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What You Need to Know About Testosterone Testing and Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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  • The number of testosterone prescriptions have tripled over the past decade, causing researchers to sound the alarm that men may be abusing the hormone
  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suggested that testosterone products should carry a warning label indicating a heightened risk for blood clots
  • Testosterone should only be given to men with persistent symptoms and unequivocally low testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism
  • If you’re under the age of 45 and have erectile dysfunction, it would be wise to test your testosterone between 8-11 am for the most accurate measurement, as this is when your testosterone tends to peak
  • If you’re older than 45 and have erectile dysfunction, you can do the test anytime before 2 pm without misleading results, as recent research shows the testosterone cycle gets blunted with age

By Dr. Mercola

Testosterone is on many men's mind these days; undoubtedly due in large part to TV ads promising more pep in your step and improved sex life.

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