Men have options to restore testosterone levels, ranging from diet and exercise changes to bio-identical testosterone replacement therapy, says Dr. Karron Power. “A simple questionnaire can help indicate low testosterone levels,” she says.
Dr. Karron Power discusses testosterone replacement therapy on ABC News
Online PR News – 01-November-2012 –San Francisco, CA - Dr. Karron Power, a preventive medicine specialist says that she regularly sees male patients who have lost interest in their relationships and their sex lives. Many of these men also say that they feel less enthusiasm for work and play, and they’ve ‘lost their edge’. “Men with these symptoms may be showing signs of diminished testosterone levels,” says Dr. Power. “Even somewhat younger men can be affected by low testosterone.”
“Testosterone levels typically are high in a man’s twenties, but can begin a gradual decline as early as his thirties,” says Dr. Power. “It’s estimated that 40% of men age 45 and older have a testosterone deficiency,” she says.
“There are several things that men can do to try to boost their testosterone levels naturally,” says Dr. Power. “For men whose testosterone levels don't respond to diet and exercise changes or are already testing ‘too low’, testosterone replacement therapy administered by a qualified doctor may be the most appropriate treatment. The good news is there is a simple questionnaire known as the ADAM test that can help to indicate low testosterone levels and there several treatment options available to treat low testosterone.”
Dr. Power says the "Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male' (ADAM) questionnaire can determine if a man has symptoms of low testosterone. “If he does, he should undergo appropriate blood tests. A man can have so-called “normal” test results for total testosterone and still have a deficiency, because testosterone may be bound to a compound called sex hormone binding globulin, so only a small percentage of testosterone reaches the cells,” says Dr. Power. "Tests can be done to measure total testosterone and free (unbound) testosterone.”
“Testosterone replacement therapy may be administered by injection, topical creams or with pills, but I believe that the injection method has several advantages,” says Dr. Power. She says that she counsels her patients on the available choices and allows each patient to decide what is right for himself.
Dr. Power says that men with low testosterone can try to increase their levels with these six actions:
1. Lose weight
2. Manage stress
3. Get regular exercise and weight-training
4. Get enough sleep
5. Keep to a healthier diet and limit processed carbohydrates, including sugar and white flour.
6. Eat more organic food (some pesticides can diminish testosterone levels).
Dr. Karron Power is seen in this recent ABC News story on testosterone therapy: http://youtu.be/b5k9DxDrU58
About Dr. Karron Power:
Karron Power, M.D., M.P.H. is board certified under the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a board diplomat with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the International Hormone Society, the California Academy of Preventive Medicine, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Power graduated from UCSF Medical School and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health with an Environmental Health focus from UC Berkeley. Dr. Power has internship, residency, and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.