You probably know by now that I’m a huge advocate for testosterone replacement — despite the beating this treatment has taken in the headlines over the years.
The fact is, time and again, concerns over its use have turned out to be unfounded. And when administered responsibly, testosterone therapy really can save lives — not to mention make them a whole lot better.
Still, I can understand the doubts some of my patients still have. When you hear terms like “heart attack” or “cancer” thrown around, it can be a little hard to get past. And that’s why I’m always thrilled to come across new research supporting the truth about this valuable therapy.
Like the fact that T replacement doesn’t raise your risk of prostate cancer.
This is one of the most pervasive testosterone myths. And it’s easy to see why it just won’t die. After all, androgen deprivation is a common treatment for certain forms of prostate cancer. So it’s not a huge leap to assume that testosterone somehow has a hand in causing the disease.
But, if you look at the research on testosterone therapy, that logic simply doesn’t stick. In fact, as this a new study reveals, testosterone replacement is actually protective against prostate cancer.
This study analyzed the medical records of more than a 250,000 Swedish men. And results showed no increase in prostate cancer risk among subjects who received testosterone replacement for over a year.
In fact, the risk of aggressive forms of the disease — in other words, the kind of prostate cancer that can actually kill you — was 50 percent lower with long-term testosterone replacement.
It seems to me that not treating low T is by far the riskier proposal, here.
Of course, low testosterone isn’t the only culprit that plays a role in prostate cancer. Not by a long shot. There are lots of factors that could increase your risk — like eating too much sugar and not getting enough exercise.
So before you decide to try testosterone replacement, you should have your levels tested to make sure you actually need it.
I’ve outlined my standards for optimal testosterone levels in detail in my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. (Most recently in the June 2015 issue.) Subscribers have access to the complete archives — so if you’re still on the fence about testosterone replacement, I hope you’ll consider signing up today.
For now, let me wrap things up with this important point: Men who already have a history of prostate cancer should steer clear of any kind of testosterone therapy.
But as this research shows, for otherwise healthy men with low T, testosterone replacement may very well be a crucial first step in preventing potentially deadly prostate cancer. Not to mention getting healthier overall.
The bottom line: Most men have nothing to lose by replacing low testosterone levels. And a whole lot to gain.