Do you remember hearing about Barack Obama’s testosterone level? Or George W. Bush’s? Or even Bill Clinton’s? I do not. But, Donald Trump is different. He made sure a month before the 2016 presidential election that we all knew the level of his testosterone.
When he released his medical records this month, Donald Trump appeared on the Dr. Oz show to reveal his health information. After doing a blasé rundown of results, noting many of them “good” or “normal” or “low,” Oz made one number stand out.
“Your testosterone is 441, which is actually…” Oz said, then paused. “It’s good,” he finished with a chuckle.
Trump gave a faint smile and a meaningful eyebrow raise. The crowd cheered.*
To be sure, Trump is not the only American man preoccupied with the level of his testosterone. Testosterone prescriptions in the United States have nearly doubled in recent years, to 2.2 million in 2013, up from 1.2 million three years earlier. Clearly many American men, middle-aged and older, even those who are healthy, are turning to testosterone as an antidote for everything from sagging muscles to flagging sex drives.
Still, most men keep their concerns about having “low T” private. And, most men with “high T” do not make of themselves a public display. But, then, most American are not Donald Trump. They do not need regularly, repeatedly, loudly and publicly to confirm, and then again to reconfirm, their manhood.