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Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females. Small amounts of testosterone are also secreted by the adrenal glands.
It is the principal anabolic steroid directing metabolism and the repair and regeneration of healthy tissues. In men, testosterone also plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass and hair growth.
In addition, testosterone is essential for overall health and wellness. Recent research has revealed the association between low testosterone and many age-related diseases. Conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and low libido are now thought to be attributed to what doctors call Low T Syndrome.
On average, an adult male produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult female. However, women are far more sensitive to testosterone than men. Women with low testosterone may be more at risk for bone disease, heart disease, stroke, loss of libido, and chronic infections.
Fasting is not required. This test is included in many panels such as the Male and Female Life Extension panels.
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