Low Testosterone

In the U.S. today, it’s estimated that more than five million adult men have low testosterone. Symptoms of this condition include low libido, decreased enjoyment of life, decreased ability to concentrate and decreased sports performance. Testosterone deficiency is highly associated with multiple disease states including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and asthma.

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Diagnosing Low Testosterone

Low testosterone is diagnosed through a blood test where physicians look for the level of testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), a protein that tightly binds testosterone and makes it unavailable for use by the target organ.

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Treatments

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) – Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be administered in many forms. Most patients will begin their treatment process with transdermal (TD) application routes. The most common form is a gel that is applied to clean, dry skin every day at the same time, usually after a man gets out of the shower. TD application is easy, well tolerated and allows for excellent absorption of testosterone and an even delivery of the hormone on a daily basis. There are minimal side effects. Some men will have a mild skin irritation while others may see an increase in their hematocrit, which will then need to be monitored. Injection therapy is another effective option. This involves the injection of testosterone on either a bi-monthly or weekly basis. The injections will give a high concentration of testosterone for the first few days and will decline to a low level after 10-12 days. It is a very effective therapy, but it does require the patient or patient’s partner to learn how to inject or make frequent office visits. Once starting TRT, patients should notice improved energy levels, exercise tolerance, libido and erectile function within the first few weeks of therapy. Optimal results will be achieved within about three to six months. Center for Men’s Health patients will return to the TUCC four to six weeks after their first dosing to ensure adequate serum levels. Once a good regimen has been established, blood work will be checked periodically.

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Resources & Events

ADT Nutrition and Exercise Class 8/6/2019

The ADT (Androgen/Hormone) Deprivation Therapy) class is a two-hour interactive class presentation on nutrition and exercise for men undergoing hormone deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. It is restricted to men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their spouses. The class takes place on the first Tuesday of every month in the TUCC third floor conference room.

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Prostate Cancer Support Group 8/15/19

The TUCC prostate cancer support group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the third floor conference room at TUCC. The Urology Center of Colorado 2777 Mile High Stadium Circle Denver, CO 80211 Please call 303.762.7666 or click on an online registration link below to register for a prostate cancer support group. When

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Bladder Cancer Support Group 8/27/2019

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Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month in our third floor conference room unless otherwise noted below. The Urology Center of Colorado 2777 Mile High Stadium Circle Denver, CO 80211 Please call 303.762.7666 or click on an online registration link below to register for a bladder cancer support group. When registering online, you will

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