Risks of Testosterone Treatments
While testosterone treatment may improve sexual functioning, body mass index, exercise performance, improve LDL cholesterol and blood pressure there is also a correlation of increased cardiovascular risks. Because there have been positive benefits from testosterone treatment many men are being prescribed it by their doctors, however, the problem is that in some cases it is being done without true evidence of a man actually having low testosterone.
The high rate of heart attacks and strokes from testosterone therapy have made clinical trials difficult to do as they put men's health in too much danger. However, a study done in 2013 that examined elderly men with low testosterone found that there was a greater risk of all-cause mortality, heart attack and stroke when using testosterone treatment. Another trial showed a 54 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events and is most likely why the FDA requires all testosterone products to be labeled to warn consumers of these risks. It is important to understand that testosterone needs to be at the ideal level as health issues can be caused by having either too much or too little and taking a testosterone should only be done by those men who really need it as the health risks are high in doing it.
It is important to understand that testosterone levels do not drop just due to aging, they can decrease with poor diet and higher levels of fat in the body. It becomes a viscous cycle in which high body fat promotes lower testosterone, which in turn promotes more body fat, which can then lead to diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease. This means that keeping a healthy weight is key to healthy testosterone levels.
In addition, it is certainly a good idea to avoid endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as those found in plastics, some pesticide residues and pollutants in fish and other animal foods as they may certainly contribute to low levels of testosterone as well as other hormone imbalances.
Another contributor to low testosterone levels may be cholesterol-lowering statin drugs (such as Lipitor or Zocor) according to a 2010 study that evaluated nearly 3,500 men who had erectile dysfunction or ED. It is now estimated by the CDC that one of six adults in the U.S. has high cholesterol. With such an increase and the powerful efforts of big pharma, the number of people taking statins rose 88% from 2000 to 2005 with the numbers of people rising from 15.8 million people to 29.7 million. In many cases. While low testosterone levels and high cholesterol levels share some common causes there is definitely a link to stain use and lowered testosterone.
Statins are often used as a band-aid for heart disease, when in reality a healthy diet and exercise are what will actually treat the underlying cause as well as help to regulate hormones such as testosterone. Current research does show that men can increase testosterone naturally by simply eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight as well as adequate vitamin D3 and zinc supplementation. The best resources we can recommend for nutritional advice is through the work of Joel Fuhrman, M.D. who provides scientifically provides proven methods to address not just high cholesterol but also low testosterone. He has several books but great ones to start with are either Eat to Live or Super Immunity. You can visit his website here- Dr. Joel Fuhrman
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