My old man is 70yo and his health has been deteriorating rapidly for the past 5 years. Compared to other men his age there is a clear indication that he need to look into many things health related if at least, only to rule out potential problems. He has no real knowledge of potential possibilities and just goes by what his doctors tell him, which has been less than desirable and results in the usual prescription of drugs that only ease symptoms of HBP, Cholesterol, Eye Condition, and Depression, many of which just causing more problems.
I am trying to help him get tested for a potential need for TRT or something else that may be wrong in that area. He lives out of state so I will just send him information that he can use in his next doctors visit. I have noticed that many of his symptoms could actually be caused by really low levels of hormones, even for his age, and he might benefit from TRT or can at least rule out a need for it, so that we can check other things. He just has no motivation what so ever and his mood is low most of the time. I know he is 70yo, but others his age are night and day compared to him in terms of health and vitality.
All that said, I was wondering if anyone could give advice on what he should ask for. For example, maybe there is a standard test out there that will do the job, or should he have specific hormones tested i.e. test, SHBG, LH, estrogens (e1,e2,e3), prolactin, DHEA, etc.
Or, maybe it is just as simple as asking the doctor for a "Full male sex hormone panel, to look for need for TRT" type of deal? I want to make sure, because he does have a doctor that can order the test and he has insurance to cover the test, but again, he has no knowledge of these things, and may not communicate his points/reasons well and/or the doctor may be incompetent and not understand what he really needs to check.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!