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- Adolescent puberty changes
- Aging, especially in association with low testosterone levels
- Certain genetic disorders causing low levels of testosterone
- Certain medications, such as digoxin, spironolactone, cimetidine, and many others
- Anabolic steroids used to enhance athletic performance in sports
- Age: adolescent or over 50
- Excess alcohol consumption leading to liver cirrhosis
- Chronic liver or kidney disease
- Presence of a condition or medication that decreases androgen or estrogen production
- Family history
- Marijuana use
- Hyperthyroidism —overactive thyroid gland
- Tumors of the testicles, lung, stomach, liver, kidney, or pituitary gland
- Enlargement of the breasts with firm tissue, usually starts on one side and go on to affect both breasts
- Blood tests
- Excessive alcohol consumption
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Men's Health Centre http://www.menshealthcentre.net
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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