What is the best way to treat low testosterone? Should doctors employ long or short term testosterone therapy?
Regular readers of my blogs know that I like to expose the many myths and misconceptions about testosterone therapy. I have recently written pieces that disprove the link between testosterone replacement and cancer and heart disease.
The list of proven benefits of testosterone therapy for the treatment of low testosterone continues to grow far longer than any of its perceived risks. However, a myth that persists, even among some providers of testosterone replacement, is that the benefits are only achieved through short term use. Many believe that any risks associated with testosterone replacement, increase the longer the therapy is used.
According to a recent study, this too seems to be “busted.”
Should Testosterone Therapy Be Given Without Interruption?
The study published in the medical journal, Clinical Endocrinology, concluded that “continuous long-term testosterone therapy for middle-aged and elderly men is beneficial.” The study looked at men who received supplemental testosterone every 12 weeks for a maximum of 11 years. A percentage of men in the study had low testosterone treatment suspended after about 65 months. They had no treatment for approximately 15 months, and then resumed treatment. The remaining men in the study had continuous testosterone replacement, without any interruption.
The study saw continuous improvement in lowering of body fat, weight, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and C-reactive protein (an indicator of heart disease) in the men that never stopped therapy. Any similar gains were lost in the men that stopped testosterone replacement therapy. The researchers concluded that their data supports the continuous use of testosterone to treat men diagnosed with low testosterone.
Short and Long Term Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
What are the long and short term benefits of testosterone replacement? As indicated in this study, testosterone replacement can significantly improve overall health in men with low testosterone.
In addition to helping your body store less fat, increase lean muscle, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, testosterone optimization can also:
- Make you feel stronger and more vital overall
- Help you to think more clearly
- Improve your sex life
- Improve your moods; make you feel less irritable, anxious, or depressed
- Improve your sleep habits
- Increase your leadership skills/improve performance at work
But, the only way to find out if testosterone optimization is right for you, is to see a qualified doctor.
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