As men age, there is an increased likelihood they will develop symptoms associated with low testosterone. In fact, 39 percent of men older than 45 have been diagnosed with the condition, reports the Urology Care Foundation. According to the foundation, researchers have even found the prevalence of low testosterone increases with age, as it affects approximately 20 percent of men in their 60s, 30 percent of men in their 70s and approximately half the population of men 80 years of age or older in the country.
In terms of symptoms, affected men often exhibit both sexual and non-sexual side effects from low testosterone levels in their body. Sexual symptoms include those related to erectile dysfunctions, such as weak and limited erection potential, as well a lack of desire for sexual relations. As a result of these symptoms, a man with low testosterone levels could experience a reduction in sexual activity. Other symptoms to be reported include an increase in body fat, decrease in energy levels, a reduction in muscle mass and a higher likelihood of developing fatigue, irritability, concentration problems and depression.
Because the effects of low testosterone can affect one’s sexual and day-to-day lifestyles, various treatment options have been developed. While several exist, the only treatments to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been topical gels, transdermal patches, injections and a product called a buccal system, which is applied to the upper gum or inner cheek. It is important to note these testosterone therapy products are only approved for use by men who experience low testosterone levels in conjunction with a similar medical condition. Such conditions include a failure of the testicles to produce the testosterone hormone due to genetics or chemotherapy, as well as problems associated with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
On Jan. 31, 2014, the FDA announced it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death associated with taking previously FDA-approved products. As a full investigation in conducted, the FDA advises patients of low testosterone medications to continue their regimen as directed by their doctors. From now on, however, the FDA stressed the importance of medical professionals needing to weigh the benefits of an FDA-approved product against the potential risks of participating in such treatments before writing a prescription. On that note, patients and health care professionals are also urged to formally report any side effects related to testosterone products by accessing the FDA’s MedWatch program’s page, which can be found online at www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch.
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