Low testosterone levels for men can mean high health risks. After decades of research and hype surrounding female menopause and hormone replacement therapy, men have recently started receiving some attention about their own age-related hormonal decline - andropause.
At NBH Lifetime Health, we have been treating men of all ages for testosterone deficiencies for more than ten years. A simple lab test for free and total testosterone will determine if the male is deficient in this primary male hormone. We also test the estradiol level to determine if testosterone is converting to estradiol. Another important test is DHEA. This hormone is often called the body's repair hormone and master hormone.
For males in the 40's and above, we offer tests for the major heart factors including cholesterol, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and CRP. Testosterone is of course a major heart factor in that low levels are associated with heart disease. We have found that most men over 40 have less than optimal levels of free testosterone. More and more, we are finding the younger males can also have these difficulties. It is not unusual to treat men in their 30's who have low levels of testosterone.
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