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What are the indications for testosterone supplementation in men?

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 more

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What are side effects of testosterone supplementation in men?

What are side effects of testosterone supplementation in men?

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 more

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Why do docs recommend testosterone supplementation for men?

Why do docs recommend testosterone supplementation for men?

Helps balance estrog: Testosterone supplements helps balance estrogen excess if there is body weight issue. Testosterone levels usually decline in male after 40 yrs of age. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

Long list: Good: libido, erections, muscle mass, better fat and Insulin metabolism, mood, energy. Bad: can elevate red cells too high, can cause increased prostate size, won't get great results w/o diet and exercise improvement. ...Read more

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Will testosterone supplementation help improve female sex drive?

Will testosterone supplementation help improve female sex drive?

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

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Male breast cancer and testosterone supplementation?

Male breast cancer and testosterone supplementation?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What effects would testosterone supplements have on mans appearance?

What effects would testosterone supplements have on mans appearance?

Depends: Testosterone in adult men with normal virilization will notice no change. Very large doses used by body builders will cause increased muscle mass, very small testicles and infertility. So called "supplements" do not cause any change in testosterone or men's appearances (except that their wallets will be thinner). ...Read more

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Can taking the supplement TAURINE in a 3 gram dose raise testosterone levels in men?

Can taking the supplement TAURINE in a 3 gram dose raise testosterone levels in men?

Definitely maybe!: As far as I can tell, this has not been researched in humans so no one really knows. There is evidence taurine raises testosterone in rats, but that does not mean it will do so in humans; the doses used were equivalent to 15 grams/day but lower amounts may help. However, Taurine has many other proven benefits. See https://www.anabolicmen.com/taurine-testosterone/ and http://tinyurl.com/hpdlzgl ...Read more

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Can taking the supplement TAURINE in a 3 gram dose raise testosterone levels in men ?

Can taking the supplement TAURINE in a 3 gram dose raise testosterone levels in men

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Taurine: Please go to a nearby library and read the several articles about Taurine. Some folks will like this others won't. Read a lot and decide please! ...Read more

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Please explain how letrazole helps men with low testosterone. Is this better than directly using a testosterone supplement?

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

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Good day. Should I buy a zinc supplement, or one a day (for men). I feel I suffer from low libido and low testosterone ?

Good day. Should I buy a zinc supplement, or one a day (for men). I feel I suffer from low libido and low testosterone

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Low libido: The only way to know for sure is to see your doc and have your hormones tested. Low sex drive can be hormonal, vascular, or from depression. Then you can supplement w/the appropriate supplement under professional guidance. W/out that you may cause harm. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If a man suffers from hair loss and took a supplement that increases testosterone naturally would it mean more DHT?

If a man suffers from hair loss and took a supplement that increases testosterone naturally would it mean more DHT?

Dubious stuff: Pop claims about baldness, testosterone, DHT, and supplements involving either is rubbish, much of it made up out of whole cloth. A man's hair loss is basically programmed genetically and expressed when there's enough of the right hormone around. Even If you get the effects on muscle / erections you want from a supplement, which seldom happens, hair loss is unlikely to accelerate. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect would testosterone supplements have on me?

I'm wondering what effect would testosterone supplements have on me?

T Supplement: many OTC T supplements do nothing. Actual T, increases libido, muscle mass and stamina among other antiaging proprties ...Read more

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When should you take testosterone supplements?

When should you take testosterone supplements?

If it is prescribed: The first step of therapy is to make an accurate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, your therapeutic options should be discussed with your md. For men, the dx/tx has been well established with the consesnus opion being testosterone replacement therapy. For women, low-t isn't considered a DX but hsdd is a dx. Nonetheless, t replacement is off-label and the rx is usually compounded. ...Read more

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What are some natural testosterone supplements?

What are some natural testosterone supplements?

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 more

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When should someone get testosterone supplements?

When should someone get testosterone supplements?

Testo deficiency: Hi. Testosterone replacement should be considered in patients with low testosterone who have no contraindications to testosterone therapy. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for women to take testosterone supplements?

Could it be healthy for women to take testosterone supplements?

No: Most often not, because it can be associated with creating other adverse medical conditions. ...Read more

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