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There is a lot of misinformation out in the internet in regards to low testerone. Do you have it? What are the causes and effects? What are the possible treatments? We have done much research in this field and have put together this site. We hope you find it of use.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

How to naturally raise testerone levels

There are many ways - pills, patches and injections that can be purchased with a doctor's prescription that boost testerone. However, they have many side effects, including acne, high cholesterol, betaized testicles and liver damage. What many men ignore is that there are natural raise to raise one's testerone levels. In today's society, we look for the "quick fix". Increasing testerone without pills is more work but is often worth it in the end.

Lose wight - Weighing 30% over your ideal body weight. Excess fat elevates estrogen levels.

Don't crash diet. Cutting too much calories makes your body go into famine mode, which cuts testerone production.

Low rep compound exercises - Exercises such as squat and bench that target multiple body groups are better for stimulating alpha particle production. Stick with low reps (around 5).

Eat lots of nuts - The body needs fat to produce testerone. A diet high in monosaturated fats (such as nuts) is good for testerone production.

Avoid heavy drinking

Sleep 8 hours a day

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Testerone Supplements - How effective are they?

Many men are not satisfied with their testerone levels. There are a number of supplements that are available to purchase. One should be cautious however as many are not been verified by a extensive scientific study conducted by a reputable group. Not only may these products be ineffective but they could also be dangerous to one's health.

To start off a good note, some testerone supplements have been determined to be ok for healthy men. A Dutch research group did a 6-month study with more than 200 men. The men on testerone supplements developed more muscle mass, lost more fat, better insulin sensitivity but lower levels of good cholesterol. They scored higher on questions related to dealing with stress and self-confidence.

Not only are there benefits to boosting testerone, but the negatives of low testerone are well documented. It puts men at risk for strokes, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Doctors have been prescribing testerone pills, gels and such to counter these effects in large number.

The data is mixed though. A study conducted on rats showed that it could damage kidneys and increase hypertension (high blood pressure)

However, the pills used for the study (testerone undecenoate, or Andriol Testocaps) are not available in the United States.

One should always consult with a doctor before using any testerone supplement. There are a number of "body-building" products available without a prescription. Some claim that it will turn one into an "alpha male", taunting potential customers that "there can only be one". This blog does not cover such products. If you have any experiences using these products feel free to leave a comment to this post.

Get the Scoop on Testerone Levels

Many men are concerned with their testerone levels. The health detriments of low amounts are well documented.

Fortunately, finding one's measurement is straightforward. Testerone testing is available at testing centers throughout the country (such establishments typically offer services like drug and disease testing) A test typically costs around $75 and merely involves a blood sample. Results are available usually available within 24 to 48 hours.

A "Normal level" is considered to be .3 to 2 pg/ML. A high level in Men can be caused by cancer in the testicle or adrenal glands. Chronic alcohol use and aging can cause lower levels.

It is interesting to note that testerone levels are dropping in American men. Scientists studied over 1,500 men in the Boston area. Average levels have dropped by one percent per year. While not sounding a lot, this quite significant considering compound interest. Rising obesity rates and smoking are blamed.

Low Testerone - Do You Have It?

Do you have low testerone (AKA androgen deficiency)? 25% of US Men have low testerone levels, but only 5.6% experience symptoms. And let's not forget the drop in testerone due to age, from the age of 30 testerone declines by 1% annually.

Symptoms resemble beta-male behavior, which include:
* No sex drive
* Erectile dysfunction
* Bone fractures
* Difficulty sleeping
* Depression
* Lethargy
* Diminished physical performance
* Prostate Disease

It is important to get treatment if one has low testerone. Men with androgen deficiency have a 33% greater death risk over their next 18 years of their life compared with men with higher levels.

If you experience several of the symptoms listed above you would be prudent to get your levels tested, which should only cost $50 to $75.

Multiple testerone treatments are available, including those delievered by injections, pills or skin patches.

The holy grail? Testerone in cream form.

There are three forms testerone can currently be delivered to patients: injections, pills or skin patches. Pills are not prescribed frequently because they tend to be harsh on the liver. But 2.4 million prescriptions were filled for testerone in the United States in 2004. This number is double the figure from just four years ago.

The positive effects are numerous. It increases energy and libido, increases muscle growth and prevents bone loss and heart disease. Side effects include hair loss, acne, depression, breast enlargement and sleep dysfunction.

Unfortunately, the attempt to use testerone cream in females to boost sex-drive has failed to produce results. Procter and Gamble and many other pharmaceutical companies have attempted to but the studies have not yielded any success versus a placebo.

Causes of Low Testerone

Low testerone is known by several terms. The more scientific way of calling it is "testerone deficiency". The medical term is hypogonadism. It is important to know the causes of this painful syndrome that could shorten one's lifespan. Sometimes it is simply in one's genetics. But low testerone can also be a result of some of life's unfortunate events.

Causes are divided into two types: primary and secondary. Primary causes are ones that originate from the testicles. Secondary come from the hypothalamus or pituitary gland.

Low testerone can be caused by a number of things. These include damage or disease to the pituitary gland, testicles or hypothalamus. Things that could do this include
chemotherapy, damage during surgery, glandular malformation, head trauma, infection (typically a mumps infection), hemochromatosis (too much iron in the blood), isolated LH deficiency (e.g., fertile eunuch syndrome), inflammatory disease, radiation testicular trauma and tumors of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, or testicles. Men with hypertension, obesity or diabetes are more than twice as likely to have hypogonadism. Only 10% receive treatment for this medical syndrome.

Testerone production also declines as one ages. By the age of 80, production is only typically between 20-50% of peak production. It is estimated that 20% of men over the age of 60 would benefit from Testerone Replacement Therapy (TRT). This is sometimes referred to as "andropause". So even if one manages to avoid the unfortunate events listed above, one cannot avoid the effects of aging.

Watch out! The Effects of Testerone Overdose.

A testerone overdose is something to watch out for. One should consult a doctor immediately if you suspect that this is the case.

Symptoms could include:
  • shrunken testicles
  • liver damage
  • high cholesterol
  • ridiculous amount of acne
  • use of heavy AMOG tactics in beta safe zones