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What Are The Indications For Testosterone Supplementation In Men
Several: There are three primary indicators for testosterone supplementation: low testosterone level on a blood test, a low free testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. Free testosterone is the testosterone not bound to protein that is available for use (as bound testosterone can not be used in the body). See your doctor for a morning testosterone blood test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few if needed: The key is to only use if needed and get the right amount to replace a deficit. Too much can cause problems with the prostate, atrophy of the testicles, fluctuations in libido and mood, elevated lipids, and acne. Blood levels of free testosterone can guide the amount of replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe but it depends: Female sex drive (libido) is even more complicated than in men. Stress, in various forms, can decrease libido. Worry about money, job, family, etc, can cause stress & distraction. Must be in good relationship w/partner. Bad lifestyle choices, poor health, medications, menopause, etc can decrease sex drive. If testosterone is very low, then replacement might help (after first addressing above). ...Read more
What is the question: Asking if testosterone causes male breast cancer or increases its risk? Asking if testosterone should be taken by a man with breast cancer? Should not take hormone supplements if one has male breast cancer without conferring with your oncologist first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Saw in the news today that testosterone supplements for men can/do increase heart attack chances by 25%--should i worry about using andro gel?
Yes: There is an accompanying editorial by dr. Steve nissan (chief of cardiology @ cleveland clinic) with the original article which was reported in the annals of internal medicine. An earlier study showed reduced risk. Both were retrospective studies. The issue is unsettled and must await a prospective trial - it may be yrs away. Use the AndroGel only if you feel much better with it! there may b risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does Niacin supplementation in a dose of 500 mg/day have any impact in elevating testosterone levels in men? Thank you.
Not great data: Evidence suggests higher doses of Niacin 1-3gm may lead to a growth hormone surge, but not so much testosterone. Remember as the dose of niacin increases so do the adverse effects like flushing. I would be very cautious about higher doses of Niacin for supplement purposes, but if your doctor feels it would benefit you from a cholesterol perspective, that's another story. ...Read more
Please explain how letrazole helps men with low testosterone. Is this better than directly using a testosterone supplement?
Letrazole: Is an aromatase inhibitor for women with breast cancer. It is not approved for use in men. There are isolated reports of it increasing testosterone in elderly men, but it has potential side effects. It is not for recreational use, but then either is testosterone. If you are truly testosterone deficient, talk w/your doctor, . ...Read more
No such thing: Sorry, i hate to be the bearer of bad news but there's no such thing as a natural testosterone supplement, at least not something you can buy otc w/o prescription. Don't believe miraculous claims by manufacturer. No supplement has any peer-reviewed published data to prove safety & effectiveness, not even dhea. Otoh, recent study showed exercise could decrease risk of hypogonadism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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