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'Low T' Remedies: Are They Safe?

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:52 AM

The male sex hormone testosterone is necessary for the sexual and general health in males. Testosterone levels might decline due to reasons like organ failure, a disease affecting the testes, or age (aging has a negative effect on testosterone levels and is the most common cause of low testosterone).
The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal (HPG) cycle produces testosterone, of which only 4 percent circulates as a free hormone in the blood serum while the rest remains bound to other proteins. Blood tests diagnose the levels of free testosterone in the blood serum to judge the serum levels of testosterone. Low testosterone can be identified through the following symptoms: nonsexual or general fatigue, muscle loss, depression, or weight or fat gain; and sexual symptoms: low libido, short and less frequent erection with occasional erectile dysfunction.
Today, numerous "low T" remedies are available for easily treating "low T" levels. Conscious selection of one from the many available "low T" remedies is essential and should be diligently accomplished to select treatment that is safe and to avoid side effects. The condition of low testosterone is chronic and no treatment can permanently correct low serum levels of low testosterone. Selecting a safe remedy is essential, and both the patient and his physician have a major role to play.

• When serum level reports show a slight fall in the T level, lifestyle changes like regular exercise and other home remedies should be tried. Frequent lovemaking and weight training are also suggested to help normalize testosterone levels. These lifestyle changes cause hormonal changes in the body that indirectly results in increased production of testosterone. However, disease-affected organs need specific medical treatment.

• "Low T" remedies available today include gels (most used), patches (second most popular), injections, buccal tablets, and implantable pellets (the least popular). All these are part of the T replacement therapy and are tested for their safety.

Talk to Your Physician

• While age-related low testosterone levels can be reverted through lifestyle changes, the age of the patient is relevant. Regular checks to monitor serum levels are necessary.

• T replacement therapy is safe and works effectively for the majority of patients but persons with diabetes, kidney or liver disorders, sleep apnea, or cardiovascular diseases may experience side effects like edema and water retention.

• Even once the serum levels normalize, any ongoing treatment (lifestyle changes, T replacement therapy, or any other low testosterone treatment) cannot be immediately stopped. Stopping the treatment can again lead to a decline in the serum levels of testosterone.

• The frequency of the selected safe remedy required by the patient’s condition and need as well as its treatment method should be monitored. Treatment might require periodic changes by the physician.

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With age, the falling level of the male sex hormone testosterone is a cause of concern as it affects sexual as well as general health. To counter this, many "low T" remedies are currently available, with T replacement therapy being most popular. The quest to find a safe remedy depends on each case.
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