If you're struggling with low testosterone, you're probably wondering about the most effective treatment. And you want to go for something with evidence behind it. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a proven treatment for this condition.
Let’s take a look at the science.
1. Boosted energy levels
If you're struggling to tackle life head-on, low testosterone could be the culprit. Studies have shown that TRT can significantly improve energy levels, helping you reclaim your zest for life.
In one study, 66 patients with low testosterone were compared over one year - half received TRT, and the other half did not. The TRT group showed significantly lower fatigue than the control group.
2. Improved muscle mass and bone density
Testosterone is a key driver of increased muscle mass. It also maintains bone density, which is why men with low testosterone are at a higher risk of osteoporosis and fractures. For men with this condition, the negative effects on muscle mass and bone density can be reversed by TRT.
In one study, researchers conducted a one-year, placebo-controlled trial with older men (65 years or older) experiencing low levels of the hormone. The results showed that treatment significantly increased bone density and strength, especially in the spine. In another study on muscle mass, researchers found that TRT can increase muscle mass in elderly men.
3. Enhanced libido and sexual performance
A common symptom of low testosterone is loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. A not-so-dynamic duo.
Thankfully, help is at hand. A study found that TRT can improve erectile dysfunction (ED) and libido in men with low levels. However, they did find that it was most effective in improving men with mild ED, but not in men with more severe ED. There are treatment options for men who are still experiencing ED after TRT.
4. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes or fewer symptoms
If you have type 2 diabetes, you’re twice as likely to have low testosterone. The two conditions are closely linked. But TRT has shown remarkable results for people with low testosterone and type 2 diabetes.
In a study of 356 men with both conditions, TRT led to significant reductions in glucose levels and insulin resistance over 11 years, with 34% even putting diabetes into remission.
5. More positive mood
Testosterone plays a role in regulating moods and emotions, and its decline can lead to irritability, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness.
A study found a direct link between TRT and improved mood. After treatment, participants reported better mood and lower severity of depressive symptoms. They also enjoyed increased sexual activity and erectile function - a proven route to happiness.
6. Improved cardiovascular health
TRT has been linked to improvements in cardiovascular health, including lowering the risk of heart disease. In a study of more than 6,300 patients, the treatment produced a mild protective effect on the heart, resulting in a reduction in the risk of heart attacks.
In a separate study, researchers observed that men with higher testosterone levels and increased physical activity had a lower risk of cardiovascular events. Surprisingly, even men with higher testosterone but lower physical activity levels experienced fewer cardiovascular events and fatalities than those with lower testosterone but higher physical activity levels.
7. Better weight management
Research shows that men with low testosterone have lower rates of physical activity and higher rates of obesity. TRT can assist in shedding unwanted fat and maintaining a healthy weight.
A study found that treatment effectively increases lean body mass, decreases fat mass, and results in sustained and significant weight loss, along with reductions in waist circumference and BMI.
The numan take
Don't let pride or fear stop you from taking control of your health. If you're experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone, it's time to act. Your health is worth the commitment.