Do Testosterone Medications Work

Benefits of  Prescription Testosterone

Recent studies have shown a decline in testosterone levels in men, especially over the last decade, there are a few reasons why doctors think testosterone levels have dropped.

I have my own theories that revolve around poor diet, lack of exercise and the fact that our society has become more sedentary and less active, I am sure it is a combination of everyday lifestyle.

The Study

While there have been many studies done on low testosterone, one of the most conclusive studies was the following:

There was a study done on men living in Boston, data from 1532 men was collected as part of a Massachusetts male aging study (MMAS), in this study male health and endocrine function was observed, the data was gathered from 3 home visits each from 1978-89, 1995-97 and 2002-2004.

In this study testosterone levels and serum sex hormone- binding was measured, the total amount of available testosterone was calculated during the study and men reported things such as alcohol use, smoking, and general health issues.

What the study showed was that there was a consistent decline of 1% per year over the 20 year study, the interesting fact about this study is that the decline was consistent and age was not a factor, the decline affected men ages 60 as well as men who were 18, so age had no bearing when it came to declining values.

Having said that this is probably a good reason why so many pharmaceutical companies have been making a killing with their marketing efforts, pushing medications to help increase testosterone.

The issue here is that there can be side effects, not to mention if your insurance company does not cover the cost it can be very expensive.

Do Testosterone Medications Work?

Yes, they do, in fact, most men have had incredible results from using them, unfortunately not enough studies have been done to know if there are any side effects from prolonged use.

Obviously, injecting small amounts of testosterone can have some good benefits, but there are pros and cons, some doctors say there can be risks of fueling prostate cancer, in fact, men who have suffered from prostate cancer in the past are usually put on some kind of therapy to reduce testosterone levels.

As far as therapy goes, modern medicine has come up with many different methods of administering synthetic testosterone, injections are probably the cheapest, the only downside is that men may have seen their doctor frequently for certain treatments.

  • Testosterone Enanthate (Delatestryl and testosterone cypionate) injections
  • Scrotal testosterone patches (Testoderm)
  • Nonscrotal testosterone patch (Mesoderm TTS and Androderm)
  • Methyltestosterone (Testred) and fluoxymesterone (Halotestin) pills “not recommended liver toxicity”
  • Injectable testosterone undecanoate (Nebido/Aveed) only needs to be applied 4 times per year
  • The above are common pharmaceutical products developed to increase testosterone levels.

What about natural methods

Testosterone Supplements have been found to have a positive impact on boosting testosterone levels, one reason men suffer from low testosterone is that of improper diet and not getting the right nutrients.

There have been several studies that have shown that increasing Zinc intake can have a positive effect on boosting Testosterone levels. D-Aspartic acid, Ginseng Root, and selenium can all help improve testosterone levels and boost energy.

This is probably one of the primary reasons so many existing supplement companies have begun producing products to naturally boost testosterone. The advantage of using a supplement is not only is it cheaper, it is also much safer and can have just as much of a positive effect on increasing testosterone levels as a medicine can, the difference no injections or prescriptions are required.

References:

A Harvard expert shares his thoughts on testosterone-replacement therapy

Zinc and testosterone study