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A 38-year-old male asked:

If my testosterone is slightly low should i take meds even if i have no symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Not necessarily: The most accurate way to measure testosterone deficiency is to test the free or bioavailable level. The total level may be low and not be abnormal. One risk of low testosterone that you would not feel is loss of bone. If there is any doubt about whether the level is clinically significant, have a bone density test because you would not feel this until you had a fracture.
Dr. Gurney Pearsall
Anti-Aging Medicine 29 years experience
Low-T or no Low-T?: If your morning total testosterone level result was less than 300 ng/dl and the recheck was about the same, then your md would most likely offer therapy. It has been shown that men with total testoserone levels less than 250 ng/dl have an 88% greater risk for all cause mortality. This means that the risk of dying for any reason is almost double for those with very low-t. Asymptomatic included.
Dr. Robert Stuart
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No: Testosterone treatment is inconvenient and expensive and should only be used in cases where symptomatic improvement can be expected. There is the risk of side effects, possible increase in the risk of prostate cancer, and regular monitoring of blood tests and examinations are required. Often a borderline low value is related to stress, sampling (if the blood not drawn first thing in the morning).
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Unknown: I would monitor for any symptoms for 6 months and then repeat the test to see if it goes up or down.

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