Before discussing the three myths about testosterone therapy, we should discuss why the treatment might be needed. Testosterone is a hormone that begins to drop as men get older. That’s when symptoms of Low-T, begin to appear. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 25% of men have Low-T levels.
These symptoms can include fatigue, decreased libido, insomnia, decreased muscle mass, weakness, osteoporosis, flushes and other medical issues. Low levels of testosterone have also been linked to other conditions like mood disorders, memory ability and difficulty sleeping, for example.
Low testosterone therapy options
The options for men with low testosterone levels include natural therapies like diet and exercise, and medical options, like testosterone replacement therapy. Physicians who specialize in treating Low-T will replace the lost testosterone via injections or medications delivered using skin patches or gels, as well as pellets that are inserted under the skin.
So what’s the downside? There are some patients who should avoid testosterone treatment, including those who have prostate or breast cancer, but new studies have shown that even men who have been treated successfully for prostate cancer may still be candidates for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) if they’re closely monitored by an experienced physician for recurring signs of the cancer.
Others who are not candidates for TRT include those who have enlarged prostate glands, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, those with congestive heart failure and men who have higher than normal red blood cell counts.
Is testosterone therapy safe? The bottom line is that if testosterone therapy is administered and monitored by an experience physician the practice is not only safe but also effective.
So what about those myths?
There have been news stories that try to associate TRT with an increase in certain medical conditions. The fact is, they’re not true.
Here are several:
First, there is no correlation between testosterone therapy with prostate cancer. One study showed a very small increase in prostate cancer with men who were taking testosterone therapy – 1%. That’s insignificant! The research actually showed that men with healthy testosterone levels had improved overall health.
Second, ignore the headlines that try to make you believe that testosterone replacement therapy can lead to heart attacks and an increased risk of heart disease. They’re FALSE! Actually, that claim was based on a much older study, and the truth is that recent studies showed that testosterone replacement led to a reduced risk of heart disease. Why? Low-T leads to other maladies like obesity, high blood sugar and even insulin resistance – all contributing factors for heart disease.
Third, there is no link between the media nonsense that testosterone therapy can kill you. Not true! There is simply no credible study that shows that an increase in testosterone will increase your risk of death – none!
There are other myths out there, like you’ll go bald, that testosterone is a steroid (it’s not) or that it will impact your emotions to the point of being out of control (it won’t). Talk to your healthcare professional and get the truth – bust those myths and get the testosterone therapy you need to help alleviate your symptoms.