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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Testosterone (Overview)

Testosterone is a hormone/androgen which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What secretes testosterone?

What secretes testosterone?

Specialized glands: Brain signals regulateleydig cells in the testes which secrete testosterone. In males, most of the testosterone is produced in the testes and a small amount is derived from the adrenal gland. In females, small amounts of testosterone are produced in the ovaries and derived from the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Testosterone (Overview)

Testosterone is a hormone/androgen which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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If you're female and have high testosterone levels what exactly happens to your body?

If you're female and have high testosterone levels what exactly happens to your body?

Androgen effects: Male-pattern hair growth (facial hair), acne and male-pattern hair loss. Also, unpredictable and irregular menses. Fertility problems. Insulin resistance (elevated blood sugars) and diabetes. Easy weight gain, and often women with this problem have a lot of trouble losing weight despite stringent efforts with diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Testosterone (Tip)

Go to a credible doctor who knows the risks of testosterone and regularly monitors you. ...See more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have morning testosterone checked
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Discuss the risk and benefits of testosterone replacement with doc
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Take testosterone replacement as instructed
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How to boost testosterone?

How to boost testosterone?

If mild,: Consider these harmless lifestyle changes that can boost yor testosterone naturally: sleep hygiene to improve sleep quality and duration (even a few days of poor sleep can drop testosterone levels), lose weight, and optimize the treatment of any chronic disease you may have (uncontrolled illness can lower testosterone). ...Read more

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If the doctor prescribe Testosterone Propionate for TRT shouldn't he check your testosterone levels to know if the dosage is too much or not?

Yes: Most doctors do check a blood level to find out if the dose is correct. The timing may differ. Usually 2-3 months after starting the medication or changing the dose. When it is stable, they may check the blood level every 6-12 months. ...Read more

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Testosterone (Tip)

Male with low energy in middle age? Your doctor may check your testosterone - after your heart! ...See more

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If i start using a prescribed testosterone supplement will it cause my body to stop producing its own testosterone?

If i start using a prescribed testosterone supplement will it cause my body to stop producing  its own testosterone?

Yes: As with many biological systems, the end-product (testosterone) signals the system to make less of itself. This is known as negative feedback. With testosterone, the down-regulation of your own testosterone production may eventually recover after stopping use of supplemental testosterone. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Testosterone (Tip)

Statins that lower total cholesterol can cause low testosterone. Ask your doc! ...See more

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My son who is 15 accidentally used testosterone gel will he be ok?

Yes: Brief exposure to testosterone gel should not produce any long-term effects. Call your doctor if the person develops enlarged genitals, premature pubic hair, increased libido, or aggressive behavior. Be aware that occassionally testosterone may be used by atheletes to increase muscle mass and it is reported up to 2% of teenage boys have tried steroids for that reason. ...Read more

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Which is more effective? Testosterone injection or androgel?

Which is more effective? Testosterone injection or androgel?

Gel vs injection: Testosterone replacement therapy, or trt, can be done with shots (typically administered every 2-3 weeks) or a daily application of a gel or cream. Both methods are fda-approved. Shots increase t levels rapidly and taper off slowly until the next shot. The topical method, in my opinion, is superior in that it mimics more closely how t is secreted naturally by your body. ...Read more

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Testosterone (Tip)

What's my Estradiol level. If high, this is a big risk factor for testosterone therapy! ...See more

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Do any of the pills to boost testosterone work?

Do any of the pills to boost testosterone work?

Off US market: Oral testosterones were commonly used and abused in the 70's and 80's. Anadrol 50 was a benchmark of anabolic steroid abuse during that time period with dramatic results. Due to first pass hepatic metabolism, and hepatotoxicity, oral testosterones are almost extinct today, except if you have aids. Avoid otc prohormones, they will increase testosterone, but are equally hepatotoxic. Use injectables. ...Read more

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Testosterone (Tip)

Obesity increases the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which can lead to low testosterone. ...See more

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Is weider prime that supports testosterone safe for younger women to take?

Is weider prime that supports testosterone safe for younger women to take?

No: I wouldn't recommend any over-the-counter products of that sort. Can be dangerous, and there is no evidence of its benefits. You might see short-term benefits if you are a power lifter or body builder, but the risks aren't worth it. If your interest is in powerlifting or bodybuilding, you might consider http://nanbf.org/ (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation). Hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Chinn Dr. Chinn
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Testosterone (Tip)

Fatigued and depressed, could be low testosterone; may need depo-t. ...See more

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Can men safely take testosterone in their 70s?

Can men safely take testosterone in their 70s?

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: As long as appropriate screening for latent prostate cancer is performed, then older men can safely take it if they need it. Interestingly there are studies that suggest safety in localized cancer. ...Read more

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