Two thirds of GP's don't know that low testosterone in middle-aged men can cause heart disease and diabetes, researchers say.
Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) affects almost a tenth of men in their 40s and 12 per cent in their 50s, leading to loss of sex drive, tiredness, weight gain and depression.
A survey presented at the Men's Health World Congress in Vienna yesterday said many GPs were unaware of the link between TDS, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, reports the Daily Express.
Only eight per cent of those questioned would suspect TDS if a patient complained of the key symptoms and 90 per cent said they wanted more information on TDS and erectile dysfunction.
TDS is easily treated with hormone replacement therapy injections or gels.