Do I have low testosterone?
The ADAM (androgen deficiency in aging male) Questionnaire was developed in 2006 by the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates to assist in the diagnosis of low testosterone.
- Do you have a decrease in sex drive?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
- Have you lost height?
- Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
- Are you sad and/or grumpy?
- Are your erections less strong?
- Has it been more difficult to maintain your erection throughout intercourse?
- Are you falling asleep after dinner?
- Has your work performance deteriorated recently?
A diagnosis of low testosterone is suspected if these are “yes” answers to questions 1 and 7 or to any other three questions. However, the diagnosis of low testosterone is determined by the measurement of testosterone in the body – a simple blood test. In healthy men, total testosterone levels between 300mg/dl and 1000mg/dl are considered normal. When total testosterone is below 300mg/dl a man is considered to be deficient in testosterone or have Low T.
What is low testosterone (andropause, hypogonadism)?
In men, testosterone levels peak during adolescence and gradually decline after the age of thirty at about 1% per year. Low testosterone, andropause, or hypogonadism is a disorder resulting from low levels of the hormone testosterone in the male and is associated with gradual physical and psychological changes that men may experience as they get older.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a steroid hormone and classified as an androgen. Testosterone is primarily secreted in the testis of the male and is the principal male sex hormone. In men, testosterone plays an important role in the development of the male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate as well as promoting secondary male sexual characteristics such as increased muscle mass and strength, growth of body hair, and deepening of the voice. In men, testosterone is essential for health and well being.