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July 19, 2015

Testosterone: The Truth About Low-T

July 19, 2015

If you’re a man, you almost can’t avoid the subject of low testosterone – or “Low-T.” The commercials you see and hear promising to restore youthful manhood are on the air practically everywhere. But what’s the truth about Low-T? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast endocrinology expert Dr. Christina Bratcher answers questions on this hot topic.


  1. Low testosterone, or "Low-T," as it is frequently called, has become a multi-billion dollar business in America. Why?
  2. What is the role of testosterone in a man's life?
  3. Why is it important to monitor a man's testosterone level as he ages?
  4. What are some of the causes of low testosterone? Is a decline in testosterone level just a normal occurence that comes with age?
  5. Some men receive testosterone to prevent heart attack and stroke, others use testosterone to build muscle and restore libido. Are these appropriate uses of this hormone?
  6. Other than via a blood test, are there symptoms that might suggest abnormally low levels of testosterone?
  7. We get mixed information from the media regarding testosterone. Some reports say that testosterone replacement helps. Some say it causes problems. What's the truth?
  8. There is a large black market in the U.S. for testosterone. Men, especially those who are into body building, buy the hormone illegaly. What are the risks of using this hormone without a physician's supervisiion?
  9. If testosterone therapy is undertaken, are we replacing testosterone to their levels when we were in our 20s or are we replacing to levels appropriate to our current age?
  10. testosterone replacement comes in a gel form and as an injectable medication. Why the difference and when should one be used over the other?
  11. is testosterone replacement therapy expensive?
  12. is testosterone replacement therapy the 'magic bullet' that TV and radio advertisements would have us believe?
  13. If low testosterone is detected during a physical exam, what should the next step be?

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