(210) 826-8900 — info@VikingAlternative.com

NEWS AND RESEARCH

What is Testosterone

What is Testosterone?

    Interesting article posted on News AnyWay Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by your body. It has traditionally been thought of as the male sex hormone, however, women also need testosterone, admittedly lower levels, but it is nonetheless important in both sexes.  Hormones are chemical messengers that signal target organs to help them function properly. In men, testosterone is predominantly produced by the testes, it is produced in response to signaling from the pituitary gland. Testosterone is broken down in part by the aromatase enzyme located in the testes, brain, skin, bone, and liver is there is dysfunction. This enzyme converts testosterone to oestradiol. This has negative feedback on the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland (HPG) which forms part of the Hypo-pituitary Gland axis that controls the production of testosterone. Oestrogen has a negative feedback on the brain, suppressing the release of Luteinising Hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland, preventing stimulation of the Leydig cells of the testes and subsequent production of testosterone by these cells. Testosterone is also broken down in part to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase located in the testes and prostate. This hormone is responsible for sexual differentiation, secondary sexual body hair, libido, muscle growth, prostate health. Testosterone has long been thought of as simply the male sex hormone, its role and function within the body is of far more significance. It is integral for long term physical and psychological health. In fact, its relationship and role in facilitating function is far more complex. The ratio of free testosterone to oestradiol to dihydrotestosterone is of greater significance than absolute numbers of the individual hormones. Testosterone, Oestradiol and Dihydrotestosterone affect the following organs – Brain – mood, cognition, sex-drive / libido, sense of well-being. Cardiovascular system – arterial elasticity and wall thickness, blood […]

Read More
Depression and Testosterone

Does using testosterone to treat depression work?

Medical News Today recently published this article about the relationship between Depression and Testosterone.   Medical professionals have been discussing whether testosterone treatment can actually reduce depressive symptoms in men for many years. A recent meta-analysis attempts to draw a clearer picture. Depression is a major global concern. Per year, major depressive disorder affects an estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes depression as “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” There are drugs available to manage depressive symptoms, but they do not work for everyone. In fact, a significant percentage of people do not experience long-term relief, even after trying multiple drugs. Depression is roughly twice as common in women as it is in men, which means that depression currently affects around 100 million men. The testosterone debate Scientists have been discussing whether or not testosterone therapy could help treat depression in men for several decades. As a neuroactive steroid, testosterone can influence mood, making it a reasonable hormone to study in regard to low mood. In rodent models of depression, testosterone therapy boosts production of serotonin, or the happy chemical. Also, testosterone levels tend to drop as men age, and some studies have shown that men with lower levels are more likely to have depressive symptoms. However, other studies have found no relationship between lower levels of testosterone and low mood. Others still did find links between testosterone levels and depression, but only in certain groups of men. Due to discrepancies between studies, healthcare professionals do not recommend testosterone treatment to men with depression; however, there is a strong possibility that at least some men might benefit. Existing depression therapies only work for a subset of the population. For this reason, it is vital to understand whether testosterone might help in treatment-resistant cases. To this end, some researchers recently carried out a meta-analysis on existing studies that looked […]

Read More

Testosterone used to reduce pain

Higher levels of total testosterone were found to be associated with reduced pain intensity in the operated knee of patients who underwent total knee replacement (TKR) for severe knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to study results published in Arthritis Care & Research. The study included 272 participants (53% women) aged ≥60 years who underwent unilateral TKR because of severe knee OA. Serum testosterone levels were measured and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain and function scores were assessed in the operated and contralateral knee 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. A total of 56% of participants had radiographic knee OA with a Kellgren-Lawrence grade ≥2 in the nonoperated knee. The researchers performed cross-sectional analyses by gender and body mass index subgroups and used multivariable regression that adjusted for age, physical activity, and body mass index. Higher serum testosterone levels in the operated knee were associated with lower WOMAC pain scores in both men and women (P =.02 for both) and with decreased WOMAC disability scores in women and obese men (P =.02 for both). In the nonoperated knee, serum testosterone levels were not associated with WOMAC pain score but were associated with less disability in women (P =.02). Study limitations include its cross-sectional design, and that postsurgery analgesic regimens may have influenced the association between serum testosterone levels and WOMAC pain and disability. “Additional studies with a prospective design are needed to further explore and clarify the role of higher physiological [testosterone] levels in patients with symptomatic knee OA,” noted the researchers. Reference Freystaetter G, Fischer K, Orav EJ, et al. Total serum testosterone and WOMAC pain and function among older men and women with severe knee OA [published online September 26, 2019]. Arthritis Care Res. doi:10.1002/acr.24074   Read full article

Read More
PT-141 Sex shot

Sex Shot!! PT-141 – Boost your libido

In the news today is PT-141 which is being called a “sex shot”.  This article claims that PT-141 works on both men and woman and “stimulates that part of your brain that says, ‘Hey, I’m kind of in the mood.”  If you want to speak to someone about PT-141 for your or your partner, visit us at Viking Alternative and speak to one of our Hormone specialists!  Simple, no cost, no obligation consultation to find out if this is right for you.   Here is an article that appeared in the news today: Suzanne Somers, 73, sees age as nothing but a number and recently made a racy confession about herself and her 83-year-old husband Alan Hamel. Somers got candid about her sex life and the ‘sex shot’ which keeps her and her husband sexually active after being married for almost 43 years, according to DailyMail. The 73-year-old actress also credited bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as a reason for her happening life. She shared, “I’m kind of in that groove, like when you were younger and you’re in the mood all the time. So is he, because he’s on hormone replacements.” Both Somers and Hamel have taken bioidentical hormones in order to help replace what their body is lacking, as per their lab work. She added that they started taking shots of PT-141  routinely after getting to know that it is a “sexual stimulant that works on your brain”. “I thought, ‘Wow, what a great thing.’ Because men have had Viagra, but this is actually a shot for both men and women that’s not a drug,” she continued. “It just stimulates that part of your brain that says, ‘Hey, I’m kind of in the mood.’ And, so, isn’t that a wonderful thing? And it’s not a drug, so I love it”. […]

Read More
Testossterone in syringe

Are you depressed? Check Testosterone levels!

Testosterone is a sex hormone that controls the production of sperm and sex drive. Here we reveal a few symptoms that indicate a low level of this hormone in your body. It is usually believed that the production of testosterone decreases with age. But it may not be the only reason behind a low testosterone level. This is a sex hormone mostly associated with men. It affects sperm production and physical looks of a man besides stimulating his sex drive. According to the American Urological Association, you may have a low testosterone level if the levels of this hormone fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/DL). You can determine your T level through a simple blood test called a serum testosterone test. Look out for some symptoms before you decide to visit a doctor. Here are a few common signs of low testosterone in males. Low sex drive: The most common effect of low testosterone is low libido (sex drive) in men. The decline in sex drive due to age is not noticeable, but the sudden decline in sex drive due to a sudden fall in the level of testosterone can be noticed easily. The amygdala in your brain contains testosterone receptors, which are responsible for sexual desire. Without the required amount of testosterone, these receptors don’t work and sex drive in men comes down. Your muscles will shrink: Testosterone helps in assembling and producing proteins, which are responsible for building body mass. When the testosterone level falls, the body starts to break down muscle tissue. According to a study published in the journal Nature, people with low testosterone level have double to triple the risk of developing muscle loss with aging than those with normal levels The penis may get smaller: According to a study published in 2018 in […]

Read More

Truths from Tall Tales – New Book about Testosterone

This is a review of the book entitled Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis which was published by the Harvard University press. The review was published by Nature.com and the full article on Testosterone can be found here. Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography  Rebecca M. Jordan-Young, Katrina Karkazis Harvard University Press (2019) On 1 June 1889, renowned neurologist Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard shocked his colleagues. Speaking at the Paris Society of Biology, the 72-year-old announced that a slurry made from the ground testicles of guinea pigs and dogs (injected under his skin ten times in three weeks) made him stronger. He also noted that his “jet of urine” lengthened by 25%. Brown-Séquard was ridiculed by his peers throughout Europe for disseminating results with no scientific basis and promoting quack youth-enhancing ‘cures’. Yet the bizarre elixir found favor with members of the public in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe — at least among men eager to recapture youthful sexual prowess. As the engaging book Testosterone explains, Brown-Séquard’s testimonial helped to shape future studies that linked the hormone to alleged ‘manliness’. Anthropologist Katrina Karkazis and sociomedical scientist Rebecca Jordan-Young did not write Testosterone to rehash familiar tales of wacky hormone experiments of yore, although this is one of a few that they include. Their contention is that many testosterone researchers — then and now, and intentionally or not — interpret data with blinkers on. When the facts do not fit the paradigm, the authors argue, findings are molded into flawed dogma. Karkazis and Jordan-Young strive to comprehend how scientific practice around testosterone unfolds, and explore how the results “circulate and morph in the world”. Today, the biochemistry of this steroid hormone is well known, from its daily fluctuations to its synthesis from cholesterol and occasional conversion to oestradiol, a form of […]

Read More
5 Myths of Testosterone

Testosterone – 5 Myths!

An interesting article originally published by the Washington Post describing the five top myths surrounding Testosterone. Testosterone has a fascinating double life: A molecule with a precise chemical structure, it also has an outsize cultural presence, winning praise and blame for a wide range of characteristics typically associated with masculinity. Many of the claims go well beyond or even directly against the scientific evidence about what scientists call “T.” Myth No. 1 – Testosterone is the male sex hormone. In answer to the question “What are male sex hormones?” the National Institutes of Health says testosterone is one of the most abundant of the androgens, “a class of hormones that control the development and maintenance of male characteristics.” The website Live Science says testosterone “is a male sex hormone that is important for sexual and reproductive development.” But T isn’t just a male hormone: It’s also the most abundant biologically active steroid hormone in women’s bodies — crucial for female development and well-being. It helps support ovulation, for instance. And T isn’t just a sex hormone, either. In men and women, receptors for the hormone are found in almost all tissues, and it contributes to lean body mass, bone health, cognitive function and mood, among other attributes. Both testosterone and the supposed female sex hormone estrogen were identified in the context of scientists’ search for the chemical essences of maleness and femaleness, an origin story that helps explain the tenacity of the “sex hormone” label. Another explanation may be the confusion of quantity with importance. Yes, men generally have much higher levels of T than women. But greater quantity doesn’t equate to greater function (elephants have bigger brains than humans, but brains aren’t more important to elephants than to us). Myth No. 2 – Testosterone drives aggression and sexual violence. […]

Read More
Male Health check ups

Man UP!!! Get Man Check ups.

Men tend to avoid or delay regular health checks and their own health is often poorer than their partners or women of the same age. Men can improve their health with changes to diet, exercise, and other lifestyle improvements but first, it is important to have a health check. Health issues relevant to men Bowel cancer: More in common in men than women and the risk increases over the age of 50 years. Home test kits are provided by the Government National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and from your pharmacy. Depression: Depression affects about one in eight men in Australia, and men are more likely to suicide than women. Men are more likely than women to describe the physical symptoms of depression but they are less likely to seek help. Erectile dysfunction: Also called ED or impotence, means being unable to get and/or keep an erection that allows sexual intercourse. ED is common but most men don’t like to talk about it even with their doctor. It is important to know some medical conditions can lead to ED – diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, Parkinson’s disease, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, stress and some medicines can also be a cause of ED. Heart disease: Men are more likely to die from heart disease than women and the risk factors for heart disease – which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and being overweight – are more common in men. Low testosterone: Testosterone is a male sex hormone and low levels can be caused by disorders of the testes or pituitary gland, and other health problems like obesity. Testosterone levels fall as men age and the symptoms of low testosterone can include being tired, feeling irritable and having less sex drive. Male pattern hair loss: Baldness, this can cause […]

Read More
Male Menopause

What is Andropause? Male Menopause!

Male menopause? The first thing that you wonder when you hear this term is can a man experience menopause? Well, if research studies are to be believed, women are not the only ones who go through hormonal changes during old age. Even men experience low levels of hormones as they age. However, in some men, this decline may lead to low testosterone. This is the reason why many experts prefer to call the condition andropause or late-onset hypogonadism (LOH) or androgen deficiency in aging male (ADAM) instead of male menopause. What is andropause? Andropause is derived from Greek words in which “Andras” means human male and “pause” means cessation. Hence, andropause is defined as a condition which causes a decrease in sexual satisfaction or a decline in the generalized feeling of well-being due to testosterone deficiency. What causes andropause? In every man, the level of testosterone hormone tends to decline after the age of 25 and continues to decrease gradually till the rest of the life. The hormone levels decline at a rate of one percent per year with age. The production of testosterone decreases as a function of age, however, this decrease is not universal. Moreover, the rate of decline in hormonal levels is different in different individuals. In most men, the gradual decline of the hormonal levels doesn’t seem to have any effect on their sexual performance. However, in some, it can lead to a drastic fall in sex drive or libido. The rate of decline is affected by chronic health problems such as obesity, illness, emotional stress, medication and poor lifestyles. At what age does andropause begin? Andropause can occur between 40-60 years of age. Sometimes, younger men may also experience andropause symptoms due to certain health issues. What happens during andropause? One of the reasons for […]

Read More
Featured Video Play Icon

Nasal Testostorone Study Completed

New Data Demonstrates That NATESTO® Increases Serum Testosterone And Improves Symptoms While Maintaining Normal Semen Parameters In Men With Low Testosterone Through Six Months – NATESTO® shown to significantly increase mean testosterone levels, while maintaining sufficient gonadotropins to preserve fertility – Improvement in quality-of-life, overall satisfaction and sexual desire was reported – Approximately 65% of men become infertile when prescribed other testosterone therapies for six months; recovery is not assured following discontinuation of these therapies¹,² NEWS PROVIDED BY Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation  Oct 17, 2019, 08:30 ET TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation today announced the presentation of data from the NATESTO® Spermatogenesis Study as part of the “Late Breaking” Abstract Session at the 75th Annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Yesterday’s presentation was one of only six abstracts accepted as part of this session. Findings from the study demonstrated that 95% of men treated with NATESTO® for hypogonadism for three and six months, maintained their semen parameters within the normal range while increasing serum testosterone levels to normal and improving hypogonadal symptoms. This is the first such study to demonstrate conclusively that a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can maintain key fertility parameters in hypogonadal men. Researchers attributed these findings to NATESTO®‘s fast absorption and unique dosing schedule designed to produce fluctuations of testosterone levels in the bloodstream. “Low testosterone affects about 12% of men under 40, at a time when their interest in having a family may be highest. Unfortunately, the therapies we use to restore testosterone levels can impact sperm production and function, resulting in infertility,” said Ranjith Ramasamy, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Reproductive Urology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the study’s principal investigator. “Our study shows that NATESTO® can be a good option for these men. After six months of treatment, the […]

Read More
Featured Video Play Icon

Irritable? Forgetful? Fatigued? Test your Hormones!

Dr. David Zava discusses how hormone balance is important in life – the connection between disease and hormones and the connection between feeling good and hormones.   We have established a partnership with ZRT Labs which allows you to order the testing kit you would like, complete the testing in your own home, and receive the results directly from the lab.  For more information, please see our Testing Kits page.

Read More

Health Benefits of HRT

Article from Aesthetic News & Trends, Aesthetic   Beverly Hills, Calif., dermatologist Ronald Moy, M.D., says that bioidentical hormones have been shown to decrease and prevent the risk of Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and heart disease, which parallels the increased risk of heart disease that comes with aging. In general, the treatment goal with bioidentical hormone treatment is to get patients to where they should be optimally — not to over or under treat, according to Dr. Moy. Dr. Moy says he focuses on taking baseline blood tests for levels of all the hormones and then prescribing based on blood tests and symptoms. “Many women are perimenopausal or postmenopausal and their levels will be low,” he says. “I try to get their levels to the high end of normal, or what we term ‘optimal.’ Their thyroid free T3 might be 2.4 and they need to get it up to 4.2. If they get it up, they feel better. Or the free testosterone is the low end of normal and if they get it up to the higher end of normal, they all of the sudden get in a better mood, have better skin, energy and libido. Obviously, you have to interpret everything within the context of the patient, as adjustment is made by many factors.” Treating patients with bioidentical hormones is not conventional dermatology but is a part of dermatology practice, according to Dr. Moy. The addition of BHRT has been the most beneficial of all other treatments that Dr. Moy offers. “It’s an area where most endocrinologists aren’t doing much, and most ob-gyns aren’t focused on all of the hormones nor do they understand the concept of optimizing levels. It’s sort of an unmet need, and I think that’s one reason it has become so common in my practice and so well […]

Read More

Fast Food impacts testosterone levels in men

Obese men hoping to sire children—beware. Obesity is known to be associated with impaired testicular function, potentially resulting in androgen deficiency and sub-fertility. Now it is clear that fast food meals consumed by obese or overweight men have an immediate negative impact on testicular performance and testosterone production. While many facts are involved in the underlying cause of obesity-related male hypogonadism, Flinders University and UniSA researchers have found that a high fat intake from fast food meals has a decisive negative effect on a man’s serum testosterone levels. Their investigation into the impact of dietary fat on testicular endocrine function showed some alarming results. They found that the ingestion of a high-fat Fast Food mixed meal, which is a common practice for obese men, produced a 25% fall in serum testosterone within an hour of eating, with levels remaining suppressed below fasting baseline for up to 4 hours. These results—which only investigated the impact on overweight and obese men, and therefore may not apply to lean men—suggest that the passage of fat through the intestinal tract elicits a response that indirectly elicits a post-prandial fall in testosterone. “The observed falls in serum testosterone (25% decline from baseline, 2–3 nmol in absolute terms) are likely to be clinically significant for the obese or older man with low baseline levels of testosterone,” says Flinders University’s Professor Kelton Tremellen, Gynaecologist and Strategic Professor of Reproductive Medicine, who undertook the research with Dr. Karma Pearce from UniSA. “These men are likely to be placed into a continuous hypogonadal state during waking hours if they frequently consume meals and snacks high in fat. This will clearly have an adverse impact on both their mental and physical wellbeing, plus possibly their fertility potential. “Our results suggest that these men should minimize their fat intake and avoid inter‐meal snacking in order to […]

Read More

Which is Better – HGH or Testosterone

A new article from the Gazette Review!   If you are looking at hormone supplements, you may be asking yourself “Should I take HGH or testosterone?” It is important to compare these two hormones because they both have different effects on the body. These hormones are often used by athletes and by people who need hormones for medical conditions. Before discussing which hormone could be best suited to your needs, a quick review of both hormones is in order. HGH (or somatotropin) is a protein hormone that plays a critical role in human physical development. The pituitary gland, located near the base of the brain, is responsible for producing this hormone. Young teenagers typically have the highest levels of this hormone in their bodies, while adults have lower levels of the hormone. HGH influences height, bone development, and muscle growth. It can be used medically for children who have no/low levels of growth hormone in their bodies or for adults who need growth hormone supplements for improved health. Growth hormones are often used by athletes who want to improve their stamina and energy levels. These hormone injections are also sometimes used as a way to slow the aging process or lose weight. Nonmedical usage of this protein hormone is illegal in the U.S. Testosterone is also produced naturally in the body. It is a hormone that controls fertility, distribution of fat, and muscle mass. It is primarily a male sex hormone, but women have testosterone in their bodies at much lower levels. It can also be used medically in order to correct conditions related to low levels of the hormone. It will generally decrease with age, which typically results in mood swings, reduced mental capacity, low libido, and decreased bone mass. While these aspects of aging are normal, hormone injections […]

Read More
Asthma Testosterone

Asthma and Testosterone Levels

Women with asthma appear more likely to have lower levels of “free” (not attached to proteins) testosterone than women who do not have asthma, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In “Sex Steroid Hormones and Asthma in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults,” Yueh-Ying Han, PhD; Erick Forno, MD, MPH; and Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH; also report that among obese women, those with  asthma are more likely to have lower levels of estradiol, another sex hormone, than those who do not have asthma. In addition, the researchers found that among non-obese men, those with asthma are more likely to have lower levels of estradiol than those who do not have asthma. Previous studies have reported specific differences among pediatric and adult asthma patients based on sex. Although asthma is more common in boys than in girls, asthma is more common in women than in men. Given that sex hormones may explain these sex-specific differences, lead author Dr. Han, an epidemiologist at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and senior author Dr. Celedón, the Niels K. Jerne Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and chief  of pulmonary medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, said they conducted this study to examine whether sex hormones are associated with asthma in adult men and women. They also wanted to test whether any association varies between obese and non-obese individuals. Their study is believed to be the first population-based study of sex hormonal levels and asthma in both men and women. The authors analyzed information from 9,238 adults, ages 18-79, who participated in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2013-16. Overall, 9 percent of the participants had asthma. Among women, the asthma rate […]

Read More

7 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones are the most potent chemical messengers in our bodies, telling your body what to do and when. That’s why when your hormones are out of balance, you may be able to feel the effects, whether it be via insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, or mood swings. But usually these imbalances are reversible — learn how to balance hormones naturally and turn your hormonal imbalance around. Produced by our endocrine glands — adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, female or male reproductive system — hormones perform essential functions, relay important warnings and communicate messages throughout the body. That means, they make sure everything is running smoothly and that your rhythms stay in sync. Hormones can impact your appetite, metabolism, heart rate, sleep patterns, reproduction and mood. Many things can challenge your endocrine system, disrupting hormone balance and function. The longer a system is “out of order” the more difficult it can be to bring it back into harmony. Identifying and correcting the causes of hormonal imbalance early on will help maintain your health and prevent the onset of chronic disease. Potential causes of a hormonal imbalance: Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism); Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism); chronic stress; diabetes; birth control or hormonal replacement; poor diet; cushing syndrome; and exposure to endocrine disruptors. These seven major symptoms can help you determine if you have a hormonal imbalance. Fatigue. Everyone is tired sometimes. But you should recover with adequate rest, hydration, and a healthy diet. If you feel you are taking care of yourself but are still exhausted or just can’t seem to get back to your best, consider having a comprehensive evaluation of your hormone levels. Adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism are more prevalent in our high-paced society than you may think and a hormonal imbalance test can help diagnose this. Anxiety. Nope, it’s not all in your head. […]

Read More

Do Men need Testosterone Boosters

This is an excerpt from an article published on Longevity As of April 2019, there are still over 5000 pending lawsuits against testosterone manufacturers on the basis that the men who used their drugs suffered side effects such as heart attacks and strokes (1).    Upon reading that, one has to ask themselves why there is a growing market for testosterone boosters and supplements? Or rather, why are men suffering from low testosterone in the first place? It’s an essential hormone that’s required for a number of bodily processes. Therefore, low testosterone levels (T- levels) is clearly an indicator of poor health. Thus, it’s understandable if men begin to seek out supplements and gels in an effort to boost their T- levels.  However, as opposed to trusting the guy at the gym, there are reputable places where one can get boosters and supplements that will help to legally, and safely, boost testosterone levels. What’s more, there are also natural ways that will help to regulate T- levels. However, before we get into that, it’s first important to understand exactly what testosterone is and why the body needs it, and what can compromise its levels. It’s also best to find out how one can maintain healthy levels of testosterone in the body. What is testosterone? A sex hormone produced in both men and women (men make more), testosterone plays a vital role in the development of the male sex organs during puberty. It also supports male physical attributes such as facial hair growth, broader shoulders, and denser muscle development.  Aside from encouraging the development of inherent male characteristics, testosterone also helps ensure healthy bodily functioning in various other ways.  Functions Of Testosterone 1. Boosts Sex Drive In addition to sperm production, testosterone also helps to boost your libido which then helps to maintain a […]

Read More

Testosterone and Empathy

(MENAFN – The Conversation) Cognitive empathy is the ability to recognise what another person is thinking or feeling, and one way it can be assessed in the lab is by using the ‘ reading the mind in the eyes test ‘ – or ‘eyes test’, for short. This involves looking at photos of a person’s eyes and picking which word best describes what the person in the photo is thinking or feeling. Many studies, including our own, have shown a link between elevated testosterone and reduced cognitive empathy. But anew studyled by Amos Nadler, a visiting professor of economics at the University of Toronto, found that administering testosterone to men does not reduce their empathy, as measured by this test .   Nadler and colleagues also measured digit ratio. The ratio between the length of a person’s index and ring finger is thought to be an indicator of how much testosterone they were exposed to in the womb (prenatal testosterone levels), and has also been tied to a lack of empathy. Nadler and colleagues’ study found that digit ratios were not related to empathy scores. From these findings, they draw two conclusions: first, that this disproves a previous study by Jack van Honk and colleagues in which administering testosterone to women reduced their empathy. And second, that prenatal testosterone levels do not affect later empathy. Challenging the conclusions We would challenge both these conclusions, on two grounds. First, Nadler’s study only included men whereas van Honk’s study only included women. So while we agree that administering extra testosterone to men does not appear to reduce their empathy, Nadler’s study cannot be regarded as an attempt at replicating the van Honk study. A large-scale study of women would be needed for that. And perhaps giving women extra testosterone does reduce their […]

Read More

TRT Changing Mens Lives

Dr. Stefaan Vossen is the founder and clinical director of the Core clinic, an integrative health and wellness center in Warwickshire. Aged 41, with five children and running a business employing 27 people, he found himself struggling with fatigue, weight gain, bursts of unexplained emotion and decreased libido for more than a year before seeking help. “Despite my medical training, I bought into the cultural narrative that with a busy lifestyle, these symptoms are nothing more than normal aging,” he says. A GP wrongly concluded that Vossen’s symptoms were just part and parcel of normal life. It was only after spending seven months fruitlessly doing more exercise, improving his diet and getting more sleep that Vossen sought a second opinion. “I had severely low testosterone,” he says. “I was producing about half the level I should have been.” Within three to four months of taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), Vossen was back to his old self. “Clinical awareness of low testosterone is terrible,” he says. Once diagnosed, however, treatment is quick and simple: in the UK, TRT comes in the form of a cream or an injection, but it is not cheap, costing up to £28 a month. Testosterone – often called the male sex hormone (although women also produce it in lower levels) – plays an important role in men’s physical and emotional wellbeing. It helps men maintain muscle and bone strength, sperm production and the desire to have sex Robbie Williams is probably the best-known case of low testosterone, after his wife, Ayda Field, revealed last year that when the singer had depression in his 30s, doctors found he had the testosterone levels of an 80-year-old man. TRT, apparently, made an instant difference to his energy levels, giving him a “new lease of life”. But it is older […]

Read More
Testosterone Low

Testosterone deficiency: diagnosis, assessment and treatment

Endocrine system Testosterone deficiency: diagnosis, assessment, and treatment Article appears in  Clinical Pharmacist  By Maria Satchi & Asif Muneer For a diagnosis of testosterone deficiency (TD) — or male hypogonadism — to be made, a male patient should present with evidence of a reduction in serum testosterone levels, as well as sexual, psychological and physical symptoms affecting their physical and mental wellbeing. A large observational cohort study of more than 1,000 patients in the United States demonstrated a clinically significant increase in the prevalence of hypogonadism with increasing age[1]. The European Male Ageing Study (EMAS), a large multinational survey of men aged 40–79 years, demonstrated a decline of free testosterone (FT) levels of 1.3% per year in males aged 40–79 years, which increased to 5.1% per year in a subpopulation analysis of males aged 70–79 years[2]. The overall prevalence of symptomatic hypogonadism, assessed by biochemical changes and sexual symptoms, was 2.1%. Normal levels of testosterone were measured in 76.7% of the population studied in EMAS, suggesting that aging alone was not the sole contributing factor to TD[2]. In addition to aging, TD has been associated with an elevated body mass index (BMI ≥25), chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and COPD, as well as hypertension and hyperlipidemia [2],[3]. This article will discuss the signs and symptoms associated with TD, as well as the available management options. Pathophysiology and aetiology Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) stimulates the release of two gonadotropins — luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This process is initiated at puberty. Testosterone is mainly produced in the testes by Leydig cells; however, around 5% is also produced by the adrenal glands (located on the top of each kidney). Testosterone exerts its action through binding to and activation of androgen receptors in the target tissues. It has an important role in […]

Read More

Cinical Trials ongoing for plant-based Testosterone

ATLANTA, July 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — After extensive research and development, Pharm Origins has announced the successful extraction of natural testosterone originating from raw pine pollen. Testosterone supplementation, a key male hormone, is often used as a potent but controversial regimen against male aging. Biologically, plant-based testosterone provides the same human benefit, with limited side effects. Pharm Origins recently filed patents on a nutrient extraction system that can extract active ingredients from the world’s rarest, most fragile natural sources. This cutting-edge process was used in the extraction of this plant-based testosterone. “We were really excited to finally achieve this massive research and development goal. Men all over the world are resorting to synthetic testosterone therapy and this breakthrough can lead to a safer alternative in the near future,” said Clint Winters, Pharm Origins spokesperson and natural health researcher. It was recently discovered that pine pollen, which is essentially the male seed of the flower, contains human-adapted androgens including pure testosterone. This type of testosterone passes directly into the males’ “free testosterone” stores, without “binding,” making it very viable for supplementation. Pharm Origins will be the first to extract and suspend this plant-based hormone for potential human use. Lab trials are now underway. “We are really excited to give men around the world a safe alternative to synthetic testosterone shots. The benefits of testosterone are powerful, but they can come with many risks. This natural application will diminish those risks without diminishing performance,” said Travis Shoaf, Director of Product Development and Manufacturing. Pharm Origins determined from rigorous research that each gram of pine pollen contains 80 nanograms of pure “free testosterone”. 300 nanograms is considered a healthy level for an average male. Most aging men are well below this number. Based on this analysis, phyto testosterone use would normalize male testosterone levels in less than a […]

Read More

Scientists: Supplements to increase testosterone levels are dangerous

Long-term use of such additives can lead to an excess of certain substances in the body. Article published by Armenian News-NEWS.am Supplements to increase testosterone levels, also called “T-boosters”, are not only ineffective, but also dangerous, The World Journal of Men’s Health reported. Testosterone is the main “male” sex hormone, which plays an important role in the development of sperm, moreover, it is thanks to him that “male” traits develop – muscles, deep voice, broad shoulders, etc. After 30 years, most men start to gradually decrease testosterone levels, which negatively affects both their well-being and their appearance. However, some men turn to so-called “testosterone boosters.” However, there is no sense in these additives. According to Mary K. Samplaski from Keck Medical School of the University of Southern California, many dietary supplements actually only vitamins and minerals, and therefore can not increase testosterone levels. As it turned out, many dietary supplements contained high doses of vitamins and minerals, sometimes exceeding the permissible limits. Long-term use of such additives can lead to an excess of certain substances in the body.   Read full article

Read More

Testosterone Supplements – Are they effective?

Article by University of Southern California Men who want to improve their libido or build body mass may want to think twice before using testosterone-boosting supplements—also known as “T boosters—as research shows these alternatives to traditional testosterone replacement therapy may not have ingredients to support their claims, according to Mary K. Samplaski, MD, assistant professor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Many supplements on the market merely contain vitamins and minerals, but don’t do anything to improve testosterone,” says Samplaski. “Often, people can be vulnerable to the marketing component of these products, making it difficult to tease out what is myth and what is reality.” Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and the reason why men produce sperm and have Adam’s apples. It’s also why men develop more “masculine” features like bulging muscles, a deep voice, broad shoulders and a hairy chest. After age 30, most men experience a gradual decline in testosterone, sometimes causing these features to diminish or new symptoms to occur, like erectile dysfunction. In an attempt to turn back the hands of time, some men will turn to T boosters. Using a structured review approach, Samplaski and a team of researchers explored the active ingredients and advertised claims of 50 T boosting supplements. Their findings were published as an original article in The World Journal of Men’s Health. Researchers performed a Google search with the search term “Testosterone Booster,” thus mimicking a typical internet research for someone looking to increase testosterone levels, and then selected the first 50 products that came up in their search. Then, the team reviewed published scientific literature on testosterone and the 109 components found in the supplements. Zinc, fenugreek extract and vitamin B6 were three of the most common components in the supplements. The team […]

Read More
Featured Video Play Icon

Best hormone replacement during menopause

Hot flashes, irritability and weight gain are symptoms of menopause caused by declining estrogen and progesterone levels. For some women, hormone replacement therapy can help. There are various types of hormone replacement medications, including pills, patches, gels, sprays and shots. Some women may experience side effects like nausea, dizziness or headaches. Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Tangela Anderson Tull says many women find relief through hormone replacement therapy, but it is important for patients know the risks. “I always talk to people about the risks because no one ever died of hot flashes, but some of the risk with hormone replacement therapy can be life-threatening for some people. Most people, (the risk) is low enough — it’s not a problem, but you can have heart attack, stroke, blood clotting, breast cancer with giving someone back progesterone and estrogen,” Tull said. Tull said she gets a lot of questions about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. “They can do a cheek swab and compound a hormone that’s supposed to match your body perfectly, so it’s supposed to give you back exactly your level of estrogen. So, how much you need is different from the next woman and what she needs. You have to be followed very closely for it,” Tull said. Tull says bio-identical hormone replacement therapy isn’t something she offers. It’s not FDA-approved, though some providers do offer it. Read full article here

Read More
Featured Video Play Icon

Nasal Testosterone

MIAMI – Low testosterone affects more than 10% of men worldwide. The condition can cause fatigue, low libido and depression. “At least 1 in 3 men between the ages of 32 to 50 appear to have low testosterone,” said Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of reproductive urology at the University of Miami Health System. Ramasamy said factors such as stress, obesity and poor sleep habits may be to blame. He said testosterone therapies such as injections and gels have one major side effect. “All of these treatments will actually block hormones from the pituitary gland,” Ramasamy said. Now, a treatment called Natesto, applied through the nose, is offering younger patients another option. “Because this is used two to three times a day and it’s short-acting, it still preserves your hormones from the pituitary gland and, therefore, maintains your sperm production,” Ramasamy said. He said patients enrolled in the University of Miami study have preserved their fertility and feel great. “They are able to lose weight, get back to the gym. Obviously, their sex life has improved,” Ramasamy said. One of the patients enrolled in the study said taking Natesto has made a big difference for him. “I have the energy, I have the desire to be active and to do things,” Robert said. Natesto was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012, but is being studied as a treatment option for men who want to preserve their fertility. Side effects of testosterone therapy include the risk of blood clots and breast enlargement, so always talk to your doctor before starting any treatment. Natesto is covered by most insurance companies. Otherwise, it costs about $200 a month. For more information on the treatment or the clinical trial, visit clinicaltrial.gov and type in Natesto. Read full article here

Read More
Astronaut testosterone

Scientists want ASTRONAUTS on Testosterone

A team of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have suggested a new way to minimize muscle loss for space travelers: a treatment plan of hormones, including testosterone, plus plenty of exercise. Keeping physically fit is extremely important when living in a microgravity environment. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have specialized exercise equipment to maintain the strength of ligaments and muscles. But the team from UTMB found that adding steroids to a regular exercise regimen could ward off muscle loss even better. In their experiment, they put 24 male participants on bed rest for 70 days. Some of them were given testosterone supplements, others a placebo, while a control group just stayed in bed the entire time. The researchers found — unsurprisingly — that muscle formation was far more pronounced in the group that exercised. And the testosterone supplements, in a result that’s unlikely to surprise the bodybuilder community, further enhanced the muscle growth. All the more reason, according to the Galveston researchers, to get ripped in space. “This new ability may allow scientists to personalize space medicine by designing specific exercise and/or hormone intervention programs for each astronaut on Earth before they embark on a long-term mission to space,” Melinda Sheffield-Moore, senior author of the paper that was published in the journal PLOS One today, said in a statement. Read Full Article

Read More
Boost testosterone with pommegranettes

Food to boost Testosterone

Men with low levels of testosterone can naturally boost it by consuming these food items regularly. For men dealing with low testosterone levels, there are certain dietary changes that can be made to naturally boost your body’s hormone production. The male sex hormone testosterone plays a key role in a man’s fertility, sexual function, and muscle mass. Testosterone levels naturally fall with age, at an average rate of one to two percent per year. The testosterone level is also influenced by external factors like lifestyle choices as well as certain health conditions and medical treatment. For men dealing with low testosterone levels, there are certain dietary changes that can be made to naturally boost your body’s hormone production. Consume these foods on a regular basis to up your body’s natural production of testosterone, reported Medical News Today. Ginger Ginger root is famous for having a host of health benefits. It is widely used for culinary and medicinal purposes by most households. New research has now revealed that is could be beneficial to improve fertility in men. Taking ginger supplements for 3 months is shown to increase testosterone levels by 17.5 percent. This was proved by a study conducted among 75 adult males with fertility issues. The same study also proved that ginger can also promote healthy sperms. Oysters Oysters are the richest source of zinc, a compound essential for healthy sperm and reproductive system. Men with zinc deficiency have hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. Zinc deficiency can also cause delayed sexual maturation. While including zinc in your diet, also keep in mind that zinc and copper compete with the body for absorption. Balance both the supplements well depending upon what your body needs. Pomegranates From centuries, pomegranates have been a symbol of fertility […]

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Does Heavy Lifting Increase Testosterone?

Does-Lifting-Heavy-Increase-Testosterone_ So you’re looking to build some muscle. You’ve heard that having high levels of testosterone is the key to getting big. Unless you’re on “stuff”, and have testosterone levels of a silverback gorilla, you may be wondering how you can increase your levels of testosterone. Well, read on and get learned! We all know that the goal when going to the gym is to work out your muscles. However, did you know that when you go to the gym you are working out something else too? This “thing” is the key to better muscle development! This thing is called your central nervous system. Going to the gym to work out nerves? GET NERVOUS! That’s right, and more specifically your central nervous system connection. When you improve the connection between the muscular system and the central nervous system you are actually allowing for more muscle fibers to be recruited. Now here’s the simple answer to the million-dollar question: Performing heavy weight training trains this connection, and as a result, increases testosterone. Here’s How It Breaks Down: More muscle fiber recruitment means more micro tears occurring in the muscle fibers, more micro tears means more repairs required, these repairs are done by protein synthesis – and protein synthesis is the key. Testosterone binds to receptors on the surface of muscle cells and amplify the biochemical signals in muscle tissue that result in protein synthesis. With more repairs needed (caused by lifting heavy weights), more testosterone is recruited to allow for more protein synthesis. This is why training legs is so important for increasing testosterone levels, being such a large muscle group – you’ll have more tears that need to be repaired. So What’s The Best Way To Do This? Here at FITvocate we preach to keep your workouts challenging – Challenging […]

Read More

Physicians and Health Clubs Partner for Wellness

As one of the owners of Fitness Connection, Jeff Skeen saw the growing competitive pressures of the fitness industry and those of the medical community where healthcare costs were continuing to increase. Professionals in the fitness industry too often focused on physical beauty while professionals in the medical community too often focused on managing chronic conditions, he said. To him, the disconnect between the two groups was an opportunity. To grab that opportunity, he left his CEO role at Fitness Connection in 2017 to start a new career and new company, Results Redefined, McLean, Virginia. The fitness and healthcare consulting company works directly with primary care physicians, insurance companies and fitness professionals to create healthy solutions personalized to an individual’s needs. The goal of the company is to be the bridge between health clubs and primary care physician offices in part through one of its healthcare investments, ReShapeMD clinics, which are medical clinics that provide services that the company’s primary care physician partners do not provide. In July 2018 ReShapeMD opened a pilot medical clinic inside one of Body Renew’s two locations in Winchester, Virginia. (Skeen is in negotiations with other chains to open more ReShapeMD locations.) The care offered at the clinic, which has a separate entrance from the gym, is the same as that offered in a doctor’s office, according to Dr. Vaishali Geib, partner and chief medical officer at ReShapeMD. Anyone can use the clinic, even if they are not a member of the health club. “This is a comprehensive clinic where we are focusing on prevention, identifying patients that potentially could have problems,” she said. The medical staff at the clinic includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, numbering at least 12 people depending on the patient flow, according to Skeen. Services offered at the clinic include wellness exams, physicals, sports […]

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

What men should know about testosterone replacement

As men age, many experience a natural decline in levels of testosterone. Lower levels of testosterone are associated with an increased risk of various medical conditions, as well as a number of constitutional symptoms. Dr. John Fry, Founding Physician, EssenceMD, describes the options for men and whether you might be a good candidate for treatment. Information: Common symptoms of low testosterone include, sleep disturbance, fatigue, night sweats, weight gain, memory difficulties, mood swings, depression, anxiety, decreased libido, decreased muscle mass, and lack of recovery from exercise. Identification of low levels can be determined by simple blood tests and a thorough medical exam. Replacement of testosterone has been associated with improvement symptoms and a general feeling of improved well being. At EssenceMD, we believe the best way to replenish these levels is by using bioidentical testosterone, which is the hormone manufactured exactly like what your body uses. Testosterone cannot be taken orally. Common routes of administration include weekly shots or daily application of testosterone cream. For many patients, testosterone can be conveniently replaced by using hormone pellets placed below the skin using the latest insertion technology which eliminates the need for daily administration. The procedure takes only about 15 minutes and is associated with little downtime and will last 4 months. What you need to know: 1. Reduced levels of testosterone are a normal process of aging. 2. Reduced levels of testosterone are associated with a number of symptoms as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 3. Identification of low testosterone can be determined by simple blood tests and a thorough medical exam. 4. Replacement of testosterone is not available in oral form. Many patients receive shots or use a daily cream. 5. A very popular and efficient way to replace testosterone is to place hormone pellets under the […]

Read More

Testosterone – Starting levels

What kind of level were you at when you started taking steroids, how quickly did grow afterward? Written by Sean Williams What kind of level were you at when you started taking steroids, how quickly did grow afterwards? I was 19 and though I had been lifting weights diligently for at least 3 years, I wasn’t anyone that you’d look at and say “there’s a bodybuilder.” I was 6 feet tall and around 160 pounds. I figure I had put on around ten pounds of muscle that I wouldn’t have had without the three years of weightlifting. After, I joined the Air Force and got stationed at Edwards AFB in Southern California in August 1984. I turned 19 five months before that. I didn’t wait long to go see the famous steroid doctor to the stars and professional bodybuilders, Dr. Kerr, in San Gabriel. Other than a guy known as the Steroid Guru who wrote The Underground Steroid Handbook, Dan Duchaine, this Dr. Kerr was the most famous expert on the subject.This was back when steroids weren’t a scheduled controlled substance. You could go to a doctor and tell him you wanted to take them solely for the purpose of gaining muscle, strength or for bodybuilding and the doctor could legally prescribe them to you. That’s what I did. Dr. Kerr took some blood for blood tests and prescribed Anadrol-50 oral tablet steroids for me. One tablet per day. It seemed amazing to me then that I could just add this tiny little pill to my breakfast and I would get big. But I had read quite a bit and firmly believed it to be true. In three months I weighed over 180. Another 3 months and I was around 200. I was bursting out of my uniform. And I […]

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

10 Times A Low Sex Drive Might Be Something More Serious

A person may experience a decreased libido from time to time during their lifetime, and for a variety of reasons. This could stem from being hit with a bout of stress, having a few late nights in a row or coming down with the flu. But while this ebbs and flows depending on the circumstances, there are times when a sudden decreased sex drive can be a cause for concern. Sleep disorders, vitamin deficiencies and other health conditions can all affect your sex life. Below are some of the reasons you might have a low sex drive, plus steps on what to do about each: 1. Your hormones are out of wack. If your sex drive has declined as a male, it may mean that you have low testosterone, said Stanton Honig, a urologist and director of the Male Urology Program at Yale Medicine. Other symptoms that indicate this may be a problem include reduced energy levels and unexplained weight gain. “Treat this by exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep,” Honig said. “Talk to your doctor who may test your testosterone levels and prescribe testosterone shots, pills, pellets or patches if needed.” And know that a dip in testosterone is something that happens to a lot of men. In fact, an estimated “30 to 40% of men over the age of 50 have low testosterone,” according to Damon Davis, a urologist with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. The condition can be confirmed with a simple blood test. 2. Your medication may be to blame. Been using a new prescription? Kimberly Langdon, medical advisor at Dr Felix, a digital health company based in the United States and the United Kingdom, said that certain prescription drugs or a “medicine reaction” can sometimes cause low libido. Chronic steroids for autoimmune diseases or […]

Read More

Low Testosterone in Men or Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is a treatable medical condition which means simply that a man’s Testosterone Level is below ideal for his body.  A normal Testosterone level is around 450 but will vary from person to person. The normal level  is adjusted based on symptoms and each person’s optimal level is dependent upon their own body chemistry and age.   We do know that levels under 450 are a very strong indication of the condition and will require treatment. How men produce Testosterone The chart shows the HTPA System (Hypothalamus, Anterior Pituitary, and Testes).  Each gland produces a compound which all combine to become Testosterone. Before an individual is treated for low Testosterone or Hypogonadism, it is important to know the type of Hypogonadism that is causing the low T levels. There are three types of Hypogonadism Primary Hypogonadism  The Testicles have an issue and are not producing enough Testosterone to keep your bodies Testosterone levels normal.This could be caused by Klinefelter’s syndrome Leydig cell tumors Chronic disease Testicular atrophy Testicular radiation Chemotherapy Testicular Trauma In general, the best treatment for Primary Hypogonadism is Testosterone injections and other compounds may be required based on the test results. Secondary Hypogonadism This is the result of the pituitary gland not making sufficient amounts of LH or LH and FSH to allow the testicles to produce Testosterone.   Can be caused by: Pituitary adenoma or tumors Cerebral trauma (concussions) PTSD some medications The treatment, in this case, is usually to supplement with a hormone called HCG which mimics LH and stimulates the Leydig cells in the testicles to produce Testosterone.  It is important to note that HCG doesn’t raise testosterone levels, it stimulates the cells that produce it.  If stimulation of the Leydig cells does not raise the Testosterone level to an appropriate level, the patient […]

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

The 8 Best Supplements to Boost Testosterone Levels

1. D-Aspartic Acid D-Aspartic acid is a natural amino acid that can boost low testosterone levels. Research suggests that the primary way it works is by increasing follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone (4). This is important, because luteinizing hormone makes the Leydig cells in the testes produce more testosterone. Initial research in animals and humans has found that as little as 12 days of D-aspartic acid seems to increase luteinizing hormone as well as testosterone production and transportation around the body (4). It may also aid in sperm quality and production. One 90-day study gave D-aspartic acid to men with impaired sperm production. Sperm count doubled, rising from 8.2 million sperm per ml to 16.5 million sperm per ml (5). In another study, athletic men with healthy testosterone levels followed a 28-day weight-lifting routine. Half of them were given 3 grams of D-aspartic acid per day. Both groups showed significantly increased strength and muscle mass. However, there was no increase in testosterone in the D-aspartic acid group (6). Taken together, these findings suggest that taking D-aspartic acid may be most beneficial in people with low testosterone or in those with impaired sexual function, but not necessarily in individuals with normal testosterone levels.D-Aspartic acid may work by stimulating some key testosterone-producing hormones. Doses of 2–3 grams seem to be effective for those who are testosterone deficient. 2. Vitamin D Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight. Its active form functions as a steroid hormone in the body. Nowadays, a large portion of the population has very little exposure to sunlight, resulting in low or deficient levels of vitamin D (7). Increasing your vitamin D stores may boost testosterone and improve other related health measures, such as sperm quality (8). One study found a close correlation between vitamin […]

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

cardiovascular disease

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

osteoporosis

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

erectile dysfunction

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

testosterone replacement therapy

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

hypogonadism

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

ADAM questionnaire

Do you have a decrease in libido or sex drive? Do you have a lack of energy? Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance? Have you lost weight? Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life”? Are you sad and/or grumpy? Are your erections less strong? Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports? Are you falling asleep after dinner? Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance? A positive ADAM questionnaire was defined as “yes” for question 1 and 7, and 2–4 for all other items.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Who Should Not Take Testosterone?

Men with these conditions shouldn’t take testosterone: Prostate or breast cancer Poorly controlled heart disease Untreated sleep apnea Too many red blood cells Clotting disorders

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Use and Cancer

There’s some concern that long-term use of testosterone may cause prostate cancer in older men. Men taking testosterone will need regular checkups to look for early signs of prostate cancer. This covers: All men over 50, men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, and all African American men.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Risks of Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone therapy has some drawbacks. Some men may develop: Too many red blood cells Sleep apnea An enlarged prostate Acne The risks and benefits of taking testosterone for many years are not known, because large studies haven’t been completed, yet. Some researchers suggest there might be a higher risk of heart disease. But the evidence is still not conclusive.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Tablets

Tablets are placed on the gums above your incisors every 12 hours. As the gel-like tablet dissolves it slowly releases testosterone. Gum tablets can cause a bitter taste, irritated mouth, tender gums, or headaches. These side effects may get better with time. You can eat, drink, and kiss women and children while using testosterone tablets.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Gels or Patches

These are placed directly on your skin. The hormone seeps through the skin, and is slowly released into the blood. Because gels and patches are applied every day, they keep a steady level of testosterone. However, they can cause itching, irritation, and blisters at the spot where they’re applied. Women and children should not touch skin treated with a gel or patch.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Injections

Testosterone comes in several forms, including shots, gels, patches, and tablets you place on your gums. Injections are the least expensive option, but they can be painful. You take the shots every 2 to 4 weeks, as prescribed by your doctor. You may also be able to get the medicine without injections by using a nasal pump. Your  testosterone levels can swing up and down between doses.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

If you need treatment, your doctor may prescribe testosterone to boost your testosterone levels. Some studies suggest this can strengthen a man’s muscles, protect his bones, and improve his sex drive, improve erectile dysfunction, and contribute to improved mood. But the effects can be quite different from one man to the next.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Treating Low Testosterone

If you have low blood levels of testosterone AND symptoms that affect your daily life, your doctor may suggest taking supplemental testosterone.  Not everyone with low testosterone will need treatment. You may want to see a specialist to discuss the risks and possible benefits of treatment. Look for a urologist or an endocrinologist, a doctor who treats hormone problems.

Read More

Testing for Low Testosterone

Testosterone is usually measured with a blood test done early in the morning, when levels are highest. Normal levels range from 300 to 1,000 ng/DL. Your doctor may want to run this test a second time before diagnosing low testosterone.

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Should You Be Tested?

Your doctor may suggest a testosterone test if you have: Erectile dysfunction Lower sex drive Low sperm count A loss of height, body hair, or muscle size If you have an illness known to lower testosterone, your doctor may want to test your levels of the hormone.

Read More