Episode 144. Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
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Scott discusses the benefits of therapeutic testosterone replacement therapy, its effects, the symptoms it treats, and how it widely differs from stacked steroid usage.
Coach Scott has lectured at Michigan State University on performance enhancing drugs and was referenced by the Canadian Government as an expert on the subject. He recently wrote a blog posted in T-Nation documenting on why he quit steroids. Accessible also through his website: scottabelfitness.com/quitsteroids
“There’s little point to adding years to your life if you can’t just as equally add life to your years.”
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT, aka Hormone Replacement Therapy) is completely different than steroid use found in bodybuilding.
- TRT [when prescribed and monitored by a physician] is safe and effective.
- Testosterone is involved in many biological functions beyond sex drive; it affects mood, thinking, cognition, muscle and fat distribution, bone strength, and sense of well-being.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can help men and post-menopausal women.
- Testosterone production declines with age. That doesn’t mean it should be accepted and lived with if there are scientifically proven ways to treat it. Not doing so would be like not wearing eyeglasses [or contacts] to improve vision.
- Symptoms of low testosterone: low libido, lack of enthusiasm, low energy and overall vitality.
- A blood test can determine if you have low testosterone. Low T is often misdiagnosed as low thyroid.
- Testosterone in the low normal range can produce symptoms. Some labs only label testosterone as low if it’s in the very low range. Borderline low T is often left untreated when TRT would help relieve symptoms.
- The increased vitality resulting from TRT can improve adherence to training and diet strategy.
- The positive effects of TRT may take a few weeks to exhibit themselves.
Morgentaler,A, “The Truth about Men and Sex.” St. Martin’s Press, 2015.
Morgentaler A, “Testosterone for Life.” McGraw Hill, 2009.
Morgentaler A, Bruning CO, DeWolf WC. “Incidence of Occult Prostate Cancer with Low Serum Testosterone Levels.” Journal of the American Medical Association, 996 Dec 18;276(23):1904-6.
Morgentaler, A, “Testosterone replacement therapy and prostate risks: where’s the Beef?” Canadian Journal of Urology, 2006 Feb;13 Suppl 1:40-3.
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