Low T? Late Onset Hypogonadism
- During my rotation at South Burlington Family Practice (SBFP), I had multiple encounters with adult male patient across all ages who asked about testosterone. They were more likely to connect their symptoms with low T before other potential causes. Complaints included: •“I feel like my sex life isn’t the same.” •“I feel more tired lately.” - Recently, there has been an increase in commercials and ads by pharmaceuticals pushing for testosterone supplementation by capitalizing on the sensitive subject of “low T” or decreased manhood and vague non-specific symptoms of low T. - The idea that testosterone is something that occurs within our natural body and that we are only supplementing what’s originally there can be misleading. Many may interpret this as there is no harm but good, but the latest studies have shown otherwise. - It is clear that there is a lack of proper understanding regarding testosterone treatment in the public, from when treatment would be suitable to what the risks and benefits are.