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Testosterone Deficiency and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 

Testosterone Deficiency and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
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Testosterone Deficiency and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
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Martin M. Miner

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10.1093/med/9780199843794.003.0013
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date: 18 September 2020

Testosterone deficiency (TD) afflicts approximately 30% of men ages 40-79 years, with an increase in prevalence strongly associated with aging and common medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. A strong relationship is noted between TD and metabolic syndrome (Met S), though the relationship is not certain to be causal. Repletion of testosterone (T) in T deficient men with these co-morbidities may indeed reverse or delay their progression. While T repletion has been largely thought of in a sexual realm, we discuss its potential role in general men’s health concerns: metabolic, body composition, and all-cause mortality. This chapter examines a host of studies regarding TD and T repletion in middle aged and older men, including an analysis of treatment modalities and areas of concerns and uncertainty. Lastly it examines the use of CAM in TD; its efficacy and rationale for use.

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