Testosterone is an important sex hormone that affects, among other things, libido, muscle building and bone density. As a man gets older, his testosterone level decreases. It is estimated that 5 to 7% of men between the ages of 40 and 60 have too low a testosterone level. This is already 20% for men aged 60 to 80 and 40% over 80 years with a testosterone deficiency. By supplementing this shortage (supplementation) the complaints can be relieved, or even completely remedied.
A testosterone deficiency can be determined by the GP. After oral discussion of the symptoms, the GP can determine the testosterone level of the blood by means of a blood test. A tube of blood from a vein in the arm will be removed for this with a hollow needle. The blood is then analyzed in the laboratory. This procedure must be performed twice for a reliable measurement. If there is a testosterone deficiency, treatment will often be initiated. During treatment, the patient should be checked for complications at least once a year. To this end, blood and prostate research is carried out.
Testosterone supplementation via injection
Testosterone dissolved in oil is injected into the patient’s muscle by a doctor. This method is not recommended. Research has shown that the testosterone level rises strongly immediately after the injection, but falls below the acceptable level after 10 to 14 days. This treatment can also be very painful for the muscle in which is injected.
Testosterone supplementation via tablets
Preparations of the brand Andriol® are sometimes prescribed. These tablets are only available on prescription and need to be swallowed 3 to 6 times a day. This method is also not optimal, because the testosterone in the intestine is quickly broken down. As a result, the body does not absorb testosterone well and fluctuations in testosterone levels occur.
Testosterone supplementation via gel
The testosterone gel should be applied to the stomach or the inside of the upper arm in the morning. After 10 minutes the gel is dry and can be covered with a garment. A gradual release of testosterone takes place through the skin during the day. As a result, testosterone levels hardly fluctuate. Therefore, this method is seen as the most appropriate way to treat a testosterone deficiency.