Are you wearing a perplexed look on your face? Can imagine me advocating low testosterone treatment in men by synthetic substances? No – we can definitely throw anything containing synthetic hormones out of the window. My other similar article shares the same standpoint about treating low T in a natural manner!
Since I don’t support any shape or form of artificiality (whether it’s related to anabolic steroids or ‘plastic’ women), today’s post will be focusing on dealing with low T, without resorting to harmful substances.
Remember – my goal is to help you fellows treat low testosterone naturally, without reverting to the dark side. And no, they don’t have any cookies there!
How Is Low Testosterone Treated In The First Place?
By testosterone treatment therapy, or in other words – by injecting yourself with synthetic testosterone. That’s pretty much the same thing that bodybuilders and gym rats use to enhance their physique and strength, although they’re using much higher doses than what a doc would generally prescribe to anyone with low T.
Now, that might sound perfectly fine on paper, but as you might imagine, putting (or injecting) anything artificial in your body is far from optimal for your health. Doctors prescribe TRT for guys whose T values are below the norm, although that may not always be a sound plan.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to your GP or any doctor for that matter, but I just want to make sure that you know what the related risks to using TRT are!
What Are The Side Effects Of Using Synthetic Testosterone?
Here are some of the most serious and shocking adverse reactions that may result from taking (injecting even) synthetic T:
- Heart attack and stroke – Researchers have found that guys who are on TRT are at a greater risk of being struck a heart attack or a stroke (1).
- Dermatologic, respiratory and cardiovascular problems – Another study shows that gents who used testosterone gel (synthetic T) experienced certain problems with their skin, heart and even breathing complications (2).
This in return reminds that a danger associated with receiving unnatural amounts of T is polycythemia (such a fancy name). No one wants to be bored to death with over pretentious medical field words, so straight to the point we go. It’s a case of your own body generates way too much red blood cells.
Synthetic testosterone in return HAS the not-so-awesome potential to kill you by the likes of heart attacks, strokes etc.
Red blood cells can (and most likely will) indeed multiply with the help of TRT (you’re smart enough, you know what this stands for) which in return rings a bell – thick blood sometimes causes blood clots in arteries. Hello, do you comprehend the possible problems connected to restricted or completely obstructed blood supply to coronary arteries or the ones supplying blood to your brain? As already acknowledged – first is a heart attack, second a stroke.
Doesn’t take a Nobel laureate to understand that this is serious business and that polycythemia ain’t no joke. It could very well be possibly the beginning of the end to put it more lightly if it’s not treated accordingly in time.
By the way, did I mention SIDE EFFECTS such as:
- Gyno (gynecomastia)
All of those are some NASTY things, no doubt about that. Listen, brothers, our bodies are incredibly complex and sophisticated units – you’re not doing yourself a favor by introducing harmful chemicals into your system. You have to weight in the pros and cons for himself when it comes down to personal decisions like smoking, drinking alcohol, taking unsafe and damaging substances etc.
Of course, when it comes down to treating the dreaded condition we know as low T, doctors might ultimately make the decision to include artificial testosterone which may come in the form of injections, pills, gels or patches. Oh, there’s even an oral form but as you can imagine liver toxicity is a real PITA. An intriguing question arises at this moment, which I believe you might want to be answered:
How Much Testosterone Do Men Produce Though?
So, most folks out there can expect to produce around 4 to 7 mg every day. Did you copy that? I said, FOUR to SEVEN milligrams daily. If you’re even slightly familiar with dosage protocols of TRT would know that a common dose of testosterone is somewhere in the 100 mg region, every week.
Now, I want you to take a wild guess as to what could possibly happen in your body when you inject more than 10 times the amount of what it normally pulls out? Hmm, perhaps you apply for Mr. Olympia? Or maybe your skin turns green while you start to realize that you will definitely need a new wardrobe?
Ever wondered why tales exist of mega buff fellows complaining about their tiny nuts? Hold on tight – it’s because introducing synthetic testosterone to your body, shuts down its own production of T!
A few weeks of injecting yourself with such compound might be more than enough to completely put a stop to the essential creation of our primary male hormone initiated by your hypothalamus, pituitary gland and testes.
So after your body halts the T production which occurs naturally otherwise, what do you think happens? Yep, your balls become lazy because you are giving your system loads of testosterone, so they shrink in an attempt to hide in shame. Also, feel free to check my normal T levels for men article if you’d like to read more about what’s normal when it comes to testosterone.
Moving on now to a much anticipated comparison between most doctors’ favorite traditional approach and a more natural concept to treating low T. Fellow men, introducing in the left corner, in red trunks it’s the synthetic menace and in the right corner, entering the ring in blue trunks, please give it up for… natural T boosters!
Testosterone Replacement Therapy vs Testosterone Boosters!
If I ever happen to be the referee for a match like this one, I’ll probably be heavily booed by the crowd because of my biased position. Look, as much as I stand my ground in terms of my preferences towards natural means, there are some benefits related to TRT which are undeniable, alright?
By not looking at only one side of the coin, there’s a study that reveals the effect of these artificial substances in improving general health. Men with type 2 diabetes all experienced improvements in glycated hemoglobin, total cholesterol levels as well as a much-welcomed decrease in the waste line region (3). Neat!
Other obvious positive reactions like increased sexual desire and firmer erections are also associated with higher levels of testosterone in the body, in this case, achieved by TRT.
Besides, if you have your reservations towards testosterone enhancing supplements, I have my very own post about the safety aspect of testosterone boosters!
Supplements Are A Safe And Natural Option To Lay Siege On Low T!
Listen, I personally value my health an awful lot – I don’t smoke, I rarely drink alcohol (in small amounts) and I try to avoid specific foods like the plague. Also, to be 100% honest with you, I bloody HATE syringes!
The existence of an alternative to traditional testosterone replacement therapy is a blessing in my opinion because we men now have options – options to choose from. Summarizing this would mean that an answer to the question “Can you up your T naturally?” has been giving by this article of mine.
There’s enough evidence that there are indeed natural compounds which possess the awesome ability to elevate testosterone values and there are even more guys out there who are happily using them to great success.
I’ve had and still do enjoy the perks of these cool supplements! Even if there are loads (and I mean it) of so-called “gurus” and “experts” that simply ADORE bashing anything and everyone, including supplements designed to naturally up our virility.
From personal experience, I can confidently say that the most horrible side effect of a T booster has got to be… not feeling a damn thing! And that’s only in cases where the product itself is just poorly formulated with insufficient amounts of critical ingredients or even ingredients which are pretty much useless when it comes down to raising test levels.
A personal favorite of mine for natural T optimization is Testogen for which I did an in-depth review. Of course, I welcome you to check my other reviews as well, even if not every single product that I’ve tried was top of the top – but that’s real life, not everything out there works optimally.
Here’s My Personal Experience With Anabolic Steroids!
A haunting memory from my early gym days. I was just walking into the dressing room and it came out of the blue – a guy was injecting “something” into another guy’s back. Later on, I was told that the syringe was filled with some filth called “testosterone propionate” which happens to be a synthetic form of our beloved hormone.
Now, it would be probably pointless to even remotely scratch the subject of complications this man experienced and probably still is (I stopped training there). Oh, you’re actually interested in reading more about it? Thought so, folks!
All I really want to mention is that he was experiencing unpleasant (to put it lightly) adverse effects from this synthetic crap, which he was describing as heart palpitations, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Heck, I was even in the same boat a few years ago – I’m not proud of myself doing it and I will never repeat, but I was young and delusional.
Some negative aspects can be put in the low T category, for the sole reason that after a cycle of artificial androgens, you experience what’s known as a crash. You’re free to check my piece of writing related to main symptoms of low testosterone for reference.
To wrap it up, I would like to share a quote by the man playing Rambo himself!
“Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older”
Couldn’t agree more with Sly – we should all consider this hormone an incredibly important aspect of our general well-being as men. If Rambo himself says it’s IMPORTANT, then it must be true, right?
Hope this post was of value to you and if there’s something you would like to say concerning this subject, feel free to write it in the comment section below.
P.S. This is not supposed to be a medical advice – just personal intake. I’m not a urologist so feel free to seek the assistance of a qualified healthcare personnel if needed.
Founder of Testosterone Nerd