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On Social Media, Testosterone is a Hot Topic

On Social Media, Testosterone is a Hot TopicWhen people seek health information, the internet is a popular place to turn. And low testosterone (hypogonadism) gets a lot of buzz on Reddit and Twitter.

With millions of users around the world, both social media platforms are used to share health stories and advice.

Low testosterone is a common issue for men, especially as they get older. This hormone maintains masculine characteristics (such as facial hair and muscle mass) and plays an essential role in sexual function.

In some cases, men’s bodies don’t produce enough testosterone because of problems in the pituitary gland (the gland in the brain that “tells” the body to make the hormone) or the testes (the glands that actually produce it.)

However, men’s testosterone levels naturally fall as they get older. When this happens, they might lose interest in sex, become moody, or feel weak. To relieve some of these symptoms, some men start testosterone replacement therapy.

So what do users talk about online? A team of researchers analyzed 5,276 Reddit posts and 696 tweets to find out what people were saying about low testosterone.

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