We already know the war on men is real and testosterone levels are on the decline.
But when I read an article from an influential Men’s Health website confusing men even further, I’m compelled to step in.
This post will tell you the REAL truth via the deconstruction of the MISINFORMATION found in the article.
Let’s examine various points of contention from the article:
“The fact that the symptoms driving men to testosterone therapy are often subjective and can easily resemble those of normal aging, depression, poor sleep, or bad choices at the food trough only complicates the debate.”
And what the hell is ‘normal aging’ anyway? Who defines what, how or why a man should age?
“In March, the FDA announced that it had asked drugmakers to add language to the labels of testosterone replacement products warning of increased heart attack and stroke risk. But in February, a large review of the literature concluded that the research indicting testosterone replacement as a heart risk is vastly outgunned by the research showing that it helps. Confused? You’re not alone.”
There is absolutely no reason any man should be confused. My book very specifically explains the current state of affairs and lays it out in a way any man can understand. Check it out for yourself:
“I get a testosterone shot in the ass every week,” says my childhood buddy Andy, 51, a marketing specialist in the Phoenix area. Andy couldn’t tell you the exact blood level that triggered his decision.
A single man, he’s never had libido problems, and as for his physical condition, he trains at a place where NFL guys tune up.
Andy’s choice to go on testosterone was all impulse: Four years ago he saw the ads, heard about a clinic from someone in his gym, and decided it might help him stay on top of his game. He thinks TRT has helped his body composition, but he isn’t sure.
“It is crazy how many dudes do it,” Andy says. “You’re in there for about two minutes. The nurse checks all your vital signs and then shoots you in the ass.”
I had to put this snippet from the article in here.
ARE YOU F*CKING SERIOUS ANDY? He didn’t know the blood level that triggered his decision? What Doctor is ‘Andy’ working with?
Without going much further, (read the book fellas) it doesn’t appear this dude’s treatment is ‘optimal’.
“Combine the serious users with the guys doing it on a lark, and then throw in all the dudes who quit taking testosterone after a month (19 percent, according to one study), and you’re talking about millions of buyers of male hormones.”
The only man (men) who quit T after using it for only one month can be classified in two ways. IGNORANT or working with a Doctor who is clueless in the finer art of progressive TRT also known as interventional endocrinology.
“My concern is this whole campaign is encouraging people to take hormones we don’t know they need for a disease they don’t have,” says Steven Woloshin, M.D., codirector of the Center for Medicine in the Media at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.”
Excuse me? Where do they find Doctors this misinformed?
With the mountains of evidence indicating otherwise, (many of the most recent and relevant studies are found in the book) how can a person be this out of touch with currently accepted and enlightened TRT research?
“In 2010, in an attempt to differentiate what was becoming known as “late-onset hypogonadism” from normal, age-related T decline, researchers analyzed data from the European Male Aging Study, which followed more than 3,000 men ages 40 to 79 in eight countries.
They found that out of 32 symptoms often mentioned in the same breath as “low T,” only three—a decrease in sexual thoughts, fewer morning erections, and erectile dysfunction—were associated with low levels of the hormone.
Utter nonsense. Any progressive TRT physician knows that sexual dysfunction should be the least most important symptom to identify when diagnosing whether a patient has a testosterone deficiency.
“Hell, some experts argue that even having these symptoms and coming in at or under these levels doesn’t justify the drug. That matters, because as a number of recent studies have suggested, taking testosterone may double or even triple your risk of heart disease.”
Unadulterated bunk. Straight from the book to quell the negative propaganda.
For some men, there’s no question that TRT is trouble. Back in 2008, Mike (not his real name) had borderline low T, some accumulating weight around his midsection, and amorphous regrets about the condition of his condition.
“I’d just turned 43 and noticed that everything was slowing down,” he says. “My libido was low, and I was losing energy.”
His doctor prescribed AndroGel. Mike’s testosterone levels didn’t climb much, but he says he did notice an increase in energy. “The anger went away, my frustration went down, and I was able to deal with things better,” he recalls.
Four years later, Mike had a heart attack. Two in one day, in fact. One of his arteries was almost fully blocked, and two others were at 40 percent.
For anyone, (Doctor or Attorney) to claim transdermal testosterone caused his blocked and occluded arteries is outrageous. There is no proof whatsoever his usage of T led to his condition. Lifestyle, diet, genetics and a slew of other potential causal risk factors could have contributed to his diagnosis. For this article to insinuate such is preposterous. It’s nothing more than fear mongering and even worse-bad journalism.
This confusion is why many of the nation’s hormone experts specifically recommend against screening for low T; they just can’t say whether low T is an important health problem or not.
What ‘national hormone expert’ is doing this? I’d like one name please.
Metabolic hormones turn energy into fuel. Stress hormones protect you in a crisis. Testosterone builds muscle and bone, but it mostly works with your wants, not your needs.
Of course, low testosterone doesn’t have to be deadly to deserve our attention: Sam and Myer depict life before TRT as sluggish and glum. If you can cure a nagging woe, why not?
The problem is, the evidence isn’t even very good that TRT helps your mood.
LOL. Honestly, somebody seriously needs to inject this writer with T. This kind of ‘research’ is laughable.
I would encourage him to interview one of the thousands of men I’ve consulted with and ask them if clinical administration of T didn’t improve their mood, outlook on life, energy levels, strength and stamina and assertiveness.
What can testosterone do? “When you look at clinical trials of people with moderate or mild low testosterone receiving physiologic testosterone replacement,” says Dr. Montori, “the impact on quality of life and sexual function is either minimal or nonexistent.”
Really? Seriously? This Doctor actually believes this? Clearly he doesn’t work with patients prescribed TRT.
“Dr. Miner agrees: “Testosterone without exercise and diet or lifestyle change is of very little value.” Treating obesity could entail showing men the biology behind their bellies and how it influences their T. The rest might just come down to needing an expert ear.”
“Small changes can make a big difference when guys learn how their bodies work,” adds Dr. La Puma. “If you tell guys the reason their testosterone is dropping is because of their belly fat cells, they go, ‘Really?’ Then if you tell them that their belly is not just a spare tire but an active endocrine organ, men like to know that. We like to know how stuff works. It helps to know that their belly fat is breaking them, that it’s a fixable problem.”
Specifically: It’s fixable without turning to a shot of testosterone.”
YES. And again specifically declared and written multiple times in the book. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) (by anyone in the know) has never been claimed as anything more than an ADJUNCT, or a BUMP to improve an already clean diet and vigorous exercise program.
But what if a person already following that ‘clean lifestyle’ (and not carrying a high % of body fat) also suffered from sub-optimal levels of T? Would this person not benefit from a TRT protocol? Of course he would. To claim otherwise is just ignorance of what a responsibly administered TRT regimen provides a patient.
At the end of the day, the website is ultimately trying to generate page views and sell test booster supplements.They surely won’t do a good job of that if their message is the truth. Wait a minute-people actually want the truth?
What is the truth? Hopefully you read this entire article (or have already read my book) and know the answer.
The only way to legally and conclusively improve your Testosterone level is through pharmaceutical grade Testosterone delivery systems.
Anything else is hokum and unproven. There is ZERO SCIENTIFIC evidence proving testosterone booster supplements do anything but drain your wallet.
How many men understand they can use Testosterone legally and in the context of health and longevity for cheaper than they can buy a 2 month supply of Nugenix at GNC?
Isn’t it time you bought my book and put the pseudoscience to death once and for all?
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