If you are a man and have noticed that you’ve lost a little of your edge or have a lower libido, it might be because of low testosterone. Testosterone levels in men drop with age. With proper diagnosis and treatment, however, testosterone levels can be restored effectively. Dr. Thomas Belt answers questions on low testosterone in this post to HealthConnection.TV.
What is testosterone and why does it decline in men as they age? (first question)
How is testosterone measured or tested? (skip to 0:58)
What are the symptoms of low testosterone? (skip to 1:32)
Are there other conditions besides age that can cause testosterone levels to be low? (skip to 2:09)
Is there a link between low testosterone and other medical conditions? (skip to 2:52)
How is low testosterone treated? (skip to 3:47)
How effective is the treatment for testosterone? (skip to 4:34)
Are there risks to treating for low testosterone? Is physician supervision important? (skip to 5:29)
What are the risks associated with treating low testosterone with non-prescription, over-the-counter products? (skip to 6:49)
What is the best advice for men who think they may have low testosterone? (skip to 7:31)
In addition to having a profound impact on the quality of a woman’s life, menopause can set the stage for other problems, such as diabetes, heart trouble and osteoporosis. The latest studies on hormone replacement therapy suggest that the benefits of HRT in many, many cases offset the risks. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Ralph Turner discusses the latest on menopause therapy in this edition of Health Connection.
What’s new in menopausal medicine? (first question)
What are the benefits to hormone replacement therapy by age group? (skip to 2:06)
With respect to hormone replacement therapy, what are the risks in absolute numbers? (skip to 3:02)
What is the Women’s Health Initiative and how do we interpret it? (skip to 4:36)
What if a woman who has been on hormone replacement therapy but stopped now wants to resume? (skip to 6:10)
What is new in the area of bio-identical hormones? (skip to 7:24)
What other organs may benefit from the early use of menopausal hormone therapy? (skip to 8:45)
As a woman reaches menopause, one of the decisions she may be called upon to make is whether or not to replace the hormones once manufactured by her ovaries with hormones from an outside source that are taken orally or absorbed through a cream or patch. Some fear that hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of health complications such as breast cancer. Others believe that the risks of hormone replacement therapy are very small and are outweighed by the benefits in the areas of heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as in improved quality of life.
In this video, Dr. Ralph Turner, a gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, answers common questions regarding hormone replacement therapy.
What is hormone replacement therapy? (first question)
What are the current guidelines regarding hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 2:14)
As a woman ages, what are the pros and cons as they relate to hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 2:44)
What is the downside to hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 4:02)
What should a woman who is experiencing menopausal symptoms do? (skip to 5:05)
How does a woman decide whether or not to begin hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 6:14)