Low Testosterone: To T or Not to T

Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year old son doesn’t seem to be maturing as quickly as his peers. His voice has barely changed, he’s not sprouting much facial or body hair, and he’s below average in height. He’s also overweight and seems tired a lot of the time. Lately he’s become obsessed with the idea that his problem is Low-T. He’s been bringing me magazine ads, pointing to TV commercials and Internet ads, and is trying to convince me that he needs testosterone supplements. Could he be right? I though low testosterone was only something that affects older men.

A: The answer to your question is Yes and No. Yes, he could indeed have low testosterone (frequently–and annoyingly–referred to as Low-T). But No (no, no, no) he should absolutely not start taking supplements or doing anything to “treat” the problem until he’s been properly diagnosed by a professional. And by professional, I mean a trained healthcare provider who will run blood tests (the only accurate way to measure testosterone levels) and who is committed to identifying the underlying issues and how to overcome them, rather than to selling you a bunch of pills. Stay far, far away from anyone (including advice columnists) who claims to be able to diagnose and treat low testosterone or other medical conditions without actually seeing the patient.
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The Good Enough Mom + Moms Raising Boys + Sending a Son to War

Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, co-authors of Good Enough Is the New Perfect.
Topic: Finding happiness and success in modern motherhood.
Issues: Motherhood and technology; the new mommy wars; do you feel you’ve lost track of what makes you truly happy? Is it possible to “have it all”? The truth is yes—but the secret is to create an “all” that you love.

Sharon O’Donnell, author of House of Testosterone.
Topic: One mom’s survival in a household of males.
Issues: Is it tougher to raise boys than girls? The unique issues mothers face when raising boys; the frustrations moms of boys face; finding time for self in a household of males.

Frances Richey, author of The Warrior .
Topic:A mother’s story of a son at war.
Issues: How her political opinion of the war (the author was against it) shaped her relationship with her son; the experiences of waiting at home while an only child goes off to war; painful farewells; the difficulty communicating with a soldier who comes home hardened by combat.

Belly fat worse for older men than low testosterone

Belly fat worse for older men than low testosterone | Reuters.

Diabetes: Effects on Men’s Health

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The disease occurs in both men and women, and both sexes can experience secondary health risks, such as hypertension, kidney disease, and stroke. However, diabetes can also cause special problems for men, including low testosterone and erectile dysfunction.

Low Testosterone
The American Diabetes Association indicates that men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop low testosterone as those without. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and plays a key role in the function of the male sex organs, and in developing secondary male sexual characteristics like body hair and a deep voice. Although testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, it also has other functions in the body including:

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A Fighting Chance to Be Fertile

The case of the month is an actual patient from The Turek Clinic.

He arrived exhausted after a flight from Shanghai. We had talked over the phone several times earlier and he decided that he had to try once more before throwing in the towel on becoming a biological Dad. [Read more…]

Even more bad news on supplements: testosterone treatment linked to heart attacks | American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

Even more bad news on supplements: testosterone treatment linked to heart attacks | American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).