Typical symptoms of low testosterone are actually very non-specific. Symptoms can include just general lethargy, not feeling themselves, depression, low energy. There can be increased weight, particularly increased abdominal obesity.
More specific things can include low libido or erectile dysfunction. But many of these symptoms are actually quite non-specific, so it’s important for men who have these to not only look for a low testosterone as a possible cause, but for other possible causes as well.
Men will often present to their doctor with concerns about erectile dysfunction, low libido, thinking it might be a problem with low testosterone. And while it may be, and it’s important to test for that, it’s also important to remember that there are many other causes for low libido and erectile dysfunction outside of low testosterone. So generally speaking we should test for that and make sure that’s either a problem or if it’s not a problem that men seek other potential causes for their symptoms.
So for more information about the proper assessment of low testosterone, men can see their family doctor, get the appropriate testing as we’ve discussed or perhaps refer to an endocrinologist if deemed necessary.
Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist
Dr. Loren Grossman has been practicing endocrinology for over 25 years. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (adjunct) at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Endocrinology Staff at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Grossman earned a Bachelor of Science (1st class honours) in 1978 and a Medical Degree (with distinction) in 1982, both at the University of Toronto.
He has specialist certificates in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. From 1987 to 1997, he was a member of the active staff in the Department of Medicine at the Scarborough Grace Hospital, where he served as Physician-in-Chief from 1996 to 1997.
During this time he was also a member of the division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto where he engaged in clinical teaching and clinical trials. In 1997, Dr. Grossman joined Eli Lilly Canada as Associate Vice-President, Clinical Research, supporting the areas of endocrinology and cardiovascular research.