Decreasing Testosterone Level- How can I improve it?

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    May 24, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    Okay, I am a 55 year old, gay male. Am working to get back in shape. Have lost 87 lbs, and have 53 more to go... But am finding, as many do with aging that my testosterone level is decreasing.

    Anyone know any natural ways to help boost that level up there? Have heard of some protein shakes, etc... but haven't got the recipes. Any help Open to it all.
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    May 24, 2010 11:59 AM GMT
    Hey I'm 42 and have been battling the same problem for two years. There are a lot of supplements out there, but the only one with any actual background would be DHEA. The science behind that one however varies as far as dosage goes. I currently take about 20 mg daily. Also stay away from any soy as this has been proven to lower testosterone. Even the Silk soy company wrote me on that. Diet such as nuts, legumes, and also long bone exercises such as squats will also stimulate testosterone. In the end however, you may have to start either the gel, or the shot depending on your physician or insurance. I would be happy to email the information I currently have if you want.
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    May 24, 2010 12:34 PM GMT
    The best thing to do is go and talk with an Endocrinologist...he will order a full blood test, and go over the results with you...If indeed your levels are low then you can discuss what is the best course of action. Low testosterone can be replaced by using a daily skin gel, patches worn on the skin, orally disintegrating tablets, or injections.

    As we get older our testosterone levels diminish, and replacement therapy is a viable solution. However, there are drawbacks...when using testosterone replacement therapy your body will see that it no longer needs to produce it, thus your testes will stop producing...your testes will atrophy, and shrink.

    So, my suggestion to you is to talk to your doctor, and discuss the pros and cons of testosterone replacement therapy.

    In most cases your insurance will cover this type of treatment, but it is wise to double check.

    Good luck!!
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    May 24, 2010 1:01 PM GMT
    diets high in monosaturated fats can increase testosterone. Eats lots of peanut butter, olive oil, and nuts.
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    May 24, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    Congrad on losing the weight.....good for you and keep going

    The advise 40PPS gave you is excellent the only thing I would add is spend time and effort to find a really good endocrinologist. I view Physicians like any other support staff professional they need to know their stuff be current and be able to assess your current situation correctly. That is no easy task.

    It is your body learn how it works and what happens as you age. Loss is inevitable as we age and you have little control. However the rate of loss maybe slowed and that's what you are doing now.

    Replacement therapies on any part of the body can be tricky and again as 40PPS said you really need to understand the pros and cons and where you are at this time in your life.