Last week I talked about the biggest lie of them all regarding testosterone optimization. That lie is that you can increase your testosterone with some magic supplement that’s going to erase and counteract a whole lifestyle that decreases testosterone.
There are no miracles, no silver bullets, put your money away, most of those testosterone boosters just don’t work. They are predators and our insecurities regarding testosterone are the preys.
As stated in the testosterone book, usually, low testosterone is a sum of subtle causes. In order to counter that, our fight must be global.
It has to be a way of life, that the only way of getting results that will be sustainable in the long term, without using extraneous substances as crutches.
So this week I would kike to talk more about myths and lies regarding testosterone because there are plenty of them and these are some of the most damaging and annoying.
- 1 Myth number 1. Testosterone will make you aggressive
- 2 Myth number 2. Testosterone will give you a heart attack
- 3 Myth number 3. Testosterone will make you a cheating liar
- 4 Myth number 4. Testosterone will give you cancer (testosterone cancer, that is)
- 5 Myth number 5. Testosterone will kill you faster
Myth number 1. Testosterone will make you aggressive
Testosterone has had a bad rap, being related to acting like a caveman, aggression, and dumbness, and I won’t deny that a surge of testosterone, especially when it’s triggered by the presence of a beautiful woman or whatever puts you on (yes, that happens), your speaking will be impaired (there you have your excuse), but you won’t be more aggressive in any bad way. Nothing can be more wrong, believe me. In a study of the University of Zurich in 2009, the conclusion was that not only high testosterone was not related to more aggression (on the contrary, it relates to more cooperation with others in order to achieve a common goal), but low testosterone was to blame for a bad mood.
Think about your typical grumpy old man, he has a bad temper, armpit trousers, and crappy mood. One of the main reasons for that (trousers included) is his low testosterone.
Because of aging and, above all, bad lifestyle, the hormone is retreating like the French army and well, testosterone helps to be focused and to control mood.
It’s one of the main keys to the masculine force, the trait that encourages us to achieve things, get the girl, tackle life goals and watch wrestling. You will take more chances and risks, but you won’t be an uncontrolled beast, hitting everything in sight. On the contrary.
High levels of testosterone relate with mood control.
Myth number 2. Testosterone will give you a heart attack
Again, on the contrary, because after years of claiming that men suffered more heart attacks than women due to higher levels of the hormone, when they tested the assumption, it could be not more wrong.
In fact, high testosterone is cardio-protective.
You know, that wrong hypothesis about testosterone and cardiac problems was simply a conclusion based on mere observational assumptions. Because more men that women died from heart attack, it had to be because of higher levels of testosterone, the big differentiating factor between men and women.
But it was wrong, in fact, lowered testosterone in advanced age can be a cause.
Myth number 3. Testosterone will make you a cheating liar
More testosterone, more aggression, deceit and achieving goals by any means necessary, including lying through your teeth.
Again, wrong, more testosterone does not induce lying and antisocial behavior. On the contrary, as shown in this study, testosterone promotes prosocial behavior and, in fact, when they administered testosterone to the subjects of this study, they lied less.
Again, testosterone makes you a real Alfa man. One that does not need to yell, hit or lie in order to get what they want. They are calm, cool and collected, as a real Alfa must be.
Myth number 4. Testosterone will give you cancer (testosterone cancer, that is)
Men have the scourge of prostate growing with age, many times developing a slow growing cancer. And, no one knows why testosterone was associated with this type of cancer.
Jason Michaud and others, in their study: Testosterone and prostate cancer: an evidence-based review of pathogenesis and oncologic risk, concluded that:
“TRT in select prostate cancer patients is likely safe”. Administering testosterone through testosterone replacement therapy did not make the situation worse. So there doesn’t seem to be a relationship.
Myth number 5. Testosterone will kill you faster
Nope, in fact, it likely will make you live longer.
Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, who has been researching testosterone for 40 years and is an expert in testosterone replacement therapy (several thousands of men have been treated by him), concluded that testosterone reduces the risk of death from all causes by 50%.
So there is that. Testosterone has had a lousy fame, full of myths and lies, but no more. It’s the key to longer, better, fuller life, and you can increase testosterone naturally if you follow the testosterone book.