Straight-up talk about testosterone

Dr. Salvatore J. Giorgianni and Dr. Stephen M. Giorgianni | 7/21/2014, 6:53 a.m.
It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in ...
Health professionals are concerned about overuse of testosterone treatments, the effects of testosterone supplements on men and boys who don’t have a testosterone problem, and the overall value and safety of these treatments.

The goal of any rational, healthy and appropriate hormone replacement therapy is to restore key body functions to normal and to keep hormone levels in the appropriate range. We receive

thousands of requests for low-testosterone-related advice at www.menshealthnetwork.org and we recommend to boys, men, and those who care for them to skip the slick commercials, wild claims, airbrushed before-and-after

pictures, and avoid anyone who makes a “diagnosis” of low testosterone or prescribes a “treatment” based on anything less than a medical exam.

Instead, find a skilled health practitioner (there are some in every community) who takes a comprehensive approach to male health and wellness across the lifespan. The ideal provider will:

•Document in an age- and health-status-adjusted way whether testosterone levels are below the normal range for the patient

•Do valid diagnostics to identify why these levels are below the norm

•Create a multi-component treatment strategy to treat the underlying cause and safely and gently restore testosterone to the optimal level for the patient

•Provide medically appropriate strategies to address long term hormonal wellness.

•Use a comprehensive approach to male wellness across the lifespan.

So, if you’re feeling down and out, or something’s just not quite right, find a healthcare provider and Get It Checked (www.getitchecked.com) and visit the Men’s Health Resource Center (www.menshealthresourcecenter.com) for more information about the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

Salvatore J. Giorgianni, PharmD, is the Science Advisor to the Men’s Health Network, and the Chair of the American Public Health Association Men’s Health Caucus; and Stephen M. Giorgianni, DO, is a Board Certified Family Physician practicing In Melbourne FL, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of Men’s Health Network.