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Low Testosterone (Low-T) (cont.)

What is the outlook (prognosis) for a person with low testosterone?

In adult males, the outlook for a patient with low-T may range from good to fair; depending on the person's response to treatment and their age (older patients may not respond as well to treatment). Those patients diagnosed and treated late in the disease process may suffer muscle loss and osteoporosis.

The prognosis for women is less clear; until a treatment protocol and/or drug is approved by the FDA, testosterone treatments will depend on individually designed off-label or experimental protocols for each female and her doctor(s).

How is low testosterone prevented?

Low-T that is caused by genetic factors cannot be prevented, nor can low-T be prevented if the underlying cause is a disease caused by inherited genetic factors or necessary treatments such as chemotherapy. However, some causes that can result in low-T such as obesity, smoking, and drug abuse may be avoided by changing a person's lifestyle. These changes may prevent or delay the onset of low-T. In addition, early diagnosis and treatment may prevent muscle and bone loss.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology

REFERENCES: Low Testosterone Medscape CME Expert Column Series. Issue 1: Testosterone Deficiency in Men: Common and Under-recognized. Low Testosterone.

Last Reviewed 11/20/2017

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