A new assessment tool may help physicians screen men for low testosterone, according to a new study published in the Journal of Men’s Health.
The male androgen deficiency syndrome (MADS) questionnaire, developed by researchers at Icahn School of Medicine in New York, is designed to be a more simplified screening tool to help doctors and patients identify patients at risk for hypogonadism, or low testosterone.
The new questionnaire was used on 5,071 men from 44 centers in September 2010 and 2011. Nearly two-fifths of the men were identified as having a testosterone deficiency. These men were also more likely not to exercise and be overweight. Researchers concluded that overweight, adult-onset diabetes, race, heart disease and exercise remained significant risk factors for low testosterone.
Testosterone deficiency, or Low T, can cause symptoms including weight gain, fatigue, a diminished sex drive, and muscle loss. Supplements, such as Testim, AndroGel and Axiron, are available by prescription to help boost testosterone in men, however new studies show that long-term testosterone side effects may be dangerous. Older men who used testosterone treatments were as much as a third more likely than me who did not use supplements to have a heart attack, stroke, or die.
Testosterone levels typically decrease as men age, researchers said, thus men should discuss the benefits and risks of testosterone therapy with their doctors, including their risk of cardiovascular events, before being treated with testosterone treatments.
Source: Renal and Urology News