Has your man’s libido decreased over time? Has his vigor, energy level, short term memory, concentration, and physique diminished? Does he have a stubborn roll of fat around the midsection that he just can’t get rid of despite diet and exercise? If you answered “Yes” to any of these, then your man may have low testosterone
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone, leading many men to mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to “getting older.” A gradual decline in testosterone can't explain a near-total lack of interest in sex, for example. Dr. David Marks, Chief Medical Officer at InBalance Health, which has offices in Manhattan, Greenwich, Westchester, and Wilton, says symptoms of low testosterone are common – and often unrecognized -- in men in their 40s, 50s, and older.
Because testosterone affects so many organs and tissues, "A lot of the symptoms of low T are mirrored by other medical problems," Dr. Marks says. "And for a long time, we were not attributing them to low testosterone, but to diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease.”
Symptoms your partner may experience:
· Irritability or unexplained negative mood
· Loss of motivation
· Anxiety or increased pessimism
· Increased fatigue, low energy or diminished sense of well-being
· Difﬁculty concentrating, lack of focus, forgetfulness and loss of memory
· Feeling that you have lost your edge or passed your peak
· Insomnia or poor sleep
· Joint pain
· Lacking desire (low libido) or pleasure in sex
· Decreased ability to perform sexually
· Erections that are less strong
· Increased fat, particularly around the midsection
Ladies What Can You Do For Your Partner or Spouse?
If your male partner is experiencing low libido, erectile dysfunction, irritability or unexplained mood, loss of motivation, increased fatigue, low energy or forgetfulness, you may have found the answer in suspecting low testosterone. Show your partner the symptom quiz to follow. It is important that your partner be evaluated and tested to determine if he is testosterone deficient. The good news is that if low testosterone is causing the symptoms, it can be treated successfully. Be supportive and become actively involved in your partner’s treatment.
Testosterone Symptom Quiz for Men
Dr. David Marks is an internist and former Chief Medical Reporter at WCBS-TV, New York, and a medical reporter for WNBC-TV, New York. He is the Chief Medical Officer of InBalance Health in Manhattan, Connecticut and Westchester. These centers are devoted to taking a proactive, science-based, medical approach focused on nutrition, fitness and, when clinically indicated, hormone or testosterone replacement therapy.
Dr. David Marks, Chief Medical Officer www.InBalancehealth.net
Dr. Marks received his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Marks completed an internship and residency at the Yale University School of Medicine/Greenwich Hospital program in internal medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then served as a fellow in allergy and clinical immunology at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
He spent years caring for patients of all ages and for those undergoing short term physical rehabilitation. While doing so, Dr. Marks became interested in the medical, physical, nutritional, and psychological factors that negatively impact patients’ health, lifestyle, and sense of well-being. This led him to study and to appreciate the therapeutic and preventive benefits of diet, exercise and, when clinically indicated, hormone replacement, to decrease the risk of age-related diseases. He has dedicated his professional career to helping his patients stay healthier, feel better, and enjoy life more.
Dr. David Marks was the Health & Science Editor and chief medical reporter for CBS News in New York. Prior to that, he was the full time health reporter for NBC News, appearing every morning on “Today in New York” as well as on many of the station’s evening newscasts. Dr. Marks has been featured on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, Court TV and the Fox News Channel. He also frequently hosts shows for WebMD and Medscape.
Dr. Marks has authored numerous articles for magazines, newspapers and scientific journals. His first book, “The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right To Prevent Migraines and Other Headaches” (Houghton Mifflin) was published in July 2000.