Testosterone for Life: Recharge Your Vitality, Sex Drive, Muscle Mass, and Overall Health
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"Dr. Morgentaler, an internationally recognized expert in sexual medicine and male hormones, shares his secrets for a healthy life."
--Irwin Goldstein, M.D., Director of Sexual Medicine, Alvarado Hospital, San Diego, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Sexual Medicine
"A highly valuable resource. Finally debunks many of the myths about testosterone's safety, which has been an impediment to its appropriate usage for far too long."
--David E. Greenberg, M.D., President, Canadian Society for the Study of the Aging Male
From a Harvard doctor and a leading expert on testosterone--the groundbreaking book that shows you how to raise your testosterone levels--and live your life to the fullest
Better sex. Increased vitality. More muscle. Improved health. Greater mental agility. These are just a few of the life-enhancing benefits that men with low levels of testosterone can experience when they increase their testosterone level. If you've noticed a decrease in your sex drive; experienced erectile dysfunction; or felt tired, depressed, and unmotivated, this authoritative, up-to-date guide from an expert at Harvard Medical School will help you determine if you have low testosterone--a surprisingly common but frequently undiagnosed condition among middle-aged men. Learn how to:
- Recognize the symptoms of low testosterone
- Diagnose the problem with simple tests
- Find the treatment that's right for you
- Explore options your doctor might not know about
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity
altered by enzymes in those cells to become different hormones with different characteristics and functions. For example, an enzyme called aromatase takes testosterone and converts it into estradiol, which is a primary type of estrogen. A good deal of aromatase is found in fatty tissue. This explains in part why overweight men are often found to have enlargement of their breasts, a condition called gynecomastia, because the conversion of testosterone to estradiol stimulates breast tissue growth.
which showed a level of 410 ng/dL. His doctor told Felipe that this level was very normal, and therefore his problem could not be due to low T. Felipe's physician discussed with him the possibility that perhaps he was depressed or not getting enough sleep. Felipe was certain these weren't the cause of his problem. When I repeated Felipe's blood tests, his total T was 420 ng/dL, a value very similar to the last one and well within what is considered the normal range, which is usually listed as
T levels tend to only reach into the lower range of normal, and in some men the absorption may be too poor to achieve a beneficial response at all. Another is the awkwardness of having a visible patch on the body, which can be awkward for men who undress at the gym or for men who perhaps are dating and not yet ready to share their medical issues with a sexual partner. A major limitation is that patches cause skin irritation in as many as 44 percent of men in one study, with wearers experiencing
trouble, but it is not available in the United States. It is called testosterone undecanoate and goes by the trade name Andriol. The company that manufactures Andriol has no apparent intention of bringing this medication to the United States, which is too bad, because my Canadian colleagues who have prescribed it think that it is a useful and effective therapy. However, it does require several doses each day, and blood concentrations of testosterone may not always reach optimal levels with this
values during the time of the testosterone flare! Curiously, neither article so much as mentioned this result. PSA is an excellent indicator of prostate cancer growth. The fact that PSA did not rise in these men during the testosterone flare strongly suggested that the cancers did not grow during this time. Perhaps the complications attributed to testosterone flare were nothing more than the cancer progression that would have happened without any treatment at all. It had been quite a day and