The ADAM Test Can Indicate Low Testosterone, Says San Francisco Doctor
Dr. Karron Power, a leading preventive medicine specialist says that low testosterone levels can derail a man’s relationships, confidence on the job, his general attitude and his sex life. “Testoserone deficiency can cause the male psyche and physique to go off-track,” she says.
Dr. Power says that male patients who come to her often complain that they’ve “lost their edge”, but they don’t know why. “In many cases their symptoms indicate that they’ve actually lost much of their testosterone,” she says.
“The ‘Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male’ (ADAM) questionnaire can determine if a man’s symptoms are related to low testosterone, says Dr. Power. “If the test so indicates, he should undergo appropriate blood tests,” she says. “A man can have so-called ‘normal’ test results for total testosterone and still have a deficiency, because testosterone may be bound to a compound called ‘sex hormone binding globulin’, so only a small percentage of testosterone reaches the cells. Tests can be done to measure total testosterone and free (unbound) testosterone.”
There are several things that a man can do to help boost his testosterone naturally, according to Dr. Power. “Testosterone replacement therapy can bring real benefits for those men whose levels have dropped too far or who don’t respond to these methods,” she says.”When appropriate for the patient, testosterone therapy is administered as part of an overall treatment provided by a qualified physician.”
Dr. Power is featured in this recent TV news story on male testosterone replacement therapy.
Karron Power, MD, is founder of the The Youth Renewal Center and creator of the Peak Performance for Men Program. Offices are located in Marin County, CA, San Francisco and coming soon to Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.powermd.com or call (415) 785-7995.