I haven't been to the Dr in a few years (I don't have a regular Dr) I am suspecting Low T levels and would like to get checked. Don't know if I find a GP or an Endocrinologist?? Any help is appreciated.
The standard procedure in Australia is see the GP first who will provide a referral to an Endocrinologist who will then order the blood test(s) to check a number of hormone levels (I imagine the USA would use a similar diagnostic process). Some GP's will not bother with the specialist at all and just treat you themselves. Typically this is tested: (LH) Lutenizing hormone, (FSH) Follicle stimulating hormone, (SHBH) Sex hormone binding globulin, (GnRH) Gonadotropin releasing hormone, Testosterone levels, Cortisol and Thyroid function. They may also want a full blood panel, e.g. full blood exam, blood sugar, electrolytes and liver function as these will help in a proper, accurate diagnosis.
These tests should also be conducted first thing in the morning as close to your waking time as is possible when Testosterone levels are highest and Cortisol levels at their lowest. Depending on the results, the specialist or GP may order a retest for diagnostic confirmation before starting the hormone replacement therapy.
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