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Vit D: Low t has many causes, but low vitamin d may be the easiest and most healthy option to correct it. The link between vit. D and testosterone is not totally clear, but many individuals have low d that when addressed their t levels retrain to normal. Before just adding vit d, have other causes for low t evaluated by your doctor. Additionally, adding muscle will improve t. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You should decide: Just as what's too much for one person may not be enough for someone else, what's low testosterone for someone may be fine for someone else. Dr. Patel is absolutely correct re an association btwn low t & mortality. There are at least 6 or more observational studies showing this. But we do not yet have any randomized controlled trials demonstrating that giving someone t decreases mortality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find cause first: 1st things 1st. Low testosterone is just a number. We treat people, not numbers. So repeat your test before going any further. Needs to be checked at least twice in early morning for accuracy. If no symptoms, just monitor (shouldn't even have checked!). If symptoms (lots of disagreement as to just what constitutes hypogonadism), need complete eval eg pituitary adenoma, hemochromatosis, etc. ...Read more
Depends upon age: As we age, we tend to produce less & less testosterone. So the frequency of low testosterone increases w/age. However, the number isn't as important as how you feel. I wouldn't recommend checking levels just to prove a point. Rather i would consider checking if you were complaining of hypogonadal symptoms. Likewise, my goal would be your clinical improvement, not just a number. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age: Low hormones comes from aging. The degenerative process starts at 30 when everyone loses about 1-3% of hormones per year. This can be expedited by poor lifestyle: too much drinking, drugs/pain pills, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, chronic diseases, trauma and poor diet. Change your lifestyle to improve your health. ...Read more
What's the cause?: Probably the first question to ask is why do you have low testosterone. Finding out this cause will dictate how you will be treated: is it a medication side effects, a pituitary problem or a testicular problem, stress, not enough rest, recent surgery?... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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