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A 32-year-old member asked:

are there natural ways to increase testosterone?

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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Underlying causes: It depends on the cause. Low testosterone due to testicular damage or factors like pituitary tumors require replacement. Pharmaceutical testosterone is more similar to human testosterone than "natural supplements" (usually testosterone precursors). If testosterone is low due to factors such as obesity, diabetes, and/or obstructive sleep apnea -- try treating the underlying cause.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can hypogonadal symptoms be present even if the testosterone level is in the normal range or above?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: Even though the total testosterone (t) level is "normal", one can still exhibit symptoms or low t. This is because t is bound to proteins and a certain percentage is freely circulating in the blood stream. Only a certain amount of t is active and able to have an effect on the body. This can be easily detected through a simple blood test in addition to a total t level.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of testosterone treatments?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
GREAT: If you are testosterone deficient you will see improved energy, stamina, increased muscle mass, weight reduction. Improved performance and stamina in the bedroom. One risk to watch for is it can make prostate cancer go wild so make sure you get your psa and digital rectal exam to insure this is not present.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No study links testosterone as causitive for prostate cancer. There is a $100,000 international wager on this, seriously.
Apr 9, 2012
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is considered a normal testosterone level for a 42 yo ?

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Dr. Richard Levin
Urology 32 years experience
Hypogonadism: There is quite a large range, and labs use different terms, but typically 400-600. There is daily and diurnal variation as well.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How to increase my testosterone and get bigger faster?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Hard work!: Strenuous intense exercise involving major muscle groups has been shown to temporarily increase testosterone levels. But there's no dietary supplement to do so if you're already low. If you want kids, you can try injectable HCG or oral Clomiphene to stimulate testicular production of both t & sperm. Otherwise, you need replacement t (after labs demonstrate low t).
A 31-year-old member asked:

How is it possible to measure your testosterone level?

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Dr. Howard Tay
Urology 31 years experience
Testosterone : Your testosterone level can be measured by a simple blood test. The test should be drawn during the early morning before 10 am because that is when the testosterone level is at its highest during the day. Many physician will order both a free and total testosterone. The free testosterone is often seen as a more accurate measurement of your testosterone level. www.peedoc.com @drhtay.

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