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HEALTH ADVICE

Stop Taking Testosterone And Just Make It

John Gray

Testosterone plays an important role in a man’s health and wellbeing. Although testosterone is considered a male sex hormone, women also produce testosterone and they are more sensitive to its effects.

Testosterone gives you a sense of youthfulness because it helps your body maintain muscle mass, bone density, optimal lipid profiles and levels of red blood cells.

After age 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline and continue to do so as he ages. This can lead to decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, and difficulties with concentration and memory.


To battle these effects, many men are beginning to try synthetic testosterone hormone replacement therapy, using either a testosterone cream, gel or patch. Data from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows annual prescription rates for testosterone have increased more than five-fold between 2000 and 2011. An estimated 5.3 million testosterone prescriptions were written in 2011.

However, the FDA has issued warnings prescription testosterone replacement therapy (T therapy) because it increases heart attack and stroke risk. The FDA also stated that Testosterone replacement therapy should only be recommended for men whose T levels are low because of medical conditions and not by aging.

The cardiovascular and cancer risks involved with testosterone replacement therapy are mainly due to the increase in estradiol that is associated with it. Testosterone is converted to estradiol through the aromatase enzyme, so T therapy can lead to estrogen dominance. High estradiol has already been established in many studies to cause blood clots and increase the risk for cardiac arrest and heart disease.


Testosterone: Use It Or Lose It

The body is not designed to take hormones. When you take a hormone, it will give you relief for awhile but there are side effects. If you take hormones, your body gradually loses it's ability to make those hormones over time.

Besides altering your natural hormone production and a long list of other side effects, new research is showing that this type of testosterone therapy may increase your risk of dying from a sudden stroke or heart attack by 29% - regardless of whether they had underlying coronary heart disease or not.

This study also revealed “a recent randomized clinical trial of testosterone therapy in men with a high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases was stopped prematurely due to adverse cardiovascular events.”

Another thing to consider is there are big differences in the amount of testosterone required for any particular man to maintain lean body mass, strength, and sexual function. When you take synthetic testosterone, you are supplying your body with an arbitrary dose of testosterone hormone that is thought to be ideal for men. It makes more sense to allow your body to normalize its own testosterone levels, based on what it needs for optimal health.


How To Boost Testosterone Naturally

I recommend focusing your efforts on healthy lifestyle strategies, rather than taking synthetic hormone replacement, because the risk of taking synthetic testosterone is still largely unknown.

There are a number of things a man (or woman) can do to boost testosterone levels naturally. You should make some dietary and exercise changes, particularly by limiting sugar and fructose, doing high-intensity exercises and supplementing with Eurycoma Longifolia Jack.

Eurycoma Longifolia Jack is also called Tonkat Ali. It derives from a plant and it helps increase testosterone production in your body. This all natural herb is not testosterone replacement, nor does it directly increase testosterone. 

Tonkat Ali is traditionally prescribed in Thailand as an aphrodisiac and as a treatment for sexual dysfunction. Tonkat Ali seems to not only assist in maintaining erections but it also has been known to increase the libido and sexual desire in women. It also enhances energy levels, endurance and stamina, and reduces occasional mental fatigue.

For the greatest impact, nutritional supplementation should be combined with exercise of short intervals of high intensity exertion followed by periods of rest. This is what your body is hard-wired for and it emulates the daily physical actions and movements of ancient man.

Clearly, low testosterone is not an inevitable fate for aging men, and you don’t have to risk your health by experimenting with synthetic hormones in order to maintain youthful levels. Even if you believe the risks to your heart are small, I encourage you to consider the big picture.

Using exercise and diet will allow your body to optimize testosterone and other hormones to levels that are ideal for you. By opting for hormone therapy as your first line of treatment, you’re cheating yourself out of most, if not all, of those benefits—and you may even end up doing more harm than good.


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  • bluewaters1
     4/19/2015 1:54:11 AM
    hi my name is ty. I have a question to ask you, I hope you got some good answers to answer them. I was wondering is it possible to lower your testosterone to masturbation to porn. dats the first question. my second question is for years I had my moments of being stress out at a point in my life. I was wondering if stop stressing so much will my testosterone go back up. I consider myself as a man of good health. because I train in martial arts. and so far am really trying to get myself back in shape. and get my mojo back. please tell me is it possible to gain it back. ...


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