Unexpected Hidden Benefits Of Testosterone Replacement
There are unexpected hidden benefits of testosterone replacement that have emerged through clinical study over the past five years. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is given to men suffering from Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome or TDS.
What are the symptoms of TDS?
- Low libido or lack of interest in any sexual activity
- Some erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue, lack of energy, drive or zest for life
- Mood changes, mild depression, anxiety, phobias and intolerance of others. Difficult to live with. Grumpy.
- Increased visceral fat, decreased muscle mass.
If testosterone deficiency syndrome is the problem then most of these symptoms will have considerably abated after a few weeks of replacement therapy. If they have not done so then TDS is not the problem. It is as simple as that. Blood tests tell you little and the decision as to whether to start testosterone replacement should never rest on blood levels of testosterone alone. It is how the man feels and responds to TRT that tells you everything.
What are some hidden benefits of TRT?
- Reduction of insulin requirement in diabetic men.“We have found the cause – and a potential treatment pathway – for type 2 diabetes in testosterone-deficient men,” said Franck Mauvais-Jarvis from Tulane University in the US.“Our study shows that testosterone is an anti-diabetic hormone in men. If we can modulate its action without side effects, it is a therapeutic avenue for type 2 diabetes,” said Mauvais-Jarvis.The study referred to here was conducted on nice in whom a diabetic like state was induced. Those nice given TRT had a less insulin requirement to bring their diabetes under control than did those not given testosterone. And that is exactly what I have been observing in my TRT practice. It is, I must say, most gratifying to see the anecdotal begin to merge with the scientific.
- TRT may reduce the risk of developing dementia. In 2013, a study by French researchers found that low testosterone levels were associated with increased dementia risk in men. This risk was greater in men over age 80. It was also higher in men with higher levels of education. - See more at: http://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/is-there-a-connection-between-test...
- TRT and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This has been a controversial area of research. One study (Mayo Clinic) suggested that TRT increased the risk of developing coronary artery disease. However, this was conducted on men over the age of 80 most of whom would have had CAD anyway. And besides, they were given too high a dose of the hormone. Most studies however, conducted on younger men given therapeutic levels of TRT, showed that this treatment gave them protection against CAD. See more here
- Anecdotal deviance abounds that TRT frequently reduces levels of anxiety in testosterone deficient men. Certainly, in my own TRT practise, I have seen dramatic changes in men's mood and levels of calmness after commencing treatment. They are, as they often say themselves, "new men." On the other side of the coin we do know that men treated with Finasteride to lower their levels of Dihydro-testosterone suffer from anxiety as a side effect along with a myriad of other very nasty sexual side effects. Good solid scientific evidence in this area is lacking but only because the studies have yet to be done. See more here