By Dr. Scott Saunders
- She was having some symptoms of menopause.
- He was concerned about being angry all the time, and super aggressive. He described getting angry over nothing. For example, he had just experienced “road rage” a few days before the appointment and purposely crashed into a car that cut in front of him!
The results of their tests were very surprising:
- She had very high male hormones and no detectable female hormones.
- He had no detectable testosterone (low testosterone), and very low DHEA.
She should have been growing a beard, and he should have been growing breasts!
Role of Testosterone
Testosterone is an essential hormone for male development. Long-term studies in American GIs indicate that the healthiest levels of testosterone range from 400-600 ng/dl, which is just above average. Testosterone levels peak in the early 20’s and decline by about 1% per year after 40.
But, signs of low testosterone can appear at any age. These signs of low testosterone include:
- A decline in physical energy, strength, and stamina
- More aches and pains in the bones and joints
- Less initiative and mental aggressiveness, or even depression
Interestingly, erectile dysfunction doesn’t seem to correlate well with testosterone levels. Testosterone has very little effect on erection and only about a 25% correlation with libido (sexual or desire).