July 16, 2011
A friend sent me an article today about “Low T” (testosterone) contributing to heart disease. All of my patients are asking about “Low T”. “Low T” is the fad disease of the year. Articles are showing up everywhere. Are you tired? You must have “Low T”! Depressed? “Low T”! How’s your libido? Experiencing sexual dysfunction? Losing strength and getting flabby? Yes, all of this could be from “Low T”.
The symptoms of “Low T” fit every disease known to mankind. They also fit the aging process. Fatigued because you work 10 hours a day and don’t sleep because you are worried about paying bills? Not “Low T”! Depressed because you are not where you expected to be at your advanced age? Not “Low T”. Libido gone because you’ve neglected your marriage while working to pay the bills? Losing strength and getting flabby because the last time you were in a gym was 30 years ago in college? Not “Low T”.
Low T is the current rage. Everyone wants testosterone. Should we really be replacing testosterone? Is testosterone replacement risk free?
While I don’t believe replacing “T” causes prostate cancer, if you get a prostate cancer on “T”, it’s likely to be a very bad one! I like natural medicine at its best. If G-d wanted me to have more T at this age, my body would make it. Instead, nature is running its course. Besides, what’s a married man to do with an enhanced libido? Better to die from heart disease than cheat on Renee. At least if I die from heart disease, I’ll be buried with my testicles. Can’t say the same would be true if I cheated.
I occasionally see men who have really low “T”. What were you like when you were young? Can’t remember? You may well find out when I replace your “T”. I have had wives beg me to take their husbands off of “T”! They have used terms such as short tempered, mean, threatening, and oversexed! I have had men take themselves off “T” because they didn’t like it.
When I was young, there was a T.V. commercial for margarine with a famous line. “Don’t mess with mother nature.” As stated elsewhere in this blog, I treat individuals. There are individuals who need supplemental, FDA approved testosterone. When used appropriately, it can be a tremendous intervention. It is not the cure-all for every woe that besets mankind.
Tired, fatigued, low libido, loss of muscle mass, flabby, and having erectile problems? Welcome to old age! See your doc, exercise, eat appropriately, and shed bad habits. Done that and still not well? Let’s talk about “T”!