Testosterone Q&A

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Testosterone Q&A

Dr. Henri Lanctin of Prairie Lakes Urology Clinic has answered common questions regarding Men's Health:

Is there a relationship between testosterone level and overall health in men?

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that has an impact on sexual development and function, muscle strength, bone density, and psychological status.

What does it mean if I have low blood testosterone levels?

Testosterone can be measured in the blood in several different forms. Usually the levels are drawn on several occasions, early morning.  Low blood testosterone levels have also been associated with aging, Type II diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Do many men suffer from low blood testosterone levels?

The prevalence of low testosterone in men is generally considered high with estimates ranging from 5.6 to 20%.  This is rapidly becoming more of a public health problem as more men are living to older ages and 1/3 of Americans are now considered obese.

What should I do if I think that I have low testosterone levels?

If you think you have low testosterone levels you are encouraged to see your doctor or contact Prairie Lakes Urology Clinic at (605)882-6810. All of the above factors must be considered in a discussion between a man and his health care provider when discussing treatment of low testosterone. Patients should also be aware that as obese men with low testosterone lose weight, testosterone levels typically rise to normal levels.

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