Multidisciplinary Insights Into the Assessment
, Diagnosis, and Management of Hypogonadism
Hypogonadism is associated with comorbid conditions, including depression, ED, increased BMI and waist circumference, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, and other chronic illnesses. All of these are routinely seen by primary care clinicians, which highlights the importance for physicians to be aware of how testosterone levels can be related to and affected by these conditions.
A variety of safe, effective formulations of testosterone are available. As clinicians and patients become more aware of this
condition and how to properly diagnosis and treat it, the number of testosterone prescriptions is expected to rise. The medical community is increasingly treating testosterone deficiency (not aging), as highlighted by Andre T. Gua , MD, Director of the Center for Sexual Function, Lahey Clinic Northshore, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Prostate health should be assessed at baseline and periodically during treatment. Treatment goals should be to resolve signs and symptoms of hypogonadism and improve the patient’s quality of life.
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