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4 Your Health: Movember connection to low testosterone treatment

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4 Your Health: Movember connection to low testosterone treatment 

Tucson- The month of November also happens to be "Movember" or "no-shave November". It's all part of an annual campaign to spread awareness about men's health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide. Another issue certainly related to men's health is low testosterone, a condition that may lead to more serious health issues if not treated.

Constant fatigue, depression, problems with intimacy, it can all be linked to having low testosterone. More men suffer from it than you might think and while there is effective treatment often the problem is getting the patient to the doctor.

Frank Trigg has depended on his body throughout his working career as an MMA fighter, actor, and stunt man. Five years ago he says he began to display text book symptoms of low testosterone.

"I can't work out as frequently, I'm sore all the time. I'm depressed," said Trigg, "It's the kind of thing, the spiral, the snowball rolling down the hill."

Dr. Charles Arakaki, with Universal Men's Clinic, said other symptoms include being tired all the time and there is also another big indicator, one that in some cases keeps men from seeking help.

"When you are feeling these things, decrease in energy, strength and endurance, maybe you're unable to perform in the bedroom like you used to, don't be ashamed, it happens all the time," Arakaki said, "These are indications to get your levels checked."

If levels are found to be low Dr. Arakaki said there are a number of treatment options to boost levels back up to normal giving patients their lives back. Frank Trigg said he felt the difference right away.

"About a week in to it, I noticed I was outside playing catch with the kids more, wanting to do more stuff with my wife, our intimacy got better and about a month in to it I started noticing a difference in my body."

Dr. Arakaki said even if you're not experiencing any symptoms related to testosterone, staying healthy should still be a top priority.

"If you haven't seen your doctor in awhile, go and see him, he'll be glad to see you, and you have that peace of mind."

In support of Movember, Universal Men's Clinic is offering free examinations throughout the month for military personnel, first responders and union workers. For more information click here.

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