issues that have nothing to do with
aging. Take erectile dysfunction. “It
could be the first indication of some
kind of disease,” Keegan says. “A
good chunk of men with this issue
have a significant underlying cause
such as diabetes or high cholesterol.”
That’s different from what the
burgeoning low T market suggests.
Heaps of low T products make it
seem as if popping a pill, taking an
injection or slathering on a gel are
easy remedies to conditions such as
muscle loss and decreased libido.
But “naturally managing the average
guy who’s feeling a little less frisky
than before is far superior to medical
methods,” affirms Keegan. “We look
at diet, the way someone is sleeping,
help them identify issues with their
partner, build an achievable model
of physical activity; basically show
them the holistic way to go. Or
there’s option b: switching to massive
supplementation of hormones that
we don’t have any long-term studies
on safety or efficacy.”
Low T is still a valid concern.
But the key is to rule out
other potential factors first,
and consider a natural
approach before jumping
to a hormone boost, which
requires continued treatment
to maintain desired results.
“The number one therapy
is really good exercise,” says
Keegan. “It has to be five to
seven days of exercise to
make cardiovascular gains,
build muscle and stamina,
and natural testosterone starts
building. What it comes down to is
that if it’s worth it, you have to work
for it. There is no quick fix.”
Bottom line: “Do an honest
appraisal of yourself,” recommends
Keegan. If you think you might
the cause nor the treatment is
obvious. So talk to your doctor.
— Colleen Seto
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