Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and Free Testosterone—Your Normal Results May be Wrong

A medical researcher uses a microscope to look at the chemical composition of sex hormone binding globulin.

Are you experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone despite lab results that show a healthy total testosterone level? You’re not alone. Men are often told that their levels are perfectly normal, yet they don’t feel well. The truth is that diagnosing and confirming low testosterone is a complicated endeavor. It requires thorough lab testing and…

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Parabens and Low Testosterone—Could Household Products Damage Your Hormone Balance?

A rear view of a man's upper body as he shampoos his hair in the shower. He is likely unaware of the parabens in the shampoo that could contribute to low testosterone.

Low testosterone diagnoses and prescriptions for supplemental testosterone have risen steadily in recent years. In response to that trend, consumers, the health industry, and medical researchers all have looked to lifestyle changes as potential treatment measures, including healthier diets and better exercise routines. It’s important to consider how your overall health affects your hormone levels,…

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Depression and Low Testosterone—Could There Be a Treatment Overlap?

The connection between depression and low testosterone could be what's on the mind of this middle-aged business man, who is wearing a gray suit and sitting in front of a laptop computer with his head resting in his hands.

Depression has been a major health concern for decades. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), this energy- and vitality-draining condition adversely affects more than 16.1 million American adults per year—roughly 7% of the U.S. population. Major depressive disorder is also the leading cause of disability among working-age individuals in the nation.…

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Slowing the Premature Aging Process—TRT and Improved Muscle Performance in Older Men

Man in red sweater rubs the bridge of his nose. He may be experiencing premature aging. Research shows TRT may benefit men like him.

The likelihood of discovering low testosterone increases as men get older. As a result of this treatable condition, men often notice a significant reduction in their energy levels, muscle mass, muscle strength, and quality of life earlier in life than expected. This premature aging and frailty often affects balance and how quickly the muscles fatigue,…

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Research Supports TRT for Men With Low-T-Related Obesity

Female medical assistant measures the waist of a male patient. Research shows TRT may benefit obese patients.

“Men with hypogonadism and obesity receiving long-term testosterone therapy achieved progressive and sustained weight loss, while untreated controls gained,” said Karim Haider, MD, a urologist, andrologist, and researcher, who presented his research findings at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual conference. Although we have previously highlighted research showing that low testosterone contributes to obesity, this…

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Testosterone Pellets: Research Casts Doubt on Marketing Claims

A male scientist in a white lab coat looks down into a microscope while researching the benefits and disadvantages of testosterone pellets.

The concept underlying testosterone pellets is a simple one—implant the time-release medication under the skin, and let your body do the rest. For busy patients hoping to find relief for the symptoms of chronic low testosterone through Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), an implant-and-forget approach can sound quite attractive when compared to other methods of treatment.…

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