Testosterone, One of the biggest trends of today is hormone replacement therapy for men, is it right for you? Studies have shown that men’s level of testosterone can drop 1-3 % per year after the age of 40, potentially that’s 60% by the age of 60. The first thing anyone must do is have your physician request a routine testosterone test upon your next checkup, look at the numbers and discuss it with your physician and for hell sakes do some research on your own, google the pros and cons, ask friends and be proactive.
You will be surprised by the varied answers you will get, some have told me they feel 20 again, others said testosterone sparked new life into their relationship while some don’t necessarily feel any significant difference. I’m yet to hear any negative comments except for how it is administered, either in a cream like lotion or injected. I tried the cream and after a few expensive months ($300 non insurance) my blood levels hadn’t changed so I opted for the injections. A nurse friend of mine shoots me up every 2 weeks and my levels have maintained in the middle range for the last several years. I’m one of the “I don’t feel a significant change” categories but a few years ago I decided to stop and within a few months I did notice a little lethargy and my girlfriend noticed it more than I did.
Much of what testosterone does is not readily noticeable such as the reduction in risk factors in cardiovascular events and diabetes and increase in red blood cells. Others are more noticeable such as maintaining muscle mass and libido. Although testosterone is a steroid it is not like the steroids that body builders use unless used in large quanties. Some indications that you may be low on testosterone are low sex drive, increased fat, unexplained hair loss and fatigue to name a few.
So if you feel you may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy check with your Doc, do some research and ask some questions. Oh, a word of caution, don’t fall prey to those testosterone booster supplements…. If you research them, you will find there are no clinical evidence to their effectiveness.