Feb 25, 2014 7:19 PM by Annie Snead
Low testosterone is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
News 5's Annie Snead has more on how replacement therapy can help.
"It decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes by up to 45 percent, it can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia by up to 50 percent," said Dr. Bob Motazedi.
Dr. Motazedi with vital life hormone replacement clinic says patients with low testosterone typically complain of fatigue, weight gain, and brain fog.
"They may be gaining weight for no apparent reason, they can't get through their exercise routines like they used to and they don't recover as well," he said.
He says we lose our brain function as we get older and using testosterone replacement is a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
"Testosterone specifically decreases the rate at which beta amyloid protein is made and we know that this protein builds up in brains in patients that have Alzheimers disease," he said.
Treatment is on-going, pellets are inserted in patients once every four months.
Low testosterone can also cause men to develop hypertension and become more prone to diabetes.