In his book, Testosterone for Life, Abraham Morgentaler, M.D., an Associate Clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, talks about the general health of men and their testosterone levels. Generally, if a group of men of various ages had testosterone levels measured, the highest numbers would appear to be the best. Men would be healthier, leaner, more muscular, have increased energy, an increased libido and better sexual performance.
Low testosterone can contribute to depression and a low libido. Morgentaler proves that men with lower testosterone levels are MORE likely to get prostate cancer than men with higher testosterone. Since low testosterone reduces blood supply to the prostate gland, low PSA results can still harbor a hidden prostate cancer.
Men with low testosterone have less muscle mass and burn fewer calories. This leads to weight gain. Abdominal fat changes testosterone to estrogen and estrogen stimulates craving for carbohydrates. Men will eat more carbs, retain extra belly fat and have higher estrogen levels, which then circles back to eating more carbs. It is a vicious cycle. Additionally, high estrogen is thought to stimulate the growth of prostate cancer.
Commercial medical laboratories have determined that normal testosterone levels is relevant for anyone above the bottom 2 ½ % of the population. I feel that ⅓ % (the lowest 33%), would be helped by additional testosterone. Would you be happy if your child was getting D’s in school or would you want to raise those D’s to B’s?
There are several major male hormones. DHEA is also an important male hormone. Although it is much weaker than testosterone, blood levels of DHEA are ten thousand times as high as that of testosterone. DHEA is available as an over-the-counter (OTC) tablet or capsule and if needed, should be measured and supplemented. Few mainstream American doctors routinely measure DHEA in their patients. Dr. Morgentaler does not mention DHEA in his book, but since it is a natural OTC supplement, pharmaceutical companies can’t push it. Like most mainstream professors, Morgentaler doesn’t even consider it.