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In men younger than 40 years old, there may be significant differences between morning and evening levels. Blood testing should thus be conducted in the morning, preferably before 11 AM. Since food intake may lower testosterone levels, bloods should be obtained in the fasting state.

In men younger than 40 years old, there may be significant differences between morning and evening levels. Blood testing should thus be conducted in the morning, preferably before 11 AM. Since food intake may lower testosterone levels, bloods should be obtained in the fasting state.

Although “normal” testosterone levels are defined differently in different labs, most studies define low testosterone (“hypogonadism”) in men as a total testosterone of less than 300 ng/dl.

Due to frequent variability in testosterone levels, an abnormal test should always be repeated.

Testing should not be conducted during an acute illness, as testosterone levels may decline when you are ill.

Deficiency of testosterone is very common among adult men in the United States.

Those at particular risk include men with Type 2 Diabetes (estimated prevalence of 30-50%), obese men, and men over the age of 60 years-old.

The HIM study (Hypogonadism in Men) provides a good estimation of testosterone deficiency in otherwise healthy men.

The study found that 38.7% of men 45 years or older evaluated during well patient primary care visits had testosterone levels of less than 300 ng/ml. Most of these men did not know their levels were depressed.

Male testosterone production occurs in the testicles.

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