There are huge numbers of testosterone creams, pills, and injections as well as ads convincing men they are in need of these products. There are also thousands of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the various testosterone therapies claiming the drugs caused several severe cardiovascular side effects including heart attack and stroke. With this knowledge, Men’s Journal published an article describing natural ways men can boost their testosterone through diet so as not to take on unnecessary risks. One suggestion made was to increase vitamin D intake which could increase testosterone level. Men should always use caution and discuss diet changes with their doctor.
So, how does one ensure that testosterone levels remain in balance? Some doctors suggest that monitoring testosterone levels every five years, starting at age 35, is a reasonable strategy to follow. If the testosterone level falls too low or if the individual has the signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels described above, testosterone therapy can be considered. However, once testosterone therapy is initiated, testosterone levels should be closely monitored to make sure that the testosterone level does not become too high, as this may cause stress on the individual, and high testosterone levels may result in some of the negative problems (described previously) seen.
Testosterone therapy can occur in many forms, from injectable and transdermal creams and patches and even subcutaneous pellets implanted under the skin. In the end it is true, with each form of therapy you are receiving the same testosterone hormone but the efficiency and effectiveness of each form varies greatly. Without question injectable testosterone is the most efficient and effective form of testosterone therapy, as through injections the needed testosterone is placed directly into the blood. While transdermal medications will absorb into the blood many men find difficulty in achieving proper levels with this form making it the least desirable of the four. If injections are not an option for whatever reason testosterone implant pellets are a fine choice and often all the testosterone an individual will need.