‘Manopause’ – The Health Impact of Low Testosterone

Age related Hypogonadism

screen-shot-2017-03-27-at-12-48-18Testosterone, traditionally believed to be important only for male reproduction and sexuality, is now recognized as having wide-ranging health benefits.[1]

In addition to giving rise to male sexual characteristics, such as facial hair, muscularity, sexual function, and male the psyche, testosterone is also essential for maintaining a healthy body composition, bone mass as well as a positive mood and vigor.[2-5]

Accumulating evidence shows that testosterone is critical for metabolic and vascular health.[6-8]. The metabolic effects of testosterone explain why testosterone deficiency contributes to the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).[9,10-14]

Numerous studies have also shown that testosterone is a vasoactive hormone, with predominantly vasodilatory actions, that has beneficial effects on several cardiovascular risk factors, including lipids, endothelial dysfunction, and inflammation, which are key mediators of atherosclerosis.[15,16

Due to the multiple effects of testosterone on many organ systems, the health consequences of low
testosterone or age related hypogonadism can be wide-ranging.

Hence, symptomatic hypogonadism merits treatment, and at 23MD we measure and waiting testosterone both for men and women whenscreen-shot-2017-03-27-at-12-17-39clinically indicated by blood testing and symptoms.

Several studies have shown that low testosterone levels are associated with increased mortality,[17-38] and there is increasing evidence that TRT may reduce cardio-vascular-related and all-cause mortality.[39] Two notable prospective studies showed that TRT reduces mortality by half in men with and without diabetes mellitus.[40]

IN summary, the importance of low-T in men’s health is now firmly established; and, if left untreated, the condition has many detrimental health effects.

It is therefore very important that men with suspected low testosterone undergo diagnostic evaluation and, if a diagnosis is confirmed, are treated and monitored.

The benefits of TRT for men with hypogonadism are well established and have been shown to outweigh the risks for the majority of patients, in particular those who are obese or have type 2 diabetes.

In spite of suggestions that TRT is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer and CV disease, evidence from trial data does not support this.

Therefore, patients without contraindications should be offered TRTscreen-shot-2017-03-27-at-12-36-36

A variety of formulations are available that have been shown to improve quality of life and reduce mortality among men with

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