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Back: Androgen Deficiency
Approximately 50 % of male patients older than age 50 have inadequate gonadal function resulting in a reduction in testicular production of testosterone. Men with hypogonadal disorders develop a variety of vague symptoms which are often denied by the patient and ignored by their physician. Timely recognition of androgen deficiency may allow patients to experience a rapid improvement in their quality of life and reduce their cardiovascular risk. However, androgen replacement therapy may alter the course of prostate cancer, especially in those individuals who have not been adequately screened for the disorder. Therefore, clinical monitoring guidelines have been published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) which should be followed for all patients undergoing androgen replacement therapy. Read More