The Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Dr. Loren Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Endocrinologist, talks about the potential symptoms that men can experience if they have low testosterone levels.

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Dr. Loren Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Endocrinologist, talks about the potential symptoms that men can experience if they have low testosterone levels.
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Featuring Dr. Loren Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Endocrinologist

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Typical symptoms of low testosterone are actually very non-specific. Symptoms can include just general lethargy, not feeling themselves, depression, low energy. There can be increased weight, particularly increased abdominal obesity.

More specific things can include low libido or erectile dysfunction. But many of these symptoms are actually quite non-specific, so it’s important for men who have these to not only look for a low testosterone as a possible cause, but for other possible causes as well.

Men will often present to their doctor with concerns about erectile dysfunction, low libido, thinking it might be a problem with low testosterone. And while it may be, and it’s important to test for that, it’s also important to remember that there are many other causes for low libido and erectile dysfunction outside of low testosterone. So generally speaking we should test for that and make sure that’s either a problem or if it’s not a problem that men seek other potential causes for their symptoms.

So for more information about the proper assessment of low testosterone, men can see their family doctor, get the appropriate testing as we’ve discussed or perhaps refer to an endocrinologist if deemed necessary.

Presenter: Dr. Loren Grossman, Endocrinologist, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

Quiz: Do You Understand The Symptoms of Low Testosterone? ( 5 participated.)

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Typical symptoms of low testosterone are very specific.

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Symptoms of low testosterone include lethargy, depression, low energy and weight gain.

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There are many other causes for low libido and erectile dysfunction outside of low testosterone.

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Your family doctor can do the appropriate testing; you won't ever be referred to an endocrinologist.

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It’s important for men who have symptoms to look for low testosterone as a cause in addition to other possible causes.

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