A recent initiative by Solvey Pharmaceuticals, Inc. seeks to encourage women to look for the signs of low testosterone in their men. Low testosterone, otherwise known as hypogonadism or Low T, gives rise to symptoms like fatigue, depressed mood and increased waistlines. Because women are something of a potent force when it comes to getting their men to see a doctor, Solvey Pharmaceuticals are providing a toll-free number throughout January, to support women in their efforts.
According to Dr. Harry Fisch, M.D. Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, around 13 million men in the U.S. suffer from low testosterone, yet fewer than 10 percent are receiving treatment.
Low T, mainly affects men over the age of 45. Signs of the condition include fatigue, low sex drive, reduced muscle mass and strength, increased body fat and decreased bone density. Men with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and asthma/COPD, are more likely to have Low T.
As men age their ability to produce testosterone declines naturally. Low T may result from congenital or acquired problems in the testes, the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus.
A blood test is all that is required to detect testosterone levels. Treatment is by continuous testosterone replacement therapy, in the form of transdermal gels, patches, tablets and intramuscular injections.
Low T is not the same condition as erectile dysfunction. A man with Low T has no interest in sex and is unable to perform sexually. By contrast, a man with erectile dysfunction, is only affected in terms of sexual performance. Low T develops specifically as a result of glandular problems whereas erectile dysfunction may result from physical or psychological factors.
In a press release from Solvey Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Elizabeth M. Mutisya, vice president of U.S. Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, Solvey Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said, "we are pleased to announce the launch of 1-866-996-LowT and www.isitlowt.com as part of their ongoing commitment to educating men and their loved ones about low testosterone."
The following cautions were also made available regarding androgen therapy:
Do not use androgen therapy if:
- You are a man with know or suspected prostate cancer, or if you have breast cancer.
- Your are a woman who is breastfeeding, pregnant, or may be pregnant.
Patients treated with androgens may be at increased risk of prostate cancer. Your doctor will likely monitor for prostate cancer before and during treatment with androgens.
Patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) who are treated with androgens are at an increased risk of worsening of BPH symptoms.
This information does not take the place of the advice from your physician. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about Low T or its symptoms.