Current practice states that men with prostate cancer should not receive testosterone as it is thought to accelerate an active case. Note that testosterone is not thought to cause prostate cancer, but may speed up the severity of the disease. Men who are, or have been treated for prostate cancer are at risk for the fatigue and decreased libido of low testosterone as well. Since hormone replacement is typically not recommended for this group, other options are needed. A special combination of two forms of the nutritional supplement carnitine has shown equal effectiveness in battling fatigue and maintaining well being [Source: Cavallini ]. This combination contains 2,000 mg of acetyl L-carnitine and 2,000 mg of propionyl L-carnitine. The heart benefits that are seen with testosterone replacement have not been studied with this combination.
A team led by Dr. Joel Finkelstein at Massachusetts General Hospital investigated testosterone and estradiol levels in 400 healthy men, 20 to 50 years of age. To control hormone levels, the researchers first gave the participants injections of a drug that suppressed their normal testosterone and estradiol production. The men were randomly assigned to 5 groups that received different amounts (from 0 to 10 grams) of a topical 1% testosterone gel daily for 16 weeks. Half of the participants were also given a drug to block testosterone from being converted to estradiol.
Low testosterone symptoms and their side effects can occur when the body does not produce enough testosterone. Levels lower than what is considered “normal” by the medical community, are referred to as low testosterone. Normal levels of testosterone range from about 300 to 900 nanograms per deciliter. Many Low Testosterone Symptoms are often the result of a health or sexual issue, and can also be caused by other medical problems or conditions. Men tend to have naturally high levels of Testosterone that control the functions of sexual activity and also assists with muscle and bone density. This is why a low level of Testosterone can cause many sexual complications and impact a man’s overall health. Low testosterone symptoms can be mild or severe, but they will usually not get better if left untreated. Make an appointment to see one of our doctors today!