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Health :Men with hypogonadism (or testosterone deficiency syndrome) need to soon address its symptoms

Men with hypogonadism need to soon address its symptoms. ( by Sexy Groove Radio)

Men with hypogonadism, or testosterone deficiency syndrome, need to address
its clinical symptoms before they give way to more complicated psychological
conditions, experts said on Thursday.

Hypogonadism affected men’s health, but sometimes was left untreated due to a
lack of awareness or even denial.

“Most men are neglecting the symptoms, like a decrease in libido, erectile
dysfunction, exhaustion and an increase in waist size. These are often perceived
as normal conditions that come about with age,” said andrologist Nugroho
Setiawan during a seminar on hypogonadism.

Hypogonadism occurs when the sex glands, the testicles, produce little to no
testosterone. Though present in both men and women, testosterone is the main sex
hormone of men.

Nugroho emphasized that testosterone was not only related to sex, but it had
an effect on the whole body. He added that optimum levels of testosterone had an
all-round positive effect, such as confidence, a sharper mind, healthy heart and
bones. Men with healthy levels of testosterone also had more energy, a generally
happier outlook on life and were overall more satisfied with their body.

Conversely, men with testosterone deficiency had less energy, reduced libido
levels and were more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

A man may suffer from this condition at any stage of his life. However,
studies have found that men over the age of 40 have a higher risk.

The prevalence of hypogonadism in men between the ages of 45 and 54 is 34
percent; it rises to 40 percent for men aged 55 to 64.

Psychologist Tara de Thouars said it was important to address the issues as
soon as possible, before it gave way to more complicated psychological

“A man suffering from hypogonadism probably will also suffer from erectile
dysfunction, then, he will face psychological disorders such as depression,
anxiety or stress, which will also eventually lead to problems with their
partner,” Tara said.

The psychologist continued that it was unlikely for a man to admit to
suffering from sexual dysfunction. This could potentially cause personal
problems and could even extend to his relationship with his partner. Tara said
that communication problems may arise from a change in behavior that may then
make their partner feel rejected.

Self-awareness and acknowledgement of the symptoms in sexual dysfunction is
an important first step in detecting hypogonadism.

Though physical signs may sometimes go unnoticed, Nugroho said there were
several indicators to look out for, such as a loss of muscle mass, excessive
hair fall, obesity (especially around the abdomen), gynecomastia (swelling of
the breast tissue in men) and very small testicles.

According to Nugroho, there are two types of hypogonadism. Primary type is
when the testicles are still receiving the message to produce hormones from the
brain but are not able to produce it. While secondary hypogonadism centers in
the brain where the hypothalamus and pituitary glands that controls the
testicles are not working properly.

Hypogonadism could affect other parts of the body in what Nugroho called a
“metabolic problem triad”, because it is closely linked to obesity and

Hypogonadism could generally be treated with testosterone replacement 
therapy, but proper examination was important, he added..
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