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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lo T, Do You Really Have it?

I get questions daily from my male patients (and concerned "better halfs") about "Low T."  And, in view of the media blitz about low testosterone, this is not surprising.

If you listen to the ads, "tired, fatigued, decreased sexual drive, erectile difficulties" you may think that you, like everyone else, has this "common" problem. The ads would also lead you to believe that treatment is very simple, just take this or that supplement and it will make you very happy. But, here's the problem, there is a ton of misinformation out there.

Low testosterone level is indeed more prevalent now than in previous years. The population is aging, and an age-related decrease in testosterone production does occur. Other conditions which can give many of the same symptoms as Low T are also on the rise, diabetes, obesity, and general stress, to name just a few. And while some medications can do it too, narcotic pain medications are notorious.

Don't let the commercials fool you. A diagnosis of low testosterone requires blood tests and clinical evaluation. It is virtually impossible to make a diagnosis or treat the condition without testing.

So, if you think you belong to the low T group, give us a call. We'll get you tested, and if necessary, put you on a proper treatment plan. Don't rely on television advertising for your medical advice!

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