Testosterone treatments – a growing trend. Consider this; Over 400 million prescriptions were written for testosterone last year, in the United States alone.
In fact, prescriptions for testosterone treatment have increased five fold from the year 2000 to 2011.
Why do guys do it? It promises all the key elements of youth – increased muscle, more energy and a firmer libido. Who wouldn’t want all of that?
Unfortunatley though, testosterone treatments are still a very new prescription and the fact remains that there is no long term data available on the effects of prolonged use.
The medical industry prescribes it like candy – over two billon dollars was spent on testosterone treatments just last year.
But know the facts.
Research shows a link between testosterone hormone therapy and very serious health issues. In a randomized study, results revealed that tesosterone increased odds of heart attack, stroke or dying by 29%.
29%! That’s a nearly one out of three chance that testosterone treatments are going to be problematic. That’s equal to the risk I run of getting heartburn after eating a cheeseburger and fries.
Now granted, the demographic tested were men over 60 years old with existing heart disease, but still.. 29% of this group is an alarmingly high number.
A Better Testosterone Option
The simple truth remains that our bodies are designed to decline in the production of testosterone as we get older. Expect an average 1% decrease every year after 30 if you’re not taking steps to avoid the decline. Trying to trick Mother Nature is almost always going to be problematic so it just makes sense that injecting testosterone is a bad idea.
The good news is that you can keep your current stream of testosterone pumping well into old age if you act proactively – and you can do it naturally.
Exercise is still the greatest “test” booster of all and the harder you work, the greater the amount of testosterone your body produces. So while the treadmill is great for burning a little fat, push your body a little harder – lift really heavy things such as weights and do it often.
The absolutely great news about hard exercise is that it won’t just help to maintain test levels but it will actually boost these levels. When you remind your body that it still needs to work – it responds by returning a bit of youth to you – allowing you to do the tasks that you demand be done.
Diet is the other single biggest influence of testosterone. Cholesterol, in particular, in needed to produce test so eat those eggs. Great Grandpa ate three every morning and lived over 100 years. Don’t worry – there’s no link between heart disease and cholesterol, despite the long-held myth that has perpetuated the recent diet books and caused a nation of men to shun those beautiful oval-shaped gifts so freely given by our poultry pals.
Lots of leafy, green veggies and minerals also help with the production of testosterone.
While testosterone treatments may sound like a great idea at first, there’s evidence that long-term injections could adversely affect your health so do it the right way – exercise and eat right. Follow the rules set forth by Mother Nature and you’ll reap the benefits.