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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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When you see the term “testosterone,” we typically associate it with masculinity and men. However, women generate testosterone too. So, what exactly is testosterone? Testosterone is a steroid hormone that plays a significant role in the male sperm production and produced in women’s ovaries in much smaller amounts. Rising levels of testosterone stimulates physical and chemical changes for boys and men such as increased muscle, pubic hair growth, deeper lengthened vocal chords, and increased sexual desire.

Testosterone production significantly spikes during puberty and starts to drop after age 30. Having optimal levels of the steroid hormone is essential from puberty throughout adulthood for general health, aids in preventing certain chronic diseases, and increases energy levels. As our levels of testosterone naturally decrease over time, rest assured there are ways to naturally boost it back up. Read more


 

Low T in Men and Women

Since women already produce very little testosterone, their levels drop even lower after reaching menopause, typically around the age of 45-50 when women’s menstrual cycles cease. Low levels of testosterone in women are commonly linked to the cause of headaches, anxiety, and decreased sexual drive. Men’s testosterone gradually decreases over time, usually after reaching their mid-thirties. Signs of low testosterone in men include depression, bone loss, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction. In addition to blood testing, you can take a Low T questionnaire to determine if your testosterone levels may be insufficient.   


 

Ways to Boost Testosterone

Increasing T levels in your body can help increase muscle mass, improve health and sexual well-being for both men and women. Here are some ways to naturally boost your hormone levels to ensure optimal health.

 


1. Exercise

One of the most effective ways of boosting testosterone is physical activity. Studies have shown that people who exercise frequently have higher testosterone levels than people that exercise little to none at all. Resistance training, such as weight-lifting and high-intensity exercise are known to be the most testosterone-inducing forms of physical activity for short-term and long term benefits.

 

2. Consume Protein, Fats & Carbs

Your diet also has a major impact on your testosterone level. You can monitor your hormone levels by focusing on your long-term caloric intake and diet. Poor dieting or overeating may cause your testosterone levels to fluctuate. Maintaining a balanced diet including enough protein, carbs, and fats can assist in healthy hormone levels as well as help with fat loss. Plenty of protein helps build muscle mass, carbohydrates help supply energy for resistance training, and healthy fats help maximize testosterone production

 

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3. Get more sunlight

You won’t find a better natural testosterone booster than the vitamin d from sunlight. The European Journal of Endocrinology conducted a study and found direct correlation that men deficient in vitamin d also had insufficient testosterone levels. Worried about getting too much sun? Once your body produces enough vitamin d from the sun, the ultraviolet rays will stop your body from overproducing. It is important to always wear sufficient sunscreen to help protect from sunburn and other harmful effects from overexposure of the sun’s rays. About 10-20 minutes of sun a day during spring and summer seasons and 2 hours a day in winter is recommended to give you the adequate vitamin to increase testosterone and reap other benefits.

 

4. Take supplements

The benefits of taking multivitamins are still up for debate, but taking specific vitamins and minerals may prove to be very helpful. Zinc, a mineral found in cells throughout the body supports the functionality of the body’s immune system, stimulates cell growth, injury healing, and helps break down carbohydrates. Taking zinc supplements have been known to raise testosterone. Other studies also suggest taking vitamin a, c, d, and e supplements to increase hormone production and sex drive, with zinc and vitamin d being the most beneficial.

 

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5. Get enough rest

Getting high quality sleep also affects your testosterone. A long-term study found people who are sleep-deprived (typically sleeping for only 5 hours or less a night)  also linked to a 15% decrease in testosterone levels. Normal testosterone production requires undisturbed, restful sleep also known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Sleep disturbance can increase more stress over time, which can also cause low T. Although some people argue they are able to function on less sleep, research suggests about 7-10 hours of sleep a night is ideal for testosterone and long-term health.
 

 

 

Healthy testosterone levels are fundamental for both men and women to manage a healthier lifestyle. Not only does optimal testosterone levels help with sexual function, it promotes muscle growth, cognitive function and decreases chances of health risks and obesity. As we grow older and our hormone levels begin to decrease, it is wise to take charge in finding the best natural ways to boost it back up to continue to enjoy a healthy life. At Ageless Forever, we specialize in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in order to examine and monitor T levels as well as other important hormones for both men and women to help slow and reverse the effects of aging. We believe in providing you the most accurate and up-to-date information and tools required to live a life full of vigor, health, and happiness.
 

 

Make sure you check out our anti-aging news blog for more researched information on related topics.

5 Signs Your Testosterone is Too Low

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Like all hormones, testosterone plays an important role in regulating a host of different processes in the body. There is no question maintaining optimal levels of testosterone is ideal to a healthy lifestyle. Testosterone is an essential hormone responsible for male development, masculine characteristics, building muscle, fueling sex drive, and receptors exists throughout the body. This hormone is primarily produced in the male testicles and womens’ adrenal glands. As we age, testosterone production begins to slow down. If you have low levels of testosterone, the consequences can greatly affect your health.

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Testosterone

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When you see the term “testosterone,” we typically associate it with masculinity and men. However, women generate testosterone too. So, what exactly is testosterone? Testosterone is a steroid hormone that plays a significant role in the male sperm production and produced in women’s ovaries in much smaller amounts. Rising levels of testosterone stimulates physical and chemical changes for boys and men such as increased muscle, pubic hair growth, deeper lengthened vocal chords, and increased sexual desire.


Testosterone production significantly spikes during puberty and starts to drop after age 30. Having optimal levels of the steroid hormone is essential from puberty throughout adulthood for general health, aids in preventing certain chronic diseases, and increases energy levels. As our levels of testosterone naturally decrease over time, rest assured there are ways to naturally boost it back up.

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Hematocrit (blood thickness) elevation following testosterone therapy – does it increase risk of blood clots?

 

In discussions about side effects of testosterone treatment, prostate cancer and heart disease get most attention. However, as we have described in several study reports published here in the “Research News” section, the widespread fear of prostate cancer and heart disease is unfounded and not supported by medical research.

The expected potential side effect of testosterone treatment - which in fact is a therapeutic effect in men with anemia [1-3] - is an increased level of red blood cells, known as erythrocytosis or polycythemia.[4-7]  In the context of testosterone treatment, erythrocytosis and polycythemia are used interchangeably to refer to an abnormal increase of red blood cells or hematocrit, which may increase blood viscosity (“blood thickness”).[8, 9]


However, it should be pointed out that technically, erythrocytosis is just red blood cell elevation, while polycythemia involves elevation of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Using these terms as synonyms can cause confusion. In polycythemia, it is likely the increase in platelets that is the major culprit of blood clots.


Elevated hematocrit is the most common side-effect of testosterone treatment.[4-7] The clinical significance of a high hematocrit level is unclear, but it may theoretically be associated with an increased risk of thrombosis (blood clots).[4]

Here I summarize the results of an analysis of the effect of different testosterone preparations on hematocrit elevations, published in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.[10]

 
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Is there a protective role of testosterone against high-grade prostate cancer?

 


Historically, testosterone has almost been a synonym for prostate cancer, and therefore many men have been - and still are - denied testosterone therapy, despite having testosterone deficiency.[1]

A rapidly growing number of studies have challenged the long-standing belief about a putative detrimental association between testosterone and prostate cancer development and/or progression.[2-5] Here I summarize the results of a study published in The Aging Male, which investigated the incidence and severity of prostate cancer in testosterone treated versus non-testosterone treated patients who underwent prostate biopsy.[1]

 
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Effects of testosterone treatment on body fat, lean mass, symptoms and leptin resistance in obese men on a calorie-restricted diet

Effect of testosterone therapy on body composition and leptin resistance

 

It is well-documented that the relation between testosterone deficiency and body fat is bi-directional; low testosterone levels contribute to the development of excessive body fat accumulation, and an excessive amount of body fat contributes to a reduction in testosterone levels.[1-3]

Here I present a series of three reports from a study that specifically investigated if testosterone therapy has beneficial effects on body composition, symptomatic response, adipokines (hormones secreted by fat cells, such as leptin and adiponectin) and gut hormones, over and above caloric restriction alone.[4-6]

 

Key Points

-    Compared to diet alone, combining diet + testosterone therapy results in a greater reduction in fat mass (-2.9 kg) and visceral fat, and a reduced loss of lean mass after 1 year.

-    Dieting men who receive testosterone therapy display higher physical activity levels than dieting men not receiving testosterone therapy.

-    The elevation in testosterone levels by diet alone is not enough to optimize body composition results. Diet alone results in less body fat reduction and more lean mass loss than diet + testosterone therapy. 

-    Diet + testosterone therapy ameliorates symptoms long-term after a diet. Diet alone does not confer long-term symptomatic improvements.

-    Diet + testosterone therapy, but not diet alone, reduces leptin resistance.

 
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Long-Term Testosterone Therapy Improves Cardiometabolic Function and Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Real-Life Results

 
Most men with testosterone deficiency need testosterone therapy for the rest of their life in order to achieve and maintain best possible health outcomes. Therefore, studies that investigate the effects of testosterone therapy in real-life are needed, to shed light on adherence and health outcomes in routine clinical practice.[1] While randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are gold standard in medical research [2, 3], RCTs are conducted in highly controlled environments and therefore their results may not carry over to the uncontrolled setting of real-life.[1] It is increasingly recognized that conclusions drawn from RCTs are not always a useful aid for decision-making because evaluating the value of a drug or technology requires an understanding of its impact on current clinical practice and management of patients in a real-life setting.[4]
 
A series of “real-life studies” have been conducted, all showing numerous health benefits of testosterone therapy in testosterone deficient (hypogonadal) men and confirming its safety, with an observation period of up to 17 years.[5-23] Here I summarize the results from the most recent real-life study, published February 9th 2017 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics which investigated the long-term effects and safety of testosterone therapy for up to 8 years in testosterone deficient men attending a urological office.[5] Differences in cardiovascular risk factors and deaths with testosterone therapy were compared to those seen in testosterone deficient men not receiving testosterone therapy but attending the same urological office.[5] 
 
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Testosterone treatment is NOT associated with risk of adverse cardiovascular events – the RHYME study

It is well-documented that testosterone therapy effectively restores testosterone levels in hypogonadal men and improves many health outcomes, such as quality of life [1-4], libido [4, 5], metabolic parameters [5-9] and body composition.[4, 5, 9, 10]
 
However, a few conflicting studies raised concerns about the cardiovascular safety of testosterone therapy [11, 12], which in 2015 prompted the FDA to issue warnings to physicians and patients about potential cardiovascular risks of testosterone therapy.
 
In contrast, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) acknowledged the flaws of the conflicting studies and concluded that there is no consistent evidence of harm associated with testosterone therapy, regardless of mode of delivery.[13]
 
Here I summarize the cardiovascular results of the notable RHYME (The Registry of Hypogonadism in Men) study, which contrary to prior clinical trials, enrolled men with a wide range of comorbid illnesses and cardiovascular risk factors.[14] The aim was to evaluate the safety of testosterone therapy in a sufficiently diverse population to reflect real-world, clinical experience.[14]
 
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Testosterone Therapy in Men with Prostate Cancer – Yes or No?

Historically, prostate cancer – both active and treated - has been an absolute contraindication to testosterone therapy and – from a regulatory perspective – still is. The incidence of prostate cancer is higher in older men, in whom prostate cancer accounts for one in five new cancer diagnoses.[1]
 
Thanks to improvement in early detection and treatment of prostate cancer, prostate cancer mortality has decreased 50% during the past two decades, and more men are living with a history of prostate cancer. 
 
The aging of the male population and the increasing number of prostate cancer survivors have resulted in a significant increase in the number of men presenting with hypogonadism and treated prostate cancer. Therefore, it is important to consider the growing number of recent studies which have challenged the long-standing belief that prostate cancer is an absolute contraindication to testosterone therapy.[2-4]
 
Here I summarize the results of a notable study which investigated the effects of testosterone therapy in men with treated and untreated prostate cancer [5], and conclude with the latest recommendations on managing testosterone deficiency in men with history of prostate cancer.
 
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How is anabolic steroid use different from testosterone replacement therapy?

One main reason testosterone replacement therapy (aka testosterone treatment) is surrounded by controversy is that testosterone can be abused, both in athletic populations and the general public.[1] Scientific evidence is undisputed that testosterone y potently enhances physical performance and increases muscle growth.[1-3]
 
The ethical issue of fair play in sports, coupled with the well-known adverse health effects of supra-physiological doses of anabolic steroids [4-14], has given medically legit testosterone replacement therapy (aka TRT, testosterone therapy or testosterone treatment) a bad reputation and is depriving many suffering men with testosterone deficiency from receiving medically needed testosterone treatment.[15] 
 
In this article I will point out the salient differences between use testosterone replacement therapy – a.k.a. testosterone therapy or testosterone treatment - and abuse of anabolic steroids, and explain why testosterone treatment - which per definition is medically provided and supervised - has no parallel with abuse of anabolic steroids.
 
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Dispelling the myth of testosterone treatment and prostate cancer

 
Fear of prostate cancer remains one of the major concerns with testosterone therapy among doctors, and reason to deny suffering hypogonadal men testosterone treatment.[1, 2]
 
This fear persists despite mounting research over the past decade that has clearly refuted the belief that testosterone therapy increased risk of prostate cancer among men in the general population.[3-5]
 
Aside prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with its associated lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are also common concerns with testosterone therapy.[6]
 
In this article I summarize and comment on the results of the Registry of Hypogonadism in Men (RHYME) study; a large, multi-national prospective registry of men with testosterone deficiency, which was designed and powered specifically to assess prostate cancer outcomes in hypogonadal men receiving testosterone therapy compared with untreated hypogonadal men or general population estimates.[7]- 
 
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