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.
- Low testosterone, or "Low-T," as it is frequently called, has become a multi-billion dollar business in America. Why?
- What is the role of testosterone in a man's life?
- Why is it important to monitor a man's testosterone level as he ages?
- What are some of the causes of low testosterone? Is a decline in testosterone level just a normal occurrence that comes with age?
- 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?
- Other than via a blood test, are there symptoms that might suggest abnormally low levels of testosterone?
- 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?
- There is a large black market in the U.S. for testosterone. Men, especially those who are into body building, buy the hormone illegally. What are the risks of using this hormone without a physician's supervision?
- 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?
- testosterone replacement comes in a gel form and as an injectable medication. Why the difference and when should one be used over the other?
- is testosterone replacement therapy expensive?
- is testosterone replacement therapy the 'magic bullet' that TV and radio advertisements would have us believe?
- If low testosterone is detected during a physical exam, what should the next step be?