Millions of men are using synthetic testosterone to treat low energy, low libido, depression and much more. Touted as a miracle medication, prescriptions for testosterone quadrupled between 2001 and 2011.
While testosterone therapy allows older men to reap benefits similar to a revived youth, there may be consequences associated with the drug. Men using testosterone have nearly five times the number of cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes.
In 2014, nearly one in 25 men over the age of 60 was prescribed testosterone. However, some doctors believe that it’s possible to increase testosterone naturally and without potentially dangerous prescriptions.
Holistic Alternatives To Prescription Testosterone
Dr. David Samadi, Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Professor of Urology at Hofstra School of Medicine, is one of those doctors.
In an article published in the Huffington Post, Samadi described seven holistic alternatives to testosterone medication:
1. Limit alcohol intake: Even drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can cause testosterone levels to plummet.
2. Reduce stress: be mindful of factors in your life that create stress. Mental or physical stress can quickly depress your levels. The stress hormone cortisol suppresses the body’s ability to make testosterone.
3. Cardio: High-intensity exercise can cut stress in half but don’t overdo it. Injuries and fatigue are sure signs that your workout may lower testosterone.
4. Zinc: The mineral zinc is important for testosterone production. Look to protein-rich foods like meats and fish. If you decide to supplement zinc, stick to a dosage of less than 40mg per day.
5. Vitamin D: This is a big secret when it comes to healthy testosterone levels. Foods like shellfish, tuna, salmon, egg yolks, beans and others work great. You can also look into taking vitamin D supplements, 1,000-2,000 IU per day (that’s what I personally do) and monitor your levels after that. Vitamin D levels should be between 30-60.
6. Limit Sugar: When in doubt, say no to sugar. Testosterone levels decrease because sugar leads to a high insulin level.
7. Healthy fats: Foods like olive oil, raw nuts, coconut oil, grass-fed meats and avocados are essential for building testosterone — 50-70 percent of your diet should include healthy fats.
Help For Men Suffering From Testosterone Side Effects
Studies show that testosterone therapy can increase the risk of cardiovascular issues, such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots and early death. Many men using testosterone have already experienced these complications.
If you experienced side effects while using testosterone, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Request a free case evaluation to learn about compensation today.
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