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The Truth About Testosterone
By: Harry Fisch, M.D. Mens Health Expert
Between two and four million men in the US alone suffer from below-normal testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism.
It’s a problem that gets progressively more common as men age, though it can also strike men at any age for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, very few men with below-normal testosterone are getting the help they need. It’s estimated that only 5% of the millions of men with hypogonadism are currently being treated, despite a booming business in testosterone replacement therapies of many kinds. (Sales of prescription testosterone products have soared more than 500% since 1993.)
This surge in the use of testosterone products may not be an entirely good thing. Testosterone replacement therapy is only appropriate and safe for men who have below-normal levels and who don’t have any medical conditions that could be made worse by testosterone, such as an enlarged prostate or evidence of prostate cancer.
As we’ll see, use of testosterone by men with normal levels is very risky. The symptoms of hypogonadism are often overlooked, because, in part, they are mistaken for ordinary signs of aging.
The enormous industry that has sprung up to capitalize on this problem has contributed to a dangerous rise in the unregulated sale and use of testosterone supplements. Far too many men are obtaining quick-and-dirty prescriptions for testosterone, and abusing the hormone because it makes them feel temporarily younger and stronger.
Better Sleep Can Double Your Testosterone
A recent study performed at the University of Chicago by Plamen Penev revealed that men can sometimes double the amount of testosterone that the body produces by simply improving the quality of their sleep. This study isn't all that surprising since the body tends to produce more testosterone during sleep than when it is awake. Getting too little sleep has repeatedly shown to upset the balance of hormones in our bodies.
As we age it is natural for our bodies to produce less testosterone. A common mistake many men make is to address what they believe to be a testosterone defiency with unnecessary and sometimes dangerous testosterone therapy.
Unregulated use of testosterone has been shown to put men at risk for:
Killing Nerve of the Cells
Over production of Red Blood Cells
Reduced Sperm Production
The good news is that we can help our bodies produce natural safe levels of testosterone by simply improving and increasing our Sleep Quality.
By: PSD Contributor