ThedaCare Health Matters By: P. Michael Shattuck, MD, Emergency Department phyisician

What you should know about Testosterone Supplements

It seems that you can’t turn the TV or radio on without hearing about some sort of supplement for men. Some of them are over-the-counter supplements that claim fantastic benefits, though they have not been approved or proven by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recently, prescription testosterone has been promoted through direct-to-consumer marketing to improve strength, endurance, mood, mental clarity, and activities in the bedroom.  While testosterone is accepted therapy in certain conditions, it is not considered appropriate for age-related symptoms in middle age or older men.

Testosterone is a male hormone that plays an important role in producing male characteristics and supporting general well being. Testosterone deficiency—sometimes referred to as male hypogonadism—is a real problem that can be effectively and appropriately treated with testosterone supplementation. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testes. Testosterone levels rise during puberty and stimulate physical maturation in men. Testosterone levels can be measured and normal levels have been established. It is reported that testosterone levels tend to decline naturally with aging.

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