Testosterone supplements are an easy way to help men who are aging or who are losing testosterone due to other health problems. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about these useful supplements.
Why do people take it?
Men naturally begin to lose testosterone as they age. In younger men, low testosterone may be the first indicator of a larger problem. Most men who require these supplements complain of:
- Low sex drive
- Lack of energy
And a variety of other symptoms. Some body builders will also take supplements to help increase their lean muscle mass.
How can I take my supplements?
This will depend on a number of factors, but the three most common ways to administer the supplements are orally, topically, or by injection.
Oral and some topical testosterone can be obtained at your local health food or vitamin store, or over the counter at your local drug store. Injectable testosterone can only be legally obtained by visiting your physician. While you may be able to administer the injections at home, depending on the frequency of your treatments, you cannot actually get the testosterone without a prescription.
How long does it take to work?
This answer is dependent on what you are trying to achieve by taking testosterone supplements. Men who are suffering from low energy or lack of sex drive may see results in as little as two weeks, while body builders who are trying to increase muscle mass may not see effective results for 6 months or more. It will vary from case to case.
What are the risks of taking the supplements?
All supplements, no matter how natural, have risks.
The side effects can include:
- Breast enlargement (excess testosterone is converted to estrogen in the body which can cause breasts to grow.)
- Diabetes, either cause or exacerbate existing conditions.
- Heart Attack
- Non-cancerous prostate growth
Should I visit a doctor before I start taking supplements?
You should always consult your doctor before you begin any new health care regimen. If you suspect that you are suffering from low testosterone, or that you would benefit from testosterone supplements, talk to your doctor. He or she will probably suggest that you have your testosterone level tested to determine if your levels are indeed below the norm.
If you are suffering from low testosterone levels and you are an otherwise healthy adult between the ages of 20-50, your doctor may wish to run other tests to make sure that your low levels are not the result of some underlying problem.
Are the supplements approved or regulated by the FDA?
No. A large number of supplements were actually banned in 2005, and the ones that are still on the market are considered homeopathic treatments, so they are not regulated by the FDA. All of these products are always held to the highest standards, so you can be sure that you are always getting the best ingredients.