It turns out that most men would rather do household chores (72 percent) or go shopping with their wives or significant others (77 percent) than go to the doctor for a physical. To give you more perspective, one thing men like even less than going to the doctor is going on a blind date (65 percent said they would pick going to the doctor). Go figure!
We’re all familiar with the role that testosterone (T, for short), plays in a man’s physical development and the ongoing functioning of his body once he reaches adulthood. These include well-known and typically “manly man” attributes such as muscles; secondary sex characteristics such as pubic and facial hair; the Adam’s apple; a deeper voice than a woman’s; aggressiveness; and sexual function. T also helps maintain strong bones, keeps physical energy levels high and may improve mood.
If you are a woman trying to get pregnant and are reading online about fertility, you have likely come across several articles about progesterone.
You may have heard about the recent case of a famous athlete who was found unconscious after taking excessive amounts of sex-enhancing herbal supplements. Even though we may never know the whole story, we know there are inherent risks with excess use of stimulants, even if they are “herbal.” There are also risks of possible drug interactions, supplements being laced with undeclared sexual enhancers like Viagra- and Cialis-like substances, and possible contamination with unhealthy ingredients.
Testosterone is big business. Testosterone prescription drugs raked in over 2.4 billion dollars in revenue in the U.S. in 2013, and sales are projected to reach 3.8 billion by 2018. Where there is hype, there are also many people giving it a try without necessarily knowing all the facts. Testosterone, often referred to simply as “T,” can do a lot of good, especially for middle-aged males with declining hormone levels. However, they may be out of place, or frankly illegal, for those who are just trying to get an edge, such taking high doses of T to enhance your sports performance.
Many middle-aged men consider taking testosterone – or simply T – when they want to turn back their biological clocks to recapture the feeling of youthfulness that comes with increased muscle strength, libido, exercise tolerance, and stamina. Testosterone has become increasingly popular in the last decade. Doctors wrote more than 5.3 million prescriptions for testosterone therapy in 2011 alone – that’s five times as many as in 2000, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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