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Do 'Low T' Remedies Cause Cancer?

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:24 AM

Studies have shown that men with lowered levels of testosterone have an increased risk of death from heart disease over a period of 10 years. Low testosterone can cause reduced sex drive, weaker erections, decreased energy, and bodily or mood changes. Men with low testosterone also tend to have a metabolic syndrome, which includes diseases like diabetes, heart conditions, and vascular malfunctions.

Certain doctors fear that testosterone replacement or T remedies might lead to prostate cancer. This stems from the knowledge that prostate cancer regresses when androgens are removed from the body. However, there is little evidence to support the hypothesis that supplementation or fixing low testosterone levels will actually cause cancer. Other studies find that cancer treatment can actually have a side effect of causing low testosterone. Newer studies suggest that low testosterone levels are actually an indicator of an increased risk of prostate cancer.
So does "low T" therapy actually cause cancer? The answer is no. However, if cancer cells already exist in the body, then testosterone might stimulate the growth of these extremely sensitive cells. In essence, testosterone replacement might trigger prostate cancer. It is therefore essential that men with low testosterone levels undergo a series of tests, including both physical checks as well as blood studies, to ensure that they are cancer-free. This should be done even before they are prescribed low-dose T therapy. Once testosterone therapy begins, the patient still needs to be regularly monitored for signs of cancer.
The prostate does not accumulate excessive testosterone, so even low-dosage T therapy will be sufficient to raise the levels of testosterone in the prostate. High-level supplementation will actually cause an overflow of testosterone in the prostate, which is treated by the body as an excess.

Another very important factor to remember is that common symptoms of low testosterone may actually be caused by other reasons such as diabetes, thyroid problems, or liver problems. The symptoms could also be side effects of medications or the fallout of marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol abuse. Stress and lack of sleep can also decrease testosterone levels. It is therefore imperative to rule out other factors before considering low-dose testosterone replacement therapy.

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Cancer and low testosterone have been linked because cancer cells are extremely sensitive and stimulated to grow by testosterone. With "low T" remedies being advertised aggressively, it's important to assess whether "low T" levels need to be fixed or are merely the result of a more serious cause.
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