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Finding the Sweet Spot for Testosterone

Older men are being bombarded with advertising urging them to treat “low T.” Testosterone supplementation remains controversial, however. A study several weeks ago from the VA health system revealed that men with higher testosterone were more likely to suffer a heart attack or a stroke.

Now research from Australia shows that older men with the lowest levels of testosterone died earlier than those with slightly higher levels. Men with the highest hormone levels also were more likely to die sooner than those with intermediate levels of testosterone. The researchers caution that there are no data yet to indicate whether changing testosterone levels will change mortality statistics.

[Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, online Nov. 20, 2013]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I have found that if your levels are too high, you will experience adverse effects such as paranoia, anxiety, irritability, tension, headaches, etc.

I too am interested in the DHEA information. Any comments?

I found that taking DHEA (which is a hormone that supports testosterone) has provided me the benefits with out the risk.
What is your information?

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