Testosterone Boosters – Good or Bad?
With the recent news headlines regarding renowned sports figures Oscar Pistorius (the blade runner) and Lance Armstrong, you would think people would question the use of illegal steroid hormones and hormone boosters (substances that artificially boost your body’s production of that hormone). Armstrong used a potent cocktail of hormones, hormone boosters, and blood, while vials of testosterone boosters and syringes were found in Pistorius’ home.
Testosterone boosters are also being marketing to all men over 50 who might be suffering from “low T”, or lower testosterone levels, which is a natural part of the aging process. Symptoms of low testosterone include depression, mental fogginess, anxiety, loss of muscle tone, weight gain, lack of interest in sex, and less facial hair.
Hormone replacement therapy for most men is relatively new concept, and is not a decision to take lightly. Hormones have side effects, and testosterone especially can lead to muscle hypertrophy, bad mood swings, anger, and violent behavior. Sometimes diet changes and exercise are all that is needed to balance you out.
Taking hormone replacement for athletic size and performance enhancement is illegal and dangerous. Even if you decide to use over the counter hormone precursors, have your hormone levels tested and discuss your plans and concerns with your doctor.