Dad is weak; Can T help?
My dad is in his eighties and (thankfully) is in generally good health. However, he has gotten progressively weaker in recent years. His legs are really skinny now, and he has very little muscle around his hips. He now has great difficulty walking. He falls and stumbles a lot, and recently has moved from a cane to a walker. I suspect he’ll shortly be in a wheelchair if the decline is not reversed.
In addition to all of this, he is tired all the time. Without a nap during the day, he is a complete wreck by late afternoon. He is often depressed. Over the past decade, he’s lost a lot of body hair, gotten a pot belly, and might even have developed enlarged breasts. I haven’t asked him about his sex life, but I surmise from things he’s said that it’s not good. I mentioned Viagra to him once, but he replied that “It takes more than that at my age.”
Now for the purpose of the thread. I asked my dad to get his hormones checked. Here the results:
Total Testosterone: 392 ng/dl
Free Testosterone: 40.7 pg/ml
Percent Free Test: 1.04
LH (leutinizing hormone): 3.1 mIU/ml
Prolactin: 12.3 ng/ml
He just saw an endocrinologist, who has ordered more tests. I spoke with the endo and he seemed very hesitant to prescribe hormone replacement for my father, assuming no illness or diagnosable condition was found.
Compared to most people, Dad has moderately low T and very low free T. I can’t help but think that it’s contributing to his problems. To avoid the wheelchair, my dad needs to work out and build muscle, but he can’t do much given his low energy level.
Do any of you have any experience with hormone treatments, or do you have elderly fathers who have? How have they dealt with it?
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