There is one aspect of men’s health which has traditionally been overlooked and that is the role of testosterone. There is a gradual decline in testosterone levels from the age of 30 onwards, and at 70 approximately 30% have a low level. The slight concern is that only 5% of those men who need treatment are currently receiving it.
Get peace of mind with a testosterone test at our new Men's Health Clinic
Testosterone is important for bone density, muscle development and cognitive function. It also affects libido and sexual function and is important for prostate development and growth, liver function, metabolism of fats, formation of blood cells and blood vessels and immunity.
A patient suffering from a low testosterone has a higher mortality risk than someone with normal levels. Low levels are associated with a greater chance of having a heart attack and also any coronary artery disease that a patient develops is likely to be more severe. If you have low testosterone you are more likely to develop obesity and diabetes, which can then in turn lead to cardiovascular problems.
So what are the signs and symptoms to look out for?
- Low libido and erectile dysfunction
- Hot flushes
- Decreased muscle bulk and strength
- Increased body fat/BMI
- Decreased energy, motivation, initiative, and self-confidence
- Depressed mood
- Poor concentration and memory
- Sleep disturbance, increased sleepiness
Many men will have some of these symptoms at some point. A low testosterone is not the cause in all patients but it is important to be aware of it and getting it checked. A review, physical examination and some simple blood tests are all that is required. This straight forward approach can not only identify patients who would benefit from treatment but can also identify multiple other conditions including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, urinary problems and prostate problems.
Spire Bristol Hospital is now offering a Men's Health Clinic where patients can have a consultation with Consultant Urologists, Professor Raj Persad or Mr Anthony Kouparris, and a Testosterone Blood Test. The price for this service is £230 (further tests may be required at an additional cost). To book an appointment please contact our Bookings Team on 0117 980 4070, or complete the form on the right-hand side of this page.
In terms of treatment, testosterone replacements include a tablet that you stick to your gum, gels to use on the skin and injections which can last from a few weeks to 6 months.