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Aging Male. 2015 Mar;18(1):1-4. doi: 10.3109/13685538.2015.1004047. Epub 2015 Feb 12.

Testosterone threshold - does one size fit all?

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Department of Urology, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College , New York, NY , USA and.

Abstract

Numerous studies have sought to examine the relationship between hypogonadal symptoms and total serum testosterone levels in men in order to identify a threshold at which symptoms occur and at which treatment is beneficial. However, the search for a discrete threshold may be futile given emerging evidence. Recent studies suggest that testosterone threshold varies by symptoms and among individuals. In addition, thresholds may vary between young and old men. Therefore, initiation of treatment should rely more on symptoms and less on a discrete numerical threshold.

KEYWORDS:

Hypogonadism; symptoms; testosterone

PMID:
25672565
DOI:
10.3109/13685538.2015.1004047
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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