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What Are the Real Benefits of Testosterone?
- Increases exercise capacity in men who already have known cardiovascular disease, such as angina or congestive heart failure.
- Eases the effects of "metabolic syndrome," including fat mass accumulation, insulin resistance, and waist size.
- Reduces the risk of death from all causes by 50 percent.
- Testosterone therapy does not increase the risk of cancer in men. Estrogen therapy does increase the risk of cancer in women, but testosterone is not estrogen, and women are not men.
- Testosterone is not overprescribed. Epidemiologists estimate that up to 4 million men in the US alone can be diagnosed with hypogonadism (literal shrinking of the penis and testicles), and only 2 million men in total receive the hormone.
- Testosterone is not prescribed without lab work. A study came out that claimed that 25 percent of men who were prescribed testosterone had not had a lab test to prove that they needed it, but the study was based on insurance records, that is, what was billed to their insurance companies, not was in their medical records. Some insurance companies simply don't cover testosterone therapy and would not have a record of the blood test.
- Testosterone deficiency does not have to have a known cause for testosterone replacement to make good clinical sense. We don't know the cause of cancer, but we don't tell cancer patients they can't be treated. We don't know the full cause of heart disease, but we don't tell someone in the emergency room who is having a heart attack to go home and eat more broccoli. Even in the absence of a clear cause of low testosterone, and twice as many men just in the US have a clear cause for low testosterone as get replacement therapy, giving a man testosterone can improve his life.
Testosterone patches and injections are the answer to the question of how to increase testosterone levels. Don't let anti-Pharma activists and naysayers dissuade you from getting the treatment you really need. Make sure that your prescription for testosterone is based on a blood test, and follow your doctor's directions, but do not avoid this major boon for male health. Achieving normal testosterone levels can make a huge difference in a man's life.