Most of the time "guys like to make jokes about testosterone, but testosterone deficiency is no laughing matter," reported CBS News. Research released from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine would support the seriousness of low testosterone noting that, "Low testosterone levels are independently associated with higher mortality risk in male Dialysis patients."
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Beyond the 2.8-fold higher risk of death in Dialysis patients specifically with testosterone deficiency, these male Chronic Kidney Disease patients also had a higher risk of congestive heart failure, body mass index, Diabetes, osteoporosis, as well as increased ferritin levels (can indicate an iron storage disorder). The following are sure signs that you may be struggling with low testosterone:
- Low Sex Drive
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Genital Numbness
- Decreased Energy
- Feeling Down or Blue
- Being Grouchy and Irritable
- Hair Loss
- Reduced Muscle Mass
- Increased Body Fat
Many of these symptoms also are closely related to side effects associated with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis Treatments. Hence, if you believe that you are demonstrating the symptoms associated with testosterone deficiency and would like to verify your diagnosis, then consider requesting a simple blood test which can reveal whether you have low "T" (testosterone).
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The good news about low testosterone is that it is typically easily treated. Talk with your Nephrologists about commonly used testosterone patches, tablets, skin gels, under-the-skin pellets that release testosterone slowly into the body, and even injections if necessary. Also, foods considered good to help naturally boost testosterone levels include tuna, beef, egg yolks, and cutting sugar. Upon the advice of your Healthcare Team, you may also consider low-intensity exercises and vitamin D tablets to bring back "T" levels. Do you or your loved one suffer from low testosterone? If so, what has been the impact on quality of life? Click here to share your response on the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page.
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