Testosterone therapy

Testosterone therapy

By Timothy M. Roddy, MD
Urologist and Senior Medical Director, Swedish/Edmonds

Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone and when it falls to levels below normal the health consequences can impact our quality of life as well as our life expectancy.

The condition itself is underdiagnosed by doctors. The symptoms can be nonspecific and can frequently be manifested by other medical conditions. It is imperative that the physician be aware of the possible diagnosis and take the proper steps to diagnose the condition.

The first step is a simple testosterone blood test. The testosterone level will decline naturally with aging but replacement therapy has made a difference in many patients. The options of how to replace testosterone can be discussed with your physician.

The potential health benefits from testosterone replacement are many. Discuss this with your doctor and see if you could benefit from testosterone therapy.

Ed. note: Free screening tests for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and testosterone levels will be available at Swedish/Edmonds on September 20th, 6 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration for the health screenings is limited to the first 48 people. Register here or by calling (425) 640-4747. Refreshments will be served.

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