Category Archives: Testosterone Information



Boosting testosterone levels (First of two parts)


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

DEAR Dr. Fritz, Just call me Kenneth. Ive been following your column for quite some time now. I just wonder if low testosterone can be boosted naturally. I am afraid to increase it by myself because there might be some side effects which I do not know. Thanks for your help. More power. Kenneth of Ecoland ***** Dear Kenneth of Ecoland, Testosterone is really an important hormone. As a matter of fact, this is necessary for normal sperm development and regulates physical energy. Moreover, maintaining a normal level of this hormone in elderly men has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But, its level would slowly fall as man ages. Men who suffer from low testosterone may experience lower sex drive, thinning skin, impotence, osteoporosis, mild anemia, chronic fatigue and a decrease in muscle mass with a coexisting increase in body fat. Low testosterone can also cause psychological effects such as depression, difficulty concentrating and remembering, and generally, a weakening in mental health with a poor sense of well-being. Moreover, a low testosterone can change the blood serum levels of cholesterol too thereby, raising levels of bad cholesterol and increasing your risk for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis … Read more »

Tribulus Terrestris Review Does It Raise Testosterone or …


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

I like to surf around at various health and fitness websites because it not only lets me help answer peoples questions but it also allows me get an idea of what people are curious about. Over the last several months Ive been noticing online chatter about Tribulus terrestris as a testosterone booster. I was a little surprised because tribulus terrestris was big in the early 1900s and then fell out of favor when people realized it didnt work. But maybe things have changed since I last reviewed the research so let me now take a fresh look at the tribulus terrestris research and see if there is anything new going on. Notice the amounts of tribulus used in the studies below. Im telling you the amounts so you can compare it to what is in your tribulus supplement. After reading this, you may want to check out what happened when I took tribulus for a few weeks. Also see my review of the HGH supplement, SeroVital. Tribulus or tribulus terrestris (also called puncture vine), is a plant that is found throughout the world. The term puncture vine stems from rumors that the plants thorns are able to puncture bicycle tires. … Read more »

Consumer Alert: Oversold testosterone treatments


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

ATLANTA (CONSUMER REPORTS) - Two years ago drugmakers spent 14-million dollars promoting prescription testosterone. Last year they spent 100-million dollars. And sales are soaring, topping two billion dollars in 2012. But Consumer Reports says most men don't need testosterone treatments. Even if you're worried about erectile dysfunction, treatment with testosterone usually isn't the answer. Erectile dysfunction almost always stems from other problems: reduced blood flow, emotional problems, or a drug side effect. And using testosterone treatments, which can cost $400 a month or more, has serious risks. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that men using one testosterone gel, Testim 1%, for six months had more heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. Testosterone treatments can have serious side effects, including worsening of enlarged prostate, possible increased risk of prostate cancer, enlarged breasts, sleep apnea, blood clots in the legs, and for younger men, lower fertility. Consumer Reports' medical experts say starting testosterone is a big deal. It should only be done after a long and careful conversation between doctor and patient. And there's another caution: family members being accidentally exposed to testosterone gels. The hormone can cause women to develop male characteristics and children to enter … Read more »

What More T Can Do for You


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

Details Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 23:25 Men with the highest testosterone levels were more assertive, took more control of the conversation with the women and generally were more successful with females./Google ImagesTHE male hormone has the power to shape a man's destiny. Attract Women A recent study at Wayne State University explored the outcome of two groups of men competing to win the attention of an attractive female. Researchers found that men with the highest testosterone levels in the study were more assertive, took more control of the conversation with the women and generally were more successful with females. Live Longer Studies show that lower testosterone levels may place you at a greater risk of death. Low T has also been linked to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Some studies have found that men with normal testosterone levels are less likely to suffer from heart disease than men with low T. It can improve men's happiness./Men's Health Stay Sharp Dutch researchers studying 400 men between the ages of 40 and 80 found a correlation between high testosterone levels in men aged 70 to 80 and greater cognitive function. See the article here: What More T Can Do … Read more »

Testosterone Study In Male Birds Offers Insight In Human Behaviors


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

December 30, 2013 Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Your Universe Online Adding a little testosterone to a male canarys brain influences the birds ability to successfully attract a mate through birdsong. Male canaries use their song to win over a female canary as a mate. The quality and frequency of the songs change along with the seasons. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that adding testosterone into select areas of a males brain enhances song activity. The studys findings could help provide more insight into how testosterone acts in the human brain to regulate speech or help explain how anabolic steroids affect human behaviors. The team divided 20 canaries into two groups to receive a hormone implant, with one group receiving a testosterone injection in the medial pre-optic nucleus (POM) and the other receiving an injection that acted throughout the brain. The scientists artificially replicated a springtime environment to study the birdsong and mating habits that occur during mating season. The birds responded to the conditions with birdsong and mating behaviors as they normally would during this season. Researchers discovered that when a male canary received testosterone in a … Read more »

Testosterone ruled in My Paper Executive


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

The winners of the contest (from left): Richard Que, first runner up; Alvin Yeo, winner; Nabil Mattar, second runner up. By Joy Fang My Paper Monday, May 06, 2013 It was a man's world at the sixth My Paper Executive competition last Friday, with the top three places snagged by the men for the first time in the contest's history. Winner Alvin Yeo, 29, a public- relations consultant at Strategic Public Relations Group, beat 15 other finalists to nab the grand prize of $10,000 and the title of Singapore's savviest executive. The three-hour showdown was held at The Cube in Asia Square. Mr Richard Que, 30, assistant brand manager of Procter & Gamble, clinched the second prize of $5,000, while Mr Nabil Mattar, 31, a foreign-exchange specialist at GFT Global Markets Asia, took home the third prize of $3,000. However, the girls did not fare too badly. Ms Rebecca Sit, 30, assistant manager of corporate communications and events management at Singapore Academy of Law, and Ms Yinmei Ho, 30, a business consultant at PwC Singapore, had scored well and made it to the top six. But judges and sponsors My Paper spoke to said the men had an edge over … Read more »

Testosterone deficiency may be striking early


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

Women aren't the only ones at the mercy of hormonal fluctuations. Now men, in the age group of early 30s and 40s, are grumpy, tired, sleepless and lacking libido because of low levels of testosterone the male hormone. Though no official statistics are available, many endocrinologists are reporting an increasing incidence among younger men. Dipping testosterone threw Vipul Khanna's work and family life out of gear two years ago. "I had problems like tiredness, insomnia and low libido. I even had difficulty in concentrating and remembering things," says Khanna, now 38. Diagnostic tests revealed that his testosterone level had plunged down to below 200; normal range is 400-450. "Immediately, he was put on testosterone shots, to be taken once in 21 days in addition to a B12 supplement, as he was also deficient in this vitamin," says Dr Deepak Chaturvedi, his endocrinologist based in Mumbai. Gradually, his levels became normal. Like Khanna, 32-year-old Nishant Srivastava from Allahabad is being treated for low testosterone. He suffers from obesity and type 2 diabetes risk factors for low testosterone. "He was prescribed T gel and now his symptoms have eased," says Dr Suneet Jha of Max hospital, Delhi, who says the number of … Read more »

What is testosterone?


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

FEATURE Testosterone is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) in men and it is needed for normal reproductive and sexual function. It is important for the physical changes that happen during male puberty, such as development of the penis and testes, and for the features typical of adult men such as facial and body hair. Testosterone also acts on cells in the testes to make sperm. It is also important for overall good health. It helps the growth of bones and muscles, and it affects mood, libido (sex drive) and certain aspects of mental ability. How is testosterone production controlled? The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain, controls the production of male hormones and sperm. Luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are the two important messenger hormones made by the pituitary gland that act on the testes. LH is needed for the Leydig cells in the testes to make testosterone. What is androgen (or testosterone) deficiency? Androgen, or testosterone, deficiency is when the body is not able to make enough testosterone for the body to function normally. Although not a lifethreatening problem, androgen deficiency can affect your quality of life. Original … Read more »

The Modern Female Eunuch


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

Historically, low levels of testosterone seemed to make eunuchs ideal negotiators. Their highly specialized and respected roles are now being filled by women. Qing Dynasty Imperial Dowager Empress of China with palace eunuchs [Wikimedia Commons] Germaine Greer's 1970 feminist screed The Female Eunuch gave eunuchs a bad name. Applying the term for castrated males to women's political and social disempowerment, Greer overlooked the fact that actual eunuchs -- and other men with low testosterone -- have occupied some of the most powerful positions in government and the military throughout history. Only a few countries, and a handful of U.S. states, continue the practice -- long considered barbaric -- of actually castrating males. Even then it is voluntary. Today the term "emasculate" is typically used to imply political impotence rather than literally severed or nonfunctional testicles. Since eunuchs are without functional testicles, they are both sterile and deprived of the testosterone that promotes male characteristics. Although Greer negatively equated women's disenfranchisement with castration, it is ironic that women, more than ever, fill roles historically and exclusively held by eunuchs. In fact, eunuchs ran the show in many settings and for a long a time. Historically, males were castrated before puberty to … Read more »

Your Life on Testosterone: Overly Sure of Yourself, Unwilling to Listen


Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on November 25th, 2018

The hormone makes people more egocentric and dramatically reduces cooperation between people, according to a new study of females. YuriyZhuravov/Shutterstock A study testing the effect of testosterone has found that it dramatically lowers cooperation between individuals, making people more egocentric. In this study, people performed their task more poorly under the influence of testosterone. It didn't affect their individual performance, but the lack of cooperation it caused resulted in partners making the wrong choice more frequently than they did when not under the influence of testosterone. Oh, and by the way, all the subjects were women. Self-centered, unwilling to listen, and overly sure of yourself. This is your life on testosterone, even if you are female. The study was of 17 pairs of women who had never met before. Each pair participated in two sessions held three to seven days apart. In one session, both women were given an oral testosterone supplement (80 mg of testosterone undecanoate) six to seven hours before the session. For the other session, neither woman received testosterone. Each session consisted of 192 trials. In each trial, the women sat at separate computer screens and were shown the same two sets of images. Each set contained … Read more »