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What should I do if I think I have low testosterone levels?

If you think you have low testosterone levels, you should see your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms. If, after this discussion, your doctor believes you may have low testosterone levels, he or she will likely order a test of your testosterone levels and perhaps other lab tests.

Men don’t come with gas gauges. But the male hormone testosterone gives men energy, muscle mass and sex drive. When those things are lacking, a simple blood test can tell if you have “hypogonadism" (or a low testosterone level). Many more men have this problem than have been diagnosed and treated.

Low testosterone is not life threatening at first. However, having low levels for a long time makes you more likely to develop thin bones (osteoporosis) and broken bones (fractures). These can have deadly consequences.

The testosterone blood test is best performed early in the morning. The body's levels of testosterone vary over a 24-hour period. They are highest in the morning (which may explain why so many men seem to have their engines running more in the morning than the evening).

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