Low Testosterone (Low T) - Diagnosis

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How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Many of the symptoms that lead to the diagnosis of low testosterone are nonspecific, and the health care professional may want to take a history of symptoms and perform a physical examination prior to ordering blood tests to assess for low testosterone levels in the body.

The diagnosis also depends upon at what age the concern occurs. Many times the diagnosis in the pediatric age group occurs because the parent and health care professional to observed abnormalities or delays in physical development.

If the diagnosis of low testosterone or hypogonadism is considered, blood tests to measure testosterone levels may be ordered. The level of testosterone varies depending upon the time of day, and most often, early morning testosterone levels are measured.

Based upon the clinical situation, further tests may be considered to determine whether the low testosterone is due to primary or secondary hypogonadism.

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Comment from: tegz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I used aloe vera gel as a food supplement and found to my dismay that it had worsened my libido, and performance in particular. I got the general physician to agree to test but he said my low testosterone was normal, 12umol/l. This was barely so, so I saw an endocrinologist and he agreed to prescribe Tostran gel 2% which is a bit messy, but better than being low bone density and low mood/physique. I would warn men, especially older, away from anything containing phytoestrogens like aloe vera products which are 99% meant for women. Soy protein powder had the same effect years ago, so I should have known... they are phytoestrogen loaded too.

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