Testosterone Booster Pills & Aging: Benefits? Risks?

Posted by lwood58 @lwood58, Jul 21, 2021

Few yrs back I was given a pill to speed up my testosterone to help lose weight. I was told by my medical dr when i went in for annual checkup when she asked of my meds had changed any. Told her I was given testosterone pill and she said do you know that can cause prostate cancer and I said no and threw them away. I am now 69 and over weight by more then back then. I cut back on meals and did some walking and lost almost 30 pounds in about 2 1/2-3 months then came to a screeching halt. I got frustrated and gained back what I lost. My question now is. Is there any testosterone pill or similar that will not cause prostrate cancer and lose weight. When I took it few yrs back, I never changed my eating habits and was still working at my job and was losing weight, so I know those pills worked to speed up my testosterone. I want to lose 120 pounds maybe a few more.

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I am and have been on Testosterone Cypionate (injectable) for many years. I have been told repeatedly by Urologist and family doctor that testosterone DOES NOT: REPEATE: DOES NOT cause cancer. It will, however, help cancer to grow should you develop the disease. That is why my PSA is tested on a regular basis.

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@rckleinsmith

I am and have been on Testosterone Cypionate (injectable) for many years. I have been told repeatedly by Urologist and family doctor that testosterone DOES NOT: REPEATE: DOES NOT cause cancer. It will, however, help cancer to grow should you develop the disease. That is why my PSA is tested on a regular basis.

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You very wisely presented a issue that has been on my mind. I thought Testosterone caused cancer! However, maybe best to avoid if I can. I'm desperate because I have a peyronies condition that surpasses all else and I have zero sex. Surgery for pyronies is not fun if I were to choose to go that route. Might injections be an option to cure Pyronies?

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@glenner075

You very wisely presented a issue that has been on my mind. I thought Testosterone caused cancer! However, maybe best to avoid if I can. I'm desperate because I have a peyronies condition that surpasses all else and I have zero sex. Surgery for pyronies is not fun if I were to choose to go that route. Might injections be an option to cure Pyronies?

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While I have no direct experience with Peyronie's Disease, I understand that there are several positive outcomes experience with a vary of treatment plans. You may consider looking at the following: https://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/peyronies-disease/treatment

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I have started TRT at a dose of 200mg of testosterone cypionate weekly. I give it IM. I am a senior citizen and am curious if anyone can shed any light on their experience.

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@cfbauer

I have started TRT at a dose of 200mg of testosterone cypionate weekly. I give it IM. I am a senior citizen and am curious if anyone can shed any light on their experience.

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Hi @cfbauer, I'm not familiar with testosterone replacement therapy. Do you mind sharing what condition is being treated with the TRT so I can look for other members who may be able to share their experience with you?

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@cfbauer

I have started TRT at a dose of 200mg of testosterone cypionate weekly. I give it IM. I am a senior citizen and am curious if anyone can shed any light on their experience.

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I have a slightly low testosterone level. A contemporary of mine whose testosterone level was low
went on TRT with testosterone cypionate. The result has been an increase in energy and stamina with a loss of some body fat. He reports generally feeling much better. The dose he is on is 200mg weekly. This low dose is not a body building dose by any means. At this dose, it is reported that no significant effects (i.e. more energy and feeling better) are noticed until 3 to 4 months. Thanks for reaching out.

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@cfbauer

I have started TRT at a dose of 200mg of testosterone cypionate weekly. I give it IM. I am a senior citizen and am curious if anyone can shed any light on their experience.

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Will be nice to hear opinions. I've been studying the matter and it seems it influences in libido,anemia,physical activity. On the other hand risks are not clear.: Prostate cancer and cardiovascular events both the main ones

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@cfbauer

I have a slightly low testosterone level. A contemporary of mine whose testosterone level was low
went on TRT with testosterone cypionate. The result has been an increase in energy and stamina with a loss of some body fat. He reports generally feeling much better. The dose he is on is 200mg weekly. This low dose is not a body building dose by any means. At this dose, it is reported that no significant effects (i.e. more energy and feeling better) are noticed until 3 to 4 months. Thanks for reaching out.

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@cfbauer @abelmarcelo @johnbishop, I merged your discussion with this existing discussion with @rckleinsmith @glenner075 and @lwood58 who were also asking about the potential benefits and risks of taking testerone therapy. See all posts here:

– Testosterone Booster Pills & Aging: Benefits? Risks?https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/testosterone-booster-pills/

This article from Mayo Clinic helps answer your questions.
– Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/art-20045728

Here's an excerpt:
"Testosterone therapy has various risks, including:

– Worsening sleep apnea — a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
– Causing acne or other skin reactions.
– Stimulating noncancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and growth of existing prostate cancer.
– Enlarging breasts.
– Limiting sperm production or causing testicles to shrink.
– Stimulating too much red blood cell production, which contributes to the increased risk of forming a blood clot. A clot could break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).

Also, some research shows that testosterone therapy can increase your risk of heart disease. More research is needed.

Should you talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy?
If you wonder whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Your doctor will likely measure your testosterone levels at least twice before recommending testosterone therapy.

Treating normal aging with testosterone therapy is not advisable. If you don't have a medical condition that's contributing to your decline in testosterone levels, your doctor might suggest natural ways to boost testosterone, such as losing weight and increasing muscle mass through resistance exercise."

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@colleenyoung

@cfbauer @abelmarcelo @johnbishop, I merged your discussion with this existing discussion with @rckleinsmith @glenner075 and @lwood58 who were also asking about the potential benefits and risks of taking testerone therapy. See all posts here:

– Testosterone Booster Pills & Aging: Benefits? Risks?https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/testosterone-booster-pills/

This article from Mayo Clinic helps answer your questions.
– Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/art-20045728

Here's an excerpt:
"Testosterone therapy has various risks, including:

– Worsening sleep apnea — a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
– Causing acne or other skin reactions.
– Stimulating noncancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and growth of existing prostate cancer.
– Enlarging breasts.
– Limiting sperm production or causing testicles to shrink.
– Stimulating too much red blood cell production, which contributes to the increased risk of forming a blood clot. A clot could break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).

Also, some research shows that testosterone therapy can increase your risk of heart disease. More research is needed.

Should you talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy?
If you wonder whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Your doctor will likely measure your testosterone levels at least twice before recommending testosterone therapy.

Treating normal aging with testosterone therapy is not advisable. If you don't have a medical condition that's contributing to your decline in testosterone levels, your doctor might suggest natural ways to boost testosterone, such as losing weight and increasing muscle mass through resistance exercise."

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Hi Colleen
Tks for yr answer. It's very clear regarding not to supplement Testosterone.
Can you give us more reading material about natural methods to increase level?
Rgds

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@abelmarcelo

Hi Colleen
Tks for yr answer. It's very clear regarding not to supplement Testosterone.
Can you give us more reading material about natural methods to increase level?
Rgds

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Hi @abelmarcelo, I thought I would jump into your conversation with @colleenyoung and share some natural methods I found to increase testosterone on the Veteran's Administrations Whole Health Library (https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTHLIBRARY/).

— IMPROVING LOW TESTOSTERONE NATURALLY:
https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTHLIBRARY/docs/Improving-Low-Testosterone-Naturally.pdf

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