Details in the Huffington Post piece on low testosterone and prostate cancer link from Dr. Elterman:
A 65-year-old man notices he’s feeling more tired lately. He’s gaining weight and losing muscle. He can’t get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell.
His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues, among other conditions. The only finding is low testosterone — but that’s a normal part of aging, right?
While declining testosterone may be a normal part of aging, it should still be treated in men with symptoms. To me, that would be like saying cancer or vision loss are normal parts of aging and therefore they should not be treated.
As a urologist with an interest in men’s health issues, I think we need to take “manopause” — more properly know as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) — much more seriously.