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I think I have testosterone deficiency?

I think I have testosterone deficiency?

Low testosteronre: Low testosterone can occur at age 17 but not often. Please see your doctor soon to obtain your medical history, your physical exam, and labs. If all is OK so are you. If something is not OK you should see both an Endocrinologist and Urologist. D Do not delay. ...Read more

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How is testosterone deficiency diagnosed?

How is testosterone deficiency diagnosed?

History and Labs: History indicates this may be present. Any male suffering fatigue and having erectile dysfunction should have testosterone levels. I like to use both total testosterone and free testosterone levels to verify deficiency. I also get a psa (prostate cancer blood test) to make sure prostate cancer is not present prior to starting testosterone replacement in someone proven to need it. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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How does testosterone deficiency affect sex?

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Depends . . .: I feel a bit like former president bill clinton answering your question. If by "sex" you mean male vs female, then there's really no link between testosterone and determination of fetal gender (caveat: low Dht can cause xy male to look female). But if by "sex" you mean sexual function in a broad sense, then low t levels could decrease sex drive in both men & women as well erectile function in men. ...Read more

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What is hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency syndrome)?

Low gondal hormones: Hypogonadism in men is low function of the gonads, the testes, resulting in low testosterone or low sperm production. This often is from weak pituitary stimulation, but also can be a primary testicular dysfunction. This is a problem that can be diagnosed. In most men, effective treatments are available. ...Read more

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25 male. Testosterone deficiency. Any alternative except HRT?Report says Testosterone 2.09 ng /dl(Normal 3.0 to 12.0)

25 male. Testosterone deficiency. Any alternative except HRT?Report says Testosterone 2.09 ng /dl(Normal 3.0 to 12.0)

Double check: testosterone levels fluctuate normally, so to confirm a testosterone deficiency it is very important to test twice, and the test should be done as early in the morning as possible to maximize accuracy. If a repeat test, properly done, confirms a T deficiency then hormone replacement may indeed make you feel better, and there is no alternate way to correct a true testosterone deficiency. ...Read more

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Does testosterone deficiency cause anemia and reduced responsiveness to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents?

Anemia: Are you sure you have testosterone deficiency? If so is there a reason why your doctor is not checking this for you and prescribing? Anemia is a separate problem that needs attention but testosterone replacement is very likely to increase your blood count over time. ...Read more

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If I didn't have facial hair til18years old and I was very skinny. at age 35 for the first time I checked testosterone is 150. deficiency since birth?

If I didn't have facial hair til18years old and I was very skinny. at age 35 for the first time I checked testosterone is 150. deficiency since birth?

Low T since birth: There are certain genetic disorders that cause deficiency in testosterone. If you went through puberty, then you had enough testosterone. If you are obese, then low testosterone is likely from your fat cells converting testosterone to estrogen (female hormone). Exercise, eat less, lose weight, and a lot more improvement in your overall health will occur. ...Read more

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Does growth hormone deficiency lower testosterone levels?

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Does growth hormone deficiency lower testosterone levels?

No: Your pituitary controls a number of hormones including thyroid, growth, testosterone & estradiol, among others. While growth hormone deficiency won't "lower" testosterone, pituitary damage leading to growth hormone deficiency can also lead to hypogonadism or low testosterone. It's also common to have a defect in just one hormone rather than all. Traumatic brain injury is not a major concern. ...Read more

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Can growth hormone deficiency affect testosterone levels?

Can growth hormone deficiency affect testosterone levels?

To some extent: Decline in hgh can lower the production of several other hormones to some extent. Aging is accompaned by declining testosterone levels also. Referred to as andropause. The decline is not as swift and dramatic as womens menopause, but it does cause symptoms that are reversed with testostterone replacement. ...Read more

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Can growth hormone deficiency affect testosterone levels?

Likely: There are gh receptors, igf-1 and gh releasing hormone receptors on the leydig cells. Boys born gh deficient have micro penis often. Their testes don't respond normally to lh during gestation. Pubertal development is hampered by gh deficiency until replaced. Men with gh deficiency can have impaired fertility. Replacing gh increases seminal fluid. Not sure if testo levels change +/- gh in adults. ...Read more

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I have hyperparathyroidism due to vitamin d2 deficiency, is it due to my obesity BMI 42, I also have low testosterone, and but B12 deficiency ?

I have hyperparathyroidism due to vitamin d2 deficiency, is it due to my obesity BMI 42, I also have low testosterone, and but B12 deficiency
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Low D & testosterone: Both are common in men who are obese. Vitamin d is needed for calcium absorption in the gut. If this is impaired, the body makes PTH to get calcium from the bone. Fat cells also convert testosterone to estrogen leading to low t. Honestly not sure of B12 connection. ...Read more

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Can a zinc deficiency cause low testosterone levels?

Can a zinc deficiency cause low testosterone levels?

Zinc: Shouldn't, but I would need much more information to help answer your question. If you have the time you could see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have testosterone defiency because of subclinical hypothyroidism and i want to know if this depletion will be recovered after hypothyroidism treatment. 18 year old male ?

I have testosterone defiency because of subclinical hypothyroidism and i want to know if this depletion will be recovered after hypothyroidism treatment.  18 year old male ?

Good first step.: It’s worthwhile to try to correct the hypothyroidism (which we wouldn’t really call “subclinical” at this point if it’s causing a testosterone deficiency) and see if your testosterone levels increase subsequently. Be patient, though, as this may take some time - like several weeks to months. Better to try this than to start testosterone supplementation at your age and in this current context. ...Read more

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One dr says biotin causes low testosterone. Other doctor says it increase testosterone level. I am already deficient in testosterone. Confused.

One dr says biotin causes low testosterone. Other doctor says it increase testosterone level. I am already deficient in testosterone. Confused.

Something's fishy: Hi. Wait. Something's fishy here. You treat hormone deficiency with hormone replacement, not vitamins. Allow me to un-confuse you. Testosterone deficiency is treated with testosterone (insulin deficiency with insulin, thyroid deficiency with thyroid hormone, etc, etc). What you take for vitamins is your own business, but hormone deficiency is treated with hormone replacement. ...Read more

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