Testosterone! We all need it (especially men, but even women need it). It declines after age 30, and it’s also been declining rapidly for more than 50 years from man-made chemicals entering our bodies. Testosterone Deficiency is associated with many disease conditions. The popular conception is that Testosterone replacement is dangerous, but the evidence is that Testosterone Replacement reduces overall mortality and even prostrate cancer risk, despite misinformed beliefs to the contrary.If you (or someone you love) is male, I encourage you to watch this presentation (or at least scan the slide snapshots below) to “get” this topic. (Though the presentation is focused toward using Testosterone Replacement Therapy to “fix” Testosterone Deficiency, there are also more natural means to increase one’s testosterone without resorting to HRT. I’ll cover those in another post.)
Watching this for a third time, I’m even more impressed how much better almost all health outcomes appear to be when men have high-normal testosterone vs when they have low or low-normal testosterone. Even when the high testosterone is achieved via replacement therapy! Very much different from what I’d picked up from “mainstream consciousness exposure”.
- Lower all-cause mortality
- Lower risk of Alzheimers
- Lower risk of Cancer (including prostrate cancer)
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cardiovascular disease
- Better body condition
- Better mood
- More drive and ambition
He’s not being paid by Big Pharma – he’s paid by his (reputedly happy) patients
Is that him as a young man on the left?
Used to be in Emergency Medicine…
This is how it looks to him. I think he’s still putting the cart before the horse, or begging the question, because something causes hormones to decline – I suspect it’s age related signaling, perhaps driven by telomere shortening.
Regardless of what we call it, it’s a downer for the man experiencing it
Testosterone Deficiency ==> Wasting away
What’s considered “normal” in 50-70 year olds would be considered a catastrophe in younger men!
Cheap plastics aren’t quite so cheap when we pay with our health and vitality
Lots of negative consequences to low “T”
I’d say it’s amazing that this result is not more widely known! This is bigger than 95% of the study results that are reported, yet it’s kept quiet. Hmmmm…. Next thing you know those crazy conspiracy nuts will be suspecting that the “powers that be” would rather have low “T” men. Nonsense!
All cause mortality reduced to 44% of “normal”! The full paper: European Heart Journal – 2015 August
Another good report. Link to full article: Testosterone treatment and mortality in men with low testosterone levels.
Someday (when I have nothing better to do) I’d love to get to the bottom of the “fuzzy math”, but for the moment I’ll just chalk it up to a possible “perception management” or other agenda-based reporting.
The Raw data sure looks like T is protective.
I’m so glad I didn’t go into law…
(It looks like all of these citations are easy to look up – rather than do more of them now I’ll leave that as an exercise to those so interested)
Looks like declining T is “upstream” of many of the symptoms of aging.
Conclusion: Testosterone looks to be very, very important to male health. To stay young, I’ll want to keep my testosterone levels around “high normal” for a relatively young man, if I can. This may be possible without supplementation, if I keep my body fat low, exercise efficiently, and eat the right foods. Otherwise, it appears that Testosterone supplementation is a viable option that can provide many benefits, especially for men who have less hope of raising their levels naturally.
– Jerome Verhasselt, “Get Young” enthusiast, at age 62