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Testosterone Testing Has Increased In Past Few Years

Update Date: Nov 23, 2014 10:30 PM EST

Testosterone testing has increased in the recent years, according to a new study. More testing seen in men with comorbidities associated with hypogonadism, the study added.

Researchers examined the testing behaviors of practitioners and characteristics of men who are undergoing testing for low testosterone. Men aged 18 to 85 years were considered tested if they had undergone serum testosterone level testing for any purpose from 2009 to 2012, the press release said. 

According to study findings, 3.2 percent of the 321,674 men underwent testing with a serum total testosterone. During the study period the frequency of testing increased from 2.5 to 3.6 percent (P < 0.001). Tested men were significantly more likely to be Caucasian (P < 0.001) and have increased body mass index, in multivariable analysis, and they were significantly more likely to have comorbid conditions such as decreased libido, infertility, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and benign prostatic hyperplasia, the press release added.

"The rate of testosterone testing is increasing with most testing practices directed toward a subset of men with comorbidities that are associated with hypogonadism," the authors wrote in the study.

The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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