TRT Basics: Question 2
Is going on TRT the only option for low testosterone?
Once low testosterone levels are confirmed via a blood test, it’s not necessarily a case of undergoing immediate TRT treatment. That’s because there could be an underlying reason for low testosterone levels such as
undiagnosed diabetes, being overweight or taking certain medications. Correcting this could result in the testosterone levels returning to normal.
Meanwhile, Hormone Replacement Therapy can also help with low testosterone levels in men, especially when linked to the andropause.
TRT Basics: Question 3
When can I stop TRT? I have low testosterone and I’m on TRT?
If your testosterone levels return to normal without treatment then there is no need to continue it. This could be if an underlying condition is diagnosed and treated.
TRT Basics: Question 4
Is TRT safe?
Some experts believe testosterone can lead to higher rates of heart disease and heart blood pressure in young men. However, a lack of testosterone has been linked to obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance. All of these three conditions can themselves be a trigger for heart disease and atherosclerosis.
It’s also worth noting that in another study of 2,100 men over age 45 the likelihood of low testosterone was:
- 2.4 times greater for obese men
- 2.1 times higher for men with diabetes
- 1.8 times more for men with high blood pressure
Nor is there a link between TRT and prostate cancer according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Urology. Researchers based their results on a group of group of men taking TRT over a period of five years.
TRT Basics: Question 5
Who has a personal experience with testosterone therapy?
Singer Robbie Williams had a well-documented case of low testosterone leading to depression and excessive fatigue in his early 30s. It was only when he received TRT that his enthusiasm for life returned and his energy levels went through the roof compared to what they had been before (like an 80-year-old man’s, according to doctors).
TRT Basics: Question 6
Does testosterone increase blood pressure?
On the contrary, many doctors believe blood pressure can lead to low testosterone. A 2015 study revealed by the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions showed that of 1,472 men aged 52 to 63 who received TRT, none had an increased risk of heart attack or stroke (both the result of high blood pressure. Another 2015 study, this time at the renowned Mayo Clinic, showed no link between blood clots and TRT in 30,000 men.
TRT Basics: Question 7
Is low testosterone permanent?
Testosterone levels for men peak in their late twenties and early thirties. It then gradually declines with age, roughly around two per cent annually from the age of 40. The symptoms associated with low testosterone include impotence, depression, low energy levels, a low red blood count and reduced muscle mass.
TRT Basics: Question 7
Can testosterone affect a B12 deficiency?
Actually, the opposite is believed to be true ie B12 has an effect on testosterone levels. When a male body lacks enough B12, testosterone levels pretty much plummet. B12 levels can also affect sperm quality and number as well as general health of the testicles.
TRT Basics: Question 8
Can testosterone replacement therapy cause panic attacks?
Too little testosterone has actually been linked to anxiety and panic attacks.
TRT Basics: Question 9
How dangerous is TRT?
No studies have been published to show that TRT is dangerous. On the contrary, an investigation in 2016 ago in South Korea, found that TRT can reduce the symptoms of anemia in hypogonadal men. Published in The Journal of Urology, the study on 58 men aged 18 to 80 years was based on testosterone injections over a period of just over a year.