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Testosterone
Posted by: Frank
Date: July 31, 2001 8:15 AM

I have low levels of free testosterone and a doctor recommended taking testosterone. I had a recent prostate biopsy which was clear (I never had cancer). What would be your recommendation in general? I know you can't give specific recommendations without seeing the patient. I had been on beta blockers unecessarily for 10 years - by coincidence or otherwise - my libido went into major decline and I would like to get it back.

RE: testosterone
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 31, 2001 2:52 PM

If testosterone is low and libido is low, supplemental orthomolecular testosterone (do not use methyl testosterone as it is liver carcinogenic) is a good idea if there are no contraindications such as prostate cancer or elevated PSA. There are other determinates of libido, notably growth hormone, diet, exercise and sleep habits. Also, testosterone is only one of a variety of related hormones. I believe it makes a lot of sense to have them all tested and supplement in a way to balance the entire system. The only test which reflects what is going on at the cellular level is the 24 hour urine analysis. For that reason I do not bother with blood or saliva tests.



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