Lowering testosterone levels

I recently had my testosterone level checked due to being tired all the time and just general blah approach toward life. My total came back at 360, with free at 7. I’m only 33 years old, so that number seemed insanely low for me. But my doctor says that I’m within “normal range”. Yeah, normal range for a 70 year old man, perhaps. He said my prolactin level was normal, not sure if he checked my estradiol. His recommendation was to put me on high-dose Vitamin D-3 at 5000UI per day for 3 months, then recheck my t-level. I’ve been on the high-dose vitamin D-3 for about a month now and can’t say that I feel a huge difference, maybe a little.

To further muddy the waters, there was also a study that showed that testosterone levels were actually increased with megadoses (438 mg/day) of Vitamin E. [4]  However, this study had no control.  Plus,. I would urge caution at megadosing alpha-tocopherol, because yet another study showed a decrease in thyroid hormones with megadosing. [5]  One study even showed a slight risk in lung cancer for those taking Vitamin E. [6]

Beyond decreased sperm production, another repercussion you don’t see in the pop-up window ads asking “Is it low T?” is dependence: Once you begin taking testosterone, it’s very difficult to stop because the body accommodates for the extra hormone and slows its natural production of it. In reality, replacing hormones is a lifelong commitment. Perhaps that’s why some doctors are counseling patients to use caution and to look for other solutions before signing on for full testosterone therapy. Others see the gradual decrease in testosterone as a natural form of aging that we can combat by building muscle and reducing stress, even while we accept it and learn to live with it.

One caution that I have is that I tried for years to raise my testosterone through lifestyle changes, . diet, sleep, supplements, etc., and nothing budged my testosterone.  And I see this quite often on The Peak Testosterone Forum : some men seem to have actual damage to some part of their HPT (hypothalamus, pituitary and testes) axis. In those cases, going natural just does not work for reasons that we do no understand yet.  Of course, it does not hurt to try, and I especially encourage the younger men to do that.

Furthermore, pre-treatment total testosterone was an independent predictor of extraprostatic disease in patients with localized prostate cancer; as testosterone decreases, patients have an increased likelihood of non-organ confined disease and low serum testosterone levels are associated with positive surgical margins in radical retropubic prostatectomy. A clinical implication of these results concerns androgen supplementation which has become easier to administer with the advent of transdermal preparations (patch or gel) that achieve physiological testosterone serum levels without supra physiological escape levels. During the clinical development of a new testosterone patch in more than 200 primary or secondary hypogonadal patients, no prostate cancer was diagnosed.

Lowering testosterone levels

lowering testosterone levels

One caution that I have is that I tried for years to raise my testosterone through lifestyle changes, . diet, sleep, supplements, etc., and nothing budged my testosterone.  And I see this quite often on The Peak Testosterone Forum : some men seem to have actual damage to some part of their HPT (hypothalamus, pituitary and testes) axis. In those cases, going natural just does not work for reasons that we do no understand yet.  Of course, it does not hurt to try, and I especially encourage the younger men to do that.

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