Get the 5 Steps to a Testosterone Deficiency Diagnosis
Diagnosing Low T is not as easy as determining if someone has a cold or the flu. The symptoms associated with a decline in testosterone levels can easily differ from one man to the next due to the fact that testosterone plays a role in numerous functions in the body. This makes getting a testosterone deficiency diagnosis hard unless an expert has been contacted.
Testosterone deficiency can easily be confused with growth hormone deficiency, natural signs of getting older, leukemia, certain types of cancer, and other issues. In fact, men with low levels of testosterone often do not know it until after they have been diagnosed with conditions that include the following:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
The prevalence of individuals with any of those conditions also having low testosterone levels is quite high. That is why it is important to check key hormone levels when symptoms such as the following occur:
- Muscle loss or wasting
- Decreased bone density
- Joint pains and bodily stiffness
- Weight gain
- Hair loss from head
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Vaginal dryness and menopause symptoms in women
- Depression and mood swings
- Mental fatigue resulting in memory loss, poor concentration, and cognitive impairment
- Decreased red blood cell count
- High cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Part of the problem in determining testosterone deficiency is the fact that there is no consensus as to what truly constitutes Low T. A consensus statement issued by the following groups recommends that total testosterone levels higher than 350 ng/dL do not require treatment, yet research has shown that the level for men to perform in all of the above areas at their best is 550 ng/dL.
These groups include:
- The International Society of Andrology
- The International Society for Study of the Aging Male
- The European Association of Andrology
- The European Association of Urology
- The American Society of Andrology
It is important to understand that a diagnosis of testosterone deficiency will be based on both declining testosterone levels as measured by blood analysis, and the presence of symptoms of Low T.
How to Get a Testosterone Deficiency Diagnosis
There is a five-step process to receiving a testosterone deficiency diagnosis. Of course, the very first thing to do is to find the right doctor before any of these steps can begin. The best choice is to find an experienced hormone replacement specialist. This type of physician will recognize that the symptoms being noticed are indicative of some form of hormone decline, and the proper testing can then be arranged.
Here are the 5 steps to a Low T diagnosis:
- Step 1 – contact the hormone replacement clinic for the initial consultation
During this discussion, present all symptoms that are being experienced, and discuss any other health concerns.
- Step 2- get a blood test
An appointment will be arranged at a local lab in order to have a sample of blood collected and tested. This will measure testosterone, as well as other crucial markers for decline or change.
- Step 3 – get examined by a doctor
The physical examination aspect of this process is just as important as blood testing. The doctor will be able to see if further testing of any kind is necessary if there are concerns about any other health conditions that must be checked before testosterone therapy is prescribed. Pulse, weight, blood pressure, and other information must be collected to assist the specialist with the Low T diagnosis.
- Step 4 – complete a thorough and honest medical health evaluation
This questionnaire will contain information about any past and present health concerns. Please fill out all pertinent issues as this can help the doctor in the diagnosis.
- Step 5 – the final aspect of getting a testosterone deficiency diagnosis is the follow-up consultation
During this conversation, each person will be presented with the medical findings, along with information about what type of treatment, if any, the doctor has prescribed.
For answers to questions you might have, or for further information or to arrange for local blood testing, please contact the staff at Kingsberg Medical for a free consultation.Brian Leeber