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Low-T Drugs Safe for Heart: Top Doctor

By    |   Friday, 02 January 2015 08:53 AM

A handful of recent studies have raised questions about all those ads featuring improbably fit older men singing the praises of testosterone therapy. Some research has even suggested low-T treatments may increase cardiovascular risks, which prompted federal officials to launch an investigation into the potential dangers of such products.
 
But a major new study may ease some fears about hormone therapy, suggesting those warnings may be overblown. The study, by the University of Texas and funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked more than 25,000 older men for eight years and found those taking testosterone were no more likely to have heart problems than untreated men. In fact, men who used testosterone actually had a lower rate of heart attacks than similar men who did not receive this treatment, the researchers said.
 
Brett Osborn, M.D. — a New York University-trained board-certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine— tells Newsmax TV’s “Meet The Doctors” program thatlow-T therapy is safe and healthy for men as long as they work closely with a doctor who can be sure they are getting appropriate amounts.
 
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Dr. Osborn, author of the new book “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,” notes that men lose testosterone as they age, as a result of natural processes and lifestyle factors that hasten the hormone’s depletion.
 
“By virtue of the fact that we are constantly being bombarded by various stresses — and those include environmental stresses such as food, psychological stress, physical stress, financial burden, etc. — our testosterone levels as we age…tend to decrease,” he explains. “Interestingly, if you look at the average male testosterone level at a particular age 50 years ago, it’s dramatically lower today.”
 
For some men, low-T supplements may be an important way to maintain their levels, which can boost their energy, libido, and overall health. Other healthy habits — such as maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, sleeping well, and managing stress appropriately — can also boost testosterone levels.
 
“The best way to combat obesity, as you know, and this will also improve your testosterone level is to [improve] your diet — eliminate the carbohydrates the bad fats [such as] the trans fats,” he says. “You can eat the good fats [from nuts, fish, olive oil and other healthy sources] — that is OK, will bolster and augment one’s testosterone level.
 
Robert Newman, a certified nutritionist and wellness expert from East Northport, N.Y., adds that nutritional factors that influence blood sugar and insulin, as well as activity levels, are directly tied to hormone levels.
 
“As you raise your insulin levels — as you become more insulin resistant [as a result of] metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes — you’re going to have a drop in testosterone,” he tells Newsmax TV. “As you have changes in the fats in your diet that will affect production of … testosterone.”
 
Adding certain nutrients to your diet can make a difference, he notes. So can short bursts of intense physical exercise, separated by intervals of less-vigorous activity.
 
“There are certain nutrients you can use to stop that process,” he says, suggesting diets rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds can maintain hormonal balance. “One of the key exercises is burst training, which is 30 second all-out bursts [done] five times [per workout that] will end up raising your testosterone levels.”
 
Dr. Obsorn says many age-related diseases — including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease — have all been linked to unhealthy habits and lifestyle factors we have the power to change for the better.
 
“The vast vast majority of the diseases — including the diseases of aging — to a great degree … are the direct result of poor nutrition, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance and stress.”
 

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Recent studies have raised questions about testosterone therapy. But a major new study may ease some fears about hormone therapy, suggesting those warnings may be overblown. The upshot: Low-T therapy is safe treatment for men with low hormone levels, a top doctor says.
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