How do you tell if you may have low testosterone? Let’s take a look at the most common and accepted approach used by men and professionals today.
A Saint Louis University questionnaire was developed to help men screen for androgen deficiency (an androgen is a male sex hormone, like testosterone).
This questionnaire is known as the ADAM questionnaire (Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male).
It consists of 10 yes/no questions you can ask yourself. Here are the questions:
1) Do you have decrease in libido/sex drive?
2) Do you lack energy?
3) Have you experienced a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4) Have you lost height or do you feel shorter?
5) Have you noticed a decrease in your enjoyment of life?
6) Are you sad/grumpy?
7) Are your erections less strong?
8) Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9) Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10) Has your work performance deteriorated recently?
These symptoms may be caused by many other conditions not related to Low T. Use these questions as a starting point and if you identify with many of these statements, go talk to your doctor about having a blood test to see if you have low testosterone or suffer from male hypogonadism (a condition where the body doesn’t produce/synthesize enough testosterone).
There is also an updated version of the ADAM questionnaire which can be used, called the qADAM questionnaire , or quantitative ADAM questionnaire. The qADAM questionnaire is almost identical to the standard ADAM test, but uses a grading system for the questions, instead of a simple Yes/No answer.
For example: 1 (terrible), 2 (poor), 3(average), 4 (good), 5 (excellent)
More information about these tests and the research can be found here:
If you think that you may how low testosterone, please consult your physician to discuss further. We also have a helpful community with videos on YouTube.
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