Thought i’d discuss perceptions whether right or wrong in the public about needing testosterone. My biggest obstacle has been to accept that i need T being a young guy with an under-diagnosed/rare condition. The public perception of Testosterone is all negative, most doctors included,while the latest studies reiterate the safety and beneficial effects of therapy. This has not been enough to educate the average joe about this very serious medical condition. Everyone that i have discussed my condition with(loved ones) have been on the fence and i regularly get asked whether there are “natural” ways to increase testosterone. I try to explain how that if that had to happen it would have happened with my 180 degree turn in lifestyle from ages 17-25. A couple of bad lifestyle habits aside, i work out anaerobically 3-5 times a week, super careful about dietary needs, do not consume heavy alcohol and be a party animal like 99% people my age and i am still low.
For a 25 year old, it’s not normal and an illness, taking ZMA or eating more nuts(Which i consume anyway) will not make symptomatic difference to my condition. I try to make them consider how stupid this question would sound to a Type-1 diabetic, “Have you tried this supplement that supposedly lowers blood glucose?”
Now, i understand why therapy is controversial for older men when the decline is associated with age rather than an anomaly, but this view remains for younger men with doctors sending every obviously symptomatic man away even when levels are very low for age even when in “range” which includes men with low T themselves. We do not see such negative perceptions with hormone replacement for diabetes, thyroid, and adrenal diseases, so why with hypogonadism? Doctors should also understand that nobody apart from some very serious gym rats/ bodybuilders would want to pin themselves and rely on external delivery of T for their lives and the presence of life halting and long lasting symptoms force young guys with problems to the doctors for what is a very difficult topic to talk about. It should be encouraged by doctors for young men having abnormal symptoms to come forward and look for help rather than making a difficult and pride swallowing task and impossible one. I don’t know a single guy who would be comfortable talking about sexual problems at a supposedly peak age to a doctor, i even doubt they would want to accept such a problem. What does society do to these people? Tell them it’s all in their head.
Now for people with other conditions and evident lifestyle shortcomings, high body fat and unhealthy diet, i understand that treatment should be last resort but what about otherwise healthy people?
I understand that not everyone needs to know your personal problems and i am more reluctant to share my malaise with others after understanding the negative perception but how do you guys feel about such things? Has it deterred you? create self doubt, whether treatment is right for you? I know it did to me.