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Int J Impot Res. 2003 Aug;15 Suppl 4:S1-2.

Prevalence and management of mild hypogonadism: introduction.

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Wesley Woods Health Center, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, USA.


Although male hypogonadism can adversely affect the well-being of otherwise healthy men, physicians sometimes overlook it as a possible contributing factor to decreased libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), irritability, osteoporosis, and decreased muscle mass. However, hypogonadism is easily treated by testosterone replacement therapy, which may provide benefits such as mood improvement, increased bone density, and possibly reduced risk of type II diabetes. Articles in this supplement focus on populations that may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy (eg, men with type II diabetes, HIV, and ED). An overview of male 'andropause' is also provided. The authors discuss the surprisingly high prevalence of hypogonadism in certain patient populations and its impact on quality of life. Although testosterone has been used therapeutically for years, much remains to be learn about this hormone and its positive effects.

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