After age 30, testosterone levels dip about 1 percent each year.
As internal stores of that hormone decline, men can experience a loss of muscle mass and strength, depression, lethargy and a waning interest in sex.
While supplements can boost a man's energy and get his sexual enthusiasm back to normal, the problem is many men's testosterone use isn't monitored by a physician.
Sabanegh has treated patients who show up suffering the side effects from hormone dosing.
Last year, he decided to try his first over-the-counter testosterone supplement, 2TX, simply because he had reached age 60.
(He’s never had his testosterone count checked by a physician, he said.) “At the gym, when I did a squat (press) or a bench press, I went up 10 pounds. And that was just after like two days of being on it,” Nobel said.
Edmund Sabanegh, chair of the urology department at the Cleveland Clinic.
But the quick medical fix many seek for nagging male ills that come as naturally as receding hairlines also can bring on side effects including blood clots and infertility.One testosterone user who has not suffered any such symptoms is Dan Nobel, 61, a nutrition store owner in St. In fact, the only changes he has noticed, he said, are a happier lifestyle and strength improvements.A competitive bodybuilder, Nobel routinely scrutinizes his meals and his weight, 165 pounds.“And when that’s the situation, we just talk about making lifestyle changes, taking a few pounds off, getting on a regular exercise program, improving their diets,” Sabanegh added.“Those sorts of things can, in many patients, give them the kind of effect they were hoping for in the testosterone.” For Sabanegh to place a patient on testosterone therapy, he said the man must exhibit the saggy-draggy clinical symptoms of low testosterone.So you’ve seen the results of the Elle/Sex and Beauty Survey and you’ve learned that women spend 2.2 hours more per week working on their appearance than men do, and that women are more freaked out by the thought of sex if they don’t feel confident about the state of their “nether regions.” This sure reinforces the view of men as the gender more willing to have sex no matter what we look or smell like. An old girlfriend of mine once thanked me for smelling good.