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Determine If You Have Low Testosterone With This Simple Test

Answer this questionnaire to determine if you have low testosterone.

March 01, 2013

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Testosterone, the male hormone, is one of the most important hormones for men. Its level declines around 1% per year after the age of forty, and declines even further for those who are obese. It is not recommended for men to maintain low levels of testosterone as it can cause increased risk of heart disease, infertility, depression, metabolic syndrome, decreased mental ability, low bone mineral density (osteoporosis), ability to gain muscle mass, increased body fat, decreased self-esteem, erectile dysfunction, and lower sperm count and sex drive. And according to Supinda Bunyavanich, MD, here, having low testosterone even increases the risk of death.

Dr. John E. Morley, author and medical practitioner, developed the following quick test for males to determine if their levels of testosterone is normal or not. This test is called the Saint Louis University Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male (ADAM) Questionnaire, composed of the following ten yes or no questions:

  1. Do you have decreased libido (sex drive)?
  2. Do you have a lack of energy?
  3. Do you have a decrease in strength or endurance, or both?
  4. Have you lost height?
  5. Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
  6. Are you sad, grumpy, or both?
  7. Are your erections less strong?
  8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
  9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
  10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?

If you answered "yes" to question 1 and question 7, or any three other questions, then it is recommended that you have your testosterone level checked for deficiency. The optimum time to have your testosterone level checked is between 8:00 and 11:00 in the morning when it is at its peak. You should have your T level checked twice, one week apart. If either one is low, you should consider treatment.

March 01, 2013

References:

  • John E. Morley, M.D. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D. The Science of Staying Young. McGraw-Hill Publishing.