I’ve said it once. I’ve said it again. I’ll keep saying it ‘til I’m blue in the face.
Leaning towards more natural approaches is less risky.
A new study comes out saying that TRT or testosterone replacement therapy is linked to 21% more heart attacks, strokes and TIA’s (transient ischemic attacks).
This was found in a group of 15,401 men. And it was most notable in the first six months to two years of use, in men 45-59 years old.
TRT is becoming significantly more popular. Yet this study concluded, “In the absence of identifiable causes of hypogonadism, TRT should be initiated with caution among aging men with low testosterone levels.”
Here’s my thoughts…
People confound science with anything technological (meaning just because some medical intervention is technically advanced does not necessarily mean it is healthy to do).
As Nassim Taleb calls them the “Interventionistas,” who always want to intervene, to do something. It’s rampant in Western medicine.
But many times, even if there are short term benefits, the long-term effects may be worse.
I take a natural and holistic approach to health, including hormones. So I never plan on doing something like TRT.
(That doesn’t mean I’m saying that no one should do it, or it should be stopped as an offering. There are some cases in which it is helpful.)
…but know this, longer-term and subtle side effects are hard to see when something new is introduced.
In systems theory, this is called “Fixes that Fail.”
Take the case of another medical intervention, antibiotics. They’re great. Saved many lives. In fact, they were so good we over-used them and now there’s antibiotic resistance that is getting worse and worse. Short term benefits traded off for longer-term, possibly worse effects.
Or birth! The USA has the most technically advanced methods…aka we over-intervene. And infant death is higher here than pretty much any other industrial country because of it.
Sometimes you’re best off to do nothing.
Other times you do need to do something…but you can work with things that have stood the test of time.
Anything natural (and trust me I know that is a fuzzy and abused word) has been around for a long time. Thousands of years of testing. At least hundreds.
That’s what I lay out in Upgrade Your Testosterone.
It’s focused on testosterone and the other hormones of course. But what is it at heart? A healthy and natural living plan. Because doing so will lead to better hormone health. Period.
Ultimately the choice is yours.
I’m just making a case for why the drawbacks of the predominant worldview are not often discussed, why I do what I personally do and allow you to follow suit if you so choose.