High testosterone is known for causing muscle mass and strength gains, but the effects on the body are not immediate. Some research indicates that increased testosterone levels may need to be present for a few weeks before they start to result in noticeable changes.
In other words, you may see more gains in strength and muscle mass, but it will take time for things to start to happen.
How is high testosterone treated?
Treatment of high testosterone usually consists of a combination of drug treatments and lifestyle changes.
Let’s look at each of these in a bit more detail.
Drug treatments for high testosterone typically involve the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This type of therapy has been around for decades and is the standard of care for men who have low testosterone levels. Most men who have high testosterone levels will receive TRT to bring their levels back to what they should be.
The most common drug treatment for high testosterone is the combination of the following:
- Testosterone cypionate (Dianabol)
- Testosterone enanthate (Enanthate)
- Testosterone cypionate and testosterone cypionate (Dosering)
These drugs are taken orally in the form of a pill or as a supplement. It’s important to note that all of these drugs must be taken consistently to be effective.
Along with medication, your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes. This will likely include:
- Regular exercise.
- Weight loss.
- Dietary changes.
Lifestyle changes may be enough to address symptoms of low testosterone, but they will likely not produce enough testosterone to reach the desired levels.
Lifestyle changes to help treat high testosterone
This section will discuss some of the lifestyle changes that you may need to make to manage your high testosterone levels.
Diet plays a key role in how the body uses androgens. Some foods contain natural androgens, and some do not.
It’s likely that, with high testosterone levels, you’ll want to increase the amount of foods that are rich in androgens. Examples include:
- Egg yolks.
However, increasing your intake of foods that contain natural androgens may not be enough to manage your symptoms.
Diet is also important for maintaining a healthy body weight. You may need to lose some weight to help bring your testosterone levels back to what they should be.
Lifestyle changes will also help to address any physical symptoms that you may be having. Examples include:
- Improving your hydration.
- Improving your sleep quality.
- Improving your exercise routine.
Testosterone replacement therapy
You may be a candidate for TRT if you have low testosterone levels. TRT is a treatment that involves using medication to increase your testosterone levels.
TRT is typically given in pill form. It’s important to take the medication consistently to be effective.
How to improve?
Testosterone replacement therapy can be a great solution for men with low testosterone. However, it’s important to remember that this is just a short-term solution.
As long as you have symptoms, it’s likely that you’ll want to have a conversation with your doctor about next steps.
In general, TRT will only be effective in helping to bring your testosterone levels back to a normal range, which may take a few months to a few years. So, it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor to set up a time frame that is right for you.
Can supplements help?
If you have low testosterone levels, you may be a candidate for TRT. However, some men may not be able to take TRT because of potential side effects.
If you’re not able to take TRT, or if you want to try TRT but are concerned about possible side effects, you may want to consider taking a supplement.
Testosterone supplements may help to bring your testosterone levels back to a normal range. However, it’s important to remember that this is just a short-term solution.
Can lifestyle changes help?
If you’re not able to take TRT, or you want to try TRT but are concerned about possible side effects, you may want to consider trying lifestyle changes.
You may want to try working out more and eating more healthy foods. These changes may help to bring your testosterone levels back to a normal range, but they won’t actually do anything to help your symptoms.
Other symptoms of high testosterone
High testosterone can also have other effects on your body, such as:
- Body composition changes.
- Changes in sex drive.
- Weight gain.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Heart disease.
- Higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Higher risk of developing breast cancer.
- Lower bone density.
- Sleep problems.
- Low energy levels.
- Lower production of red blood cells.
- Higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
- High cholesterol.
- Increased risk of high blood pressure.
- Increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Increased risk of developing breast cancer.
When to see a doctor?
High testosterone levels can be a long-term issue, and it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about next steps.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms of low testosterone, such as:
- Low sex drive
- Low energy levels
- Sleep problems
You should also see your doctor if you have any of the following:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
Your doctor can help to address any symptoms that you may have and help you to set up a time frame that’s right for you.
Your doctor can also help you to understand how to manage your symptoms and how to prevent them in the future.
Out of the 3,000 people who have this issue, only about 50 men actually seek out help.
There are several reasons why this may be the case. One reason is that many men don’t know that they have this issue. The other reasons include:
- Men may think that the symptoms aren’t serious enough to see a doctor.
- Men may not be willing to consider the potential long-term effects that high testosterone levels can have on their health.
If you’re still experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, you should see your doctor. They can provide the treatment that you need to boost your testosterone levels back to normal.
The goal of TRT is to increase testosterone levels.
TRT is typically a long-term treatment, and it’s typically given in pill form. It can take four to six months to see results.
The first step in taking TRT is to undergo a diagnostic process. This process involves your doctor taking a blood test and discussing your symptoms.
The next step is to get a diagnosis from your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms to see if TRT is appropriate for you.
During the next step, you may be prescribed a TRT medication. They may also prescribe testosterone therapy in pill form.
Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, you will likely be taking this medication for two to three months.
In some cases, it may be necessary to take a dose increase. This is usually done when your doctor determines that you have an insufficient level of testosterone.
If you’re taking TRT and you have symptoms of low testosterone, talk with your doctor about next steps. They can help you to set up a treatment plan that meets your needs.
This plan may include:
- Addressing any other health issues that might be contributing to your low testosterone levels.
- Determining which testosterone therapy medication is the best option for you.
- Determining whether you can take TRT in pill form.
- Determining whether you need to take a dose increase.
If your doctor determines that you can take TRT in pill form, you will likely start taking this medication once a week.
If you’re taking TRT in pill form, you can take it at any time of day.
If you’re taking TRT in a cream, patch, or skin gel form, you should apply this medication to your skin once a day.
After about four months, your doctor will likely evaluate your results.
They will likely request that you come in for another evaluation. This is usually done to make sure that your TRT treatment is working properly.
If your results are still not satisfactory, you may need to switch to another testosterone therapy medication.
The benefits of TRT
There are several benefits to TRT.
One benefit is that it can:
- Increase your desire to have sex.
- Improve your sex drive.
- Improve your health.
- Increase your energy levels.
The key is to not have a negative reaction to taking TRT. This is why it’s so important to be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
If you have a negative reaction, you may want to explore other options for your testosterone levels.
The risks of TRT
There are some risks that you should be aware of when taking TRT.
The risk of developing low testosterone levels is higher with TRT than it is with other testosterone replacement options.
Low testosterone levels can also have other effects on your body. These can include:
- An increase in the appearance of fat under your skin.
- An increase in your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Decreased bone density.
- An increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- A decrease in your muscle mass.
- Increased risk of certain cancers.
You should get a full evaluation before you start TRT.
Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns about the benefits and risks of TRT. They can help you to make a decision that meets your needs.
What is the outlook?
High testosterone can be a symptom of a number of conditions, including:
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia.
- Low T syndrome.
- Polycystic ovaries and other hormonal disorders.
- Testicular tumors.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Prostate cancer.
Since high testosterone levels are a symptom of many different conditions, it’s important to see your doctor for a diagnosis.
Sometimes, treatment for high testosterone is simply to manage these symptoms. However, if you’re able to bring your testosterone levels back to a normal range, you may be able to get the benefits that you want from TRT.
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