Would you recognize the symptoms of low testosterone, even if they were staring you right in the face?

At some point in most men’s lives, their testosterone levels will decrease. However, the symptoms that present themselves will be unique to the individual in terms of type and quantity. This can make detection and treatment difficult because, for example if a man exercises regularly but notices reduced muscle mass and strength, he may just …

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Exercise your way to better sexual health.

Sexual dysfunction is often just one indicator of a bigger problem. If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, the answer could be as simple as improving your daily routines to include more exercise. Adding more physical activity to your lifestyle will improve the inner lining of your blood vessels, known as the endothelium. This not only …

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Sex hormone binding globulin.

If you’re having significant symptoms of low testosterone including low libido, decreased energy and decreased concentration, it’s important to have a complete hormone panel done in order to identify all possible causes. This means looking beyond the amount of testosterone circulating in the bloodstream, to include your SHBG levels. The problem with the protein SHBG is once testosterone is bound to it, it becomes unavailable for cells to use. A complete panel can help identify this and help your doctor determine the proper level of total testosterone for you.

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End the confusion: Testosterone replacement options explained.

Over the past few years, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) has approved several new testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products. Patients now have several options to choose from including those that can be applied to the skin via a gel or patch, injected into a muscle, placed in the mouth and allowed to absorb through the gums or inserted under the skin by their provider. There is no right or wrong choice, but the choice of treatment must take into account the patient’s age, existing medical conditions, previous and current response to treatment, and preference, as well as cost.

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Low T — what does it mean?

As low “T” commercials become more common and more men are having their levels tested, a frequent question asked is: “Is my testosterone level normal?” Truth be told, there is no correct answer for this. Normal for you may be different than normal for me. However, we have enough experience to know what these results mean.

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Steroids: no turning back.

With the Tour de France underway, talk about doping in sports is again in the news with sportscasters rehashing Lance Armstrong’s admission that he had, indeed, been doping for years and that everybody was doing it. I cringe when I hear this because the culture of altering body chemistry pervades even the youngest levels of sports. Unfortunately, what nobody tells these athletes is that once you start taking steroids you might never be able to turn back. When you artificially boost testosterone, your testicles stop making it. The testicles shut down. The testicles shrink, sperm production stops, and if this goes on long enough, even your penis stops working. These effects are often irreversible.

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Testosterone and the hypothalamus; How it works.

Testosterone levels in your body are controlled by a complex system that includes your brain, testes, and several different hormones. The hypothalamus, which is located in the brain, secretes hormones that pulse throughout the day. The release of these hormones is controlled by a negative feedback loop. When adequate levels of hormones are reached, a signal is sent to the brain to slow down production.

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