Men’s Health Expert and Board-Certified Urologist Dr. Harry Fisch Answers Questions
About Low Testosterone and Daryl’s Experience
Q:What is Low Testosterone and why should men know about it?
A:Low Testosterone, or Low T, affects millions of men in the U.S., but may be overlooked because its signs and symptoms are ignored or attributed to other causes, including aging. Men may experience symptoms such as sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual desire, decreased muscle mass, loss of body hair, low sperm count, or decreased bone mineral density as a result of having Low T, among others.
There are many men like Daryl who may be surprised to learn that they have Low T and know very little about the condition before speaking with a doctor. My hope is that after hearing Daryl’s story, men may be more likely to make an appointment to speak with their physician and, if necessary, get the necessary tests to determine if they have Low T.
Q:Are there men who are at higher risk for Low T?
A:Low T is a condition that affects millions of men. Men with other health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a greater likelihood of also having Low T. It is important for men with these conditions to be evaluated and tested for Low T if experiencing symptoms of hypogonadism.
Q:What should men ask when they go to their doctor?
A:If men have a recurring symptom that makes them wonder “could this be a medical problem?” it’s important that they talk to their doctor. Too often, men avoid dealing with health issues or talking to their doctors about symptoms, but the reality is that being open about symptoms and talking with a doctor from the start makes the diagnosis process a lot easier.
Q:What can a family member do if they are concerned about the health of a man in their life?
A:In my experience, family members can play an important role when it comes to a man’s health. If a man in your life—whether it be a husband, uncle, brother or father—is experiencing symptoms that you believe might be caused by Low T, it is important to have an open conversation to encourage him to talk to his doctor. There may be a physiological problem behind his issues, and it is important that he go to his doctor to obtain a proper diagnosis.