Suzanne Somers has never shied away from mixing her private life with her public passion for health and wellness advocacy, frequently using her own experiences to make the case for beneficial diets, fitness programs, and anti-aging therapies.
Her new best-selling book, “Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging” (Crown Archetype, $26), is no exception, detailing her decision to try an experimental stem-cell procedure to rebuild the breast she lost to cancer.
But now, in an exclusive interview with Newsmax Health, the TV star is turning the spotlight on the experiences of her husband, Alan Hamel, to demonstrate the benefits of using testosterone to boost vitality and longevity for men.
Testosterone therapy doesn’t deserve the reputation it has among conventional medical doctors for contributing to prostate cancer, she argues.
“My husband, about 15 years ago, started to sleep and sleep and sleep,” she told Newsmax Health. “He’s 10 years older than I am [and] I said to him one day, ‘You’re getting like my old cat. You sleep all day long ...’ And so I said, ‘Why don’t you go to one of my doctors and see where your testosterone levels are?’ And, sure enough, when he went, his testosterone was dangerously low.”
After undergoing testosterone therapy, she said his vitality and “joie de vivre” has returned. Somers says Hamel’s experience offers an important health lesson for many men whose levels of the male hormone begin dropping in their 40s as they age.SPECIAL: This Small Group of Doctors is Quietly Curing Cancer — Find Out How
“It’s dangerous for men to have low testosterone … there are studies showing that men with the highest testosterone [levels] live longer than men with low testosterone,” Somers said, “which totally ablates the whole theory that testosterone will give men prostate cancer.”
In her book, Somers interviews Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, a Harvard Medical School professor, who said while “it is not necessarily safe for all men with prostate cancer to take testosterone …” he has seen “firsthand how well men were doing on testosterone, not just with sex, but a general all-over improvement in their health, vigor, well-being, and mood.”
Morgantaler also argued, “The traditional idea, taught for decades, that raising [testosterone] would cause prostate cancer or make an existing small cancer grow like wildfire was based on a misunderstanding of data that went back to [research by Charles] Huggins in 1941.”
He added: “Prostate cancer needs some testosterone in order to grow. But it can only use a little. Adding more doesn’t seem to do anything bad.”
Somers told Newsmax Health that Mortgantaler’s findings should be a wake-up call for men who, like her husband, can benefit from testosterone therapy without fear.
“Putting testosterone back into my husband was like putting water back into a vase of tulips. He essentially came back to life,” she said.SPECIAL: Improving Memory Can Reduce Alzheimer's Risk