Did you know that the majority of men suffering from low testosterone fail to seek treatment? Are you one of them?
Despite what you may have heard about the “over-prescription” of testosterone replacement for men, the truth is, the majority of men who could benefit from hormone replacement therapy, are not seeking help.
A number of widely reported studies have found that only a very small percentage of men suffering from low testosterone, or “Low-T,” are receiving treatment. The most recent study published in the journal, Urology, was conducted by Chicago’s NorthShore University Health System. The researchers looked at the records of nearly 10,000 men between the ages of 18 to 85 who got their testosterone levels checked at the system’s hospitals between 2009 and 2012.
The tests revealed that almost 40% of men who came in for testosterone screenings could be considered borderline, or in the below normal ranges. However only 17% of those men sought any kind of treatment.
The findings of these researchers, which have been echoed in other recent studies, would seem to contradict recent reports by the FDA making headlines about doctors over-prescribing testosterone replacement therapy to men who may not need it. The lead researcher on this study said, “Although the frequency of testosterone replacement therapy may be increasing, relative to the percentage of men with [Low-T] in the population, only a small percentage of men are actively undergoing treatment.”
Why Men With Low-T May Avoid Treatment
Why would men, even those with symptoms, not seek treatment for Low-T?
A lot of the reason stems from their general view of health and doctors, which differs greatly from women. While women are encouraged to see their gynecologists regularly for all manner of routine health screenings, men on the other hand, tend to avoid doctors as much as possible. In fact, a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 50% of men ages 18 to 50 don’t even have a primary source of health care.
As a general rule, men do not see their doctors (even if they have one!) for well-care visits, but will only go when they are sick or if there is an emergency. Many reasons have been given for this, from busy lifestyles to the perceived stigma of “weakness” if you need to see a doctor.
In my practice, I can tell you for sure, that last one comes into play when a man is suffering from Low-T. Particularly when a man is experiencing symptoms that impact his perception of “manhood” such as the sexual dysfunction issues that can come from Low-T, they are often embarrassed to seek help.
Many times I see men, only because they are encouraged to seek help by their partners, but once they come in they are glad they did!
What are the Benefits of Testosterone Therapy?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Low-T: Tiredness, weakness, weight gain, sleep problems or sexual wellness issues – see your doctor. You should not be embarrassed by these symptoms, nor should you be forced to accept them. It is important you see your doctor, not only to make sure that your symptoms are not the result of something more serious, such as cancer, but, because if it is Low-T, there is help available!
You may be a candidate for testosterone replacement through the use of Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT.
Men who are treated with testosterone therapy report:
- Increased strength
- Increased stamina
- Improved sex life
- Better ability to lose weight and build muscle
- Improved mood
- Improved focus and concentration
- Improved performance at work
Your path to a younger, stronger, more vital you, all starts with having your level checked. Contact my office today, and speak with one of our wellness counselors and see if you qualify for a FREE month of testosterone therapy!
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