Bert Vorstman MD, MS, FAAP, FRACS, FACS
When men start to struggle with a loss of libido, testosterone may be the culprit. Low testosterone levels can cause a range of symptoms, but loss of libido is often the first one men notice. Supplementing with testosterone is a common approach, but it may be too risky.
A recent study finds that using testosterone as a supplement raises a man’s risk of heart attack if he is over the age of 65 or already has heart disease. For many men this is not a risk worth taking.
Of course, there are potential benefits as well. Diabetic men who supplement with testosterone may find that they can better control their diabetic symptoms. The increased metabolism and body muscle caused by increased testosterone in the system can contribute to better control of diabetes.
Are there other ways to treat low testosterone? Absolutely. Increasing exercise, decreasing weight and lessening alcohol consumption all contribute to higher testosterone levels. The Endocrine Society has shown that obese men that lose around 17 pounds will have increased testosterone levels.
Statins to control cholesterol and antihypertensive medicines to control blood pressure are also notorious for compromising libido and erections. Check on the possible side effects of the medicines you have been prescribed and if you believe them to be affecting you adversely, have your doctor prescribe an alternative. Remember to monitor your own blood pressure periodically to ensure your pressure has been normalized.
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