How are men affected by hypogonadism and how important is it to treat hypogonadism?
|The AMS (Aging Males’ Symptoms) scale is a 17-point self-rating questionnaire designed to help assess the symptoms of testosterone deficiency and monitor treatment-related changes if a diagnosis of hypogonadism is confirmed and testosterone replacement therapy initiated.|
|Region||Age 50–64||Age 65–79||Age 80+|
|Whole European Union||42.53||29.61||9.63|
|Figures from Carruthers M. The Aging Male 2009; 12(1):21-28|
The essential role of testosterone in the health and well-being of males is well established. Testosterone is responsible for typical male sexual characteristics and is required for a healthy life physically and psychologically, enabling and maintaining erectile function, libido, and overall sexual satisfaction. Testosterone also helps to maintain body composition and bone mass, positive mood, and physical energy. Accordingly, the health consequences of hypogonadism can be quite wide-ranging, and include fatigue, depression, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, loss of facial and body hair, decrease in muscle mass, development of gynecomastia, and osteoporosis.
Low testosterone can be diagnosed by an assessment of symptoms and a blood test to measure testosterone levels. If tests confirm hypogonadism, a range of different testosterone replacement therapies and formulations are available to normalize testosterone levels.