Alternatives to Testosterone Therapy
As men age, their testosterone levels decrease. Certain health problems can also cause testosterone levels to drop, including type 2 diabetes, kidney problems, sleep apnea, obesity, and more. Low testosterone can also cause many problems of its own, including impaired sleep, reduced energy levels, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, and more.
A large industry of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter products has sprung up in recent decades to combat this common problem. Unfortunately, testosterone replacement therapy isn’t without side effects of its own. The biggest risk that men who take supplemental testosterone face is heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis—all of which can lead to death.
Thankfully, it’s possible to improve testosterone levels without resorting to medications, pills, patches, or gels. These methods include:
- Losing weight—Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to have lower testosterone levels than men who have healthy BMIs.
- Exercising—Physical activity, especially strength training, can signal the body to naturally produce more testosterone.
- Sleeping more—Many Americans are sleep-deprived due to the demands of work, family, and stress. Meditation, reduced screen time, and treatment for sleep apnea can help you sleep better at night.
- Improving your diet—Simply losing weight isn’t always enough to improve your overall health, including your T levels. It’s also important to eat a balanced diet that includes a healthy ratio of protein, fat, and carbs.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers believe that when pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications can be replaced with lifestyle changes, people should always choose that path whenever possible. But when medications can’t be avoided and they cause injuries, it’s our job to help victims get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.