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Dr. Janette: Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome, is frequently unrecognized and undiagnosed. Dr. Janette shows us how the condition can affect men in different ways.
Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome, is frequently unrecognized and undiagnosed. Dr. Janette shows us how the condition can affect men in different
ways. "I was tired all the time, I had no energy, my concentration was not good, and I had a decreased sex drive," says Mark Burson. According to Dr. Janette, there are different types and different causes of low testosterone. Sometimes a defect lies in the testicles or there is a chromosonal abnormality like Klinefelter Syndrome. Also, drugs, infection, or trauma may play a role in addition to alcoholism, tumors, severe illness, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. And sometimes the cause may simply be unknown. Signs and symptoms of low testosterone can include loss of libido, a decrease in spontaneous morning erections, erectile dysfunction, inability to father children, low sperm count, decreased muscle mass, loss of bone strength, breast pain or gynecomastia, loss of hair, small or shrinking testes. Also, decreased energy, irritability, and sleep problems can occur."Work and the couch were about my two options for activity and sleep," says Burson. "It didn't feel like I could ever get enough sleep." Diagnosis is by history, physical examination, and blood testing. Treatment is recommended for men with below normal testosterone levels and who suffer from symptoms."What I decided on was an implant," says Burson. "I'm already feeling better. I'm seeing changes. My wife is seeing changes. So, just because you are tired or you have a low libido does not always mean you have low testosterone. You could just be overworked. What you can do to keep your body healthy is get enough rest, adhere to a healthy diet, stay active, and stay hydrated.

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