This is the sixth video in Dr. Ball’s video blog series on finding the cause or causes of low testosterone. Instead of just giving you testosterone replacement, one thing that we can do is check the levels of DHT. This stands for dihydrotestosterone. This chemical is a powerful androgen but it is unable to be utilized in the same way that testosterone is utilized. Functional medicine practitioners will look into this to determine if the cause of low testosterone is upregulated 5-alpha-reductase causing an increase of the DHT levels.
Be sure to work with a functional medicine provider or a practitioner who understands these mechanisms, when working with someone to improve low testosterone.