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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Testosterone's Benefits

According to a recent article in Bottom Line Personal (9/1/12), testosterone can help both women and men live longer and more fulfilling lives. Studies have found that a testosterone deficiency in men (estimated to be 40% of men 45 years and older) can lead to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and depression. Ways that people can increase their testosterone levels by losing weight, reducing stress, getting eight hours of sleep, weight training, and eating healthy. You can also increase your testosterone levels with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), of which their are four types: gels, injections, pellets (surgically inserted), and creams.

But wait a minute. Isn't that cheating? Isn't taking a drug (because that's what testosterone is) to improve performance (because that's what TRT does) considered cheating? Or are ordinary folks such as ourselves exempt from the rules that we hold professional athletes to?

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