2012-05-24 / Telling It Like It Is

‘Self-Taught’ Doctor Boasts Benefits Of Testosterone Treatment

By Linda Steinmuller

Dr. Martin Slavin Dr. Martin Slavin Do you worry about a loss of interest in sex as you get older? Perhaps you have sexual discomfort, fatigue, anxiety, depression or weight gain. Any of these problems could mean that you have Testosterone Deficiency (TD), and you may want to consider having your testosterone levels checked. While TD is often associated with sexual dysfunction, there are two other early symptoms of TD, physical and mental. When you visit Dr. Martin Slavin’s office at 5601 Flatlands Avenue, you can rest assure that your problems will be addressed in a caring and compassionate manner.

TD is a very serious disease that is universally ignored and neglected, but Dr. Martin Slavin has devoted his medical practice to bringing awareness and solutions to this often overlooked disease. However, Dr. Slavin, a primary care physician, did not start out as a TD specialist. He started his medical practice in 1997 and has been serving Canarsie since 2000. In addition to being a TD specialist, he handles routine physicals, immigration physicals required to obtain green cards, and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals.

According to Dr. Slavin, when it comes to testosterone treatment, “this area of medicine was completely neglected in the Canarsie community.”

Recognizing the need for a TD specialist in the area, Dr. Slavin became a self-taught expert in the field but also attributes much of his knowledge to what he learned from other doctors.

“Men start losing testosterone in their mid 20s, but it is a slow process,” the doctor said. “Symptoms include fatigue and a low sex drive.”

While 95 percent of his patient are men, women can be affected by low testosterone levels as well. “When women reach menopause, they can experience sexual dysfunction and a lack of libido – this is due to a loss of testosterone. Women will come to my office after their gynecologist is unable to resolve the issue,” Dr. Slavin added.

“Testosterone works much the same as the thyroid. When the thyroid slows down, you need a supplement. Although there are no pills to help with low testosterone levels, testosterone replacement has been available by prescription for over 57 years in two forms. A gel can be used on the skin daily or through an injection once every two to three weeks,” he explained.

“It’s a big thing in Hollywood – stars are treated all the time,” he said. “That’s why they look so good – and they’re not going to plastic surgeons.”

Anxiety and depression are early symptoms of TD. Dr. Slavin has found that these symptoms disappeared in as little as six months in men who have undergone testosterone replacement.

In the later stages of TD, Slavin says, “The disease is related to type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, and coronary artery disease, among others. Testosterone is an essential hormone which affects all of your body organs. Decreased amounts of the hormone can cause your sugar and cholesterol levels to go up and your brain function to deteriorate.”

The good news is that there are no known risks or side effects when testosterone replacement is given in proper doses. Dr. Slavin suggests that men get their testosterone levels checked on a yearly basis. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of the tests.

Many of his patients find out about him by word of mouth. He also speaks Russian.

Dr. Slavin’s hours are: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The office is closed on Mondays and Saturdays.

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