Anyone worried about their heart on testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone started out as a miracle hormone for me in improving energy and muscle size/endurance not to mention libido. I couldn’t wait to lift weights at the gym after a long days work and go home after with energy for the wife and kids. My levels on Androgel were 750-1100 TT and 20 something Free T with 30 Estradiol for a year.
Felt great to feel great again.
Then the palpitations happened…then the random tachycardia happened…then I stopped cold turkey from side effects related to arrhythmias and anxiety from arrhythmias.
For a whole year I struggled with depression/anxiety, the worst feelings of no energy or enthusiasm…saw a psychiatrist and was prescribed antidepressant which I never took because of zombie side effects and no libido.
Finally connected with anti-aging clinic and got on clomid for a month and hcg another month. Felt great until I stopped and now I’m here…
Currently feeling OK for the last year, definitely not depressed or anxious, and total T is 490 nothing spectacular but definitely better than when it was in 100’s.
So testosterone has always been the hormone that made a huge positive difference in my life with better well being and energy…but then testosterone was correlated with hypersensitive episodes and some side effects like palpitations, low blood sugar, and random chest pains.
I’m still wondering if negative sides might have been due to lack of sleep, constant suppression of cortisol, low blood sugar ( T lowered my blood sugar at random times regardless of diet) or just the gel itself vs the injectable cypionate.
I’m very much so interested in getting back on T for energy and strength, but leary of negative sides. I read about guys taking T into there 80’s and 50 year old power lifters who’ve been on T replacement for decades. Those dudes look healthy. Maybe my body is just sensitive to exogenous hormones?
But the one thing that really pisses me off about testosterone replacement therapy and the main reason I’m hesitant to jump back on is this: clinical evidence points in 2 different directions as far as safety is concerned! Many doctors say to stay away while some say it’s good for men. What the heck?!
For example, the recent JAMA study showed a buildup of soft coronary plaque from TRT users vs placebo.
Other articles show a decrease in cardiovascular events in TRT users vs placebo, while some studies point to no difference at all. What the heck?
So for now, I may just wait until further studies are completed before jumping back on the testosterone train.