Rev Up Your Energy and Sex Drive With Testosterone
Julian Whitaker, MD
The overwhelming success of Viagra has broken a wall of silence. No longer does a man have to wonder if he’s the only one suffering with a decline in energy, motivation, passion, and sexual prowess. If millions of men are taking Viagra, then this decline must be normal.
It is normal. It’s called andropause and it’s related to the gradual, steady drop in testosterone production that begins around age 45. But unlike menopause, its female equivalent, andropause is virtually ignored by conventional physicians. They may prescribe Viagra for patients with erectile dysfunction, but for men suffering other less distinct signs of andropause, these doctors ignore the obvious solution: testosterone.
Hormone Therapy Rejuvenates and Protects Men
At Whitaker Wellness, we prescribe supplemental testosterone to improve and reverse many signs of andropause. It gives men more energy and vitality and enhances their sense of well-being. It increases bone density and muscle mass, while reducing body fat. Markers of cardiovascular health, such as cholesterol levels, are improved. And interest in sex, as well as erectile function in some men, is renewed.
I want to tell you about one of my patients whose life was turned around by supplemental testosterone. When Hugh hit 50, he started to slow down. An avid cyclist, he found that he was training harder and harder but making no progress. He felt listless and uninspired. We measured his testosterone level, which was low, so we started him on supplemental testosterone. Six weeks later, Hugh reported dramatic changes. He felt stronger, more focused and competitive. He began making strides in his training program, and no longer experienced the joint and muscle aches he had before. His sex drive was, well, in overdrive, and he stated, “I feel like I’m 18 years old!”
New Advances Make Testosterone Easier to Use
Testosterone may be administered by pill, lozenge, injection, pellets implanted under the skin, skin patch, cream, or gel. I have always steered clear of pills, as they may cause liver damage. And although the pellets have merits, they do require the inconvenience of implantation. AndroGel is effective, but it’s expensive and causes skin irritation in many men. For years I have recommended testosterone injections for my patients and subscribers. However, new research plus advances in delivery systems have changed my thinking.
At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, our preferred forms of testosterone replacement are lozenges, which are dissolved in the mouth between the teeth and cheek, and topical preparations applied to the skin. Both forms, which are made by compounding pharmacies, are convenient and, when used two or three times a day, they approximate the normal daily fluctuations in testosterone levels.
- Testosterone requires a prescription. Although it is generally safe and well tolerated, it should not be taken by men who have prostate cancer. To learn more about consulting a physician trained in natural hormone replacement therapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, call (866) 944-8253 or click here.
- For more information on testosterone replacement, I suggest that you read my special report, Natural Hormone Replacement. Call (800) 810-6655 to order a copy.
- Wright, J et al. Maximize Your Vitality & Potency. Smart Publications, Petaluma, CA, 1999.
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