Losing weight isn’t always easy. And if you’re a guy who is struggling to shed pounds much of the diet advice you hear just doesn’t seem to apply to you.
It’ can be downright frustrating. But I have some good news for you.
You might be surprised to hear that it comes straight from the mainstream press. But they made a big mistake in their report. They shared the news and then promptly shot it down.
But there’s a reason for that. They just don’t know what Dr. Wright knows.
Testosterone can help older men lose weight
The mainstream reported on a study presented in Europe. Researchers in Germany had found that supplementing with testosterone can help older men lose weight.
A group of 115 testosterone-deficient men (average age: 61) took hormone injections for five years. The injections helped them lose an average of 35 pounds. In addition to the weight loss, the men trimmed their waistlines, and had lower blood pressure.
They also had higher energy levels and were more motivated to exercise and get moving. And since testosterone increases lean body mass, their bodies were more efficient in general.
Not too shabby, right?
But here’s where the mainstream shot down its own good news. The report includes a quote from a researcher and obesity expert out of London. He cautions that testosterone is “a serious drug” that can cause “serious health effects.” Those ominous sounding effects, of course, are the links between testosterone, prostate cancer and heart disease.
In the end, he says testosterone just isn’t worth the trade off. And this is where the mainstream shows its ignorance.
Because there simply doesn’t have to be any trade off.
Bioidentical hormones can help men restore testosterone safely
Most of the fears about testosterone replacement therapy come from the use of a synthetic, patented form of testosterone (surprise, surprise).
“Methyltestosterone” was introduced in the 1940s. It was sold to hundreds of thousands of men before it was discovered to cause cancer and heart disease. Sales dropped, and the mainstream pretty much stopped researching real testosterone because “everyone” knew “testosterone” was dangerous.
As Dr. Wright has pointed out in the past, testosterone doesn’t cause prostate cancer all by itself. Otherwise, prostate cancer would run rampant in younger men.
In fact, testosterone replacement therapy (that’s bioidentical therapy, of course) can actually be GOOD for yourprostate.
Supplements could help you raise testosterone naturally
And you don’t even have to go down the replacement therapy road if you don’t want to. If your testosterone levels are low, or even just slightly lower than normal, you can actually raise them without taking testosterone itself.
Three supplements that can help support healthy testosterone levels (especially if you ‘re a younger man) are…
- zinc – 30-50 milligrams daily,
- vitamin A – 40,000-50,000 IU daily,
- boron – 3 milligrams daily.
For some men, the herb Tribulus terrestis–250-750 milligrams daily–can improve testosterone and free testosterone levels.
All of these nutrients and herbs are available in natural food stores, vitamin shops and through numerous online stores.
It’s important to work closely with your doctor if you decide to try testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone can significantly increase the growth rate of a pre-existing cancer that might not have been detected. So, it’s important to have your PSA level checked before you start and then have it checked again in a couple of months. If it goes up more than a little, you might have uncovered pre-existing prostate cancer.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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