My biggest concern with this is that by taking an artificial form of hormone, you risk further shutting down your natural hormone production capability.
I know ‘T’ declines with age. But it doesn’t go to zero. If someone has unusually low ‘T’, I have to ask what has been done to find out WHY - there’s quite possibly an imbalance somewhere - dietary or otherwise - that may be aggravating this. It might actually be easy to fix, too (and yes I accept, it might also not be easy to find/fix).
It dismays me to see people being prescribed such potent supplements to “fix a problem” as a first-off attempt at addressing a problem.
I know each case is different, and that at times there are genuine reasons why alternative solutions won’t work (having AIDS for example - I’m all for ‘T’ for those suffering from that terrible wasting disease).
No criticism of anyone intended by this: my issue is with the medical institute and related stakeholders whom we rely on for our advice on our well-being. I’m also not having a dig at those who want ‘T’ for building bigger bodies: you know what you’re doing and why, have-at it. My concern is for those who have been told their ‘T’ is low (when was it measured? How many measurements, over what period? How low is low? etc.)
Personally, I would strongly encourage folks to investigate alternatives to hormones or other potent drugs as a first-step. Only when reasonable attempts have been made to correct a problem using more natural means, would I consider using the more powerful synthetics.
Once you start taking these supplements, you may find, like nicotine, they are a drug your body gets so used to that you need it. Not a good situation however you want to look at it.
While I do agree with some of this post, mainly in the sense that similar to me, you would like to see society be preventive rather than reactive in regards to health problems, I do disagree with some of it as well. Hypogonadism is a serious endocrine DISEASE, disorder, malady, or whatever termyou prefer.
I am sorry folks, and although I am not a urologist/andrologist, endocrinologist, or primary care physician, I do not believe that abnormally low levels of FSH, LH, and testosterone are caused by what appears to be trivial matters: low fat diet, you got upset cause you got an F on a paper, you are dieting down for a show, etc, etc.
I personally have IDIOPATHIC secondary hypogonadism. I did not take anabolic steroids, nor did I suffer from any accident, tumor, or disease that would damage my pituitary gland. However, I did test consistently low for FSH and LH and therefore low testosterone levels when I started to have testosterone problems.
Believe me, I suffered quite a bit for a year before finding a qualified andrologist-urologist: clinical depression, complete erectile dysfunction, anxiety, sore joints, and tight muscles. After taking Androgel for 4 years, I am the most alert, creative, fit, and enthusiastic I have ever been in my whole life.
This could be to other matters I got control of or enhanced, but being relieved from the symptoms of hypogonadism has done its share in enhancing the quality of my life. So, in conclusion, I believe in being preventive and proactive in regards to staving off disease, but I do believe that when someone is suffering from a disease, we need to be corrective and reactive.