It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon.
But not here.
I feel lucky: lucky that Don’t Ask Your Doctor About Low T (a dramatic title, meant to point out that men don’t have to medicalize aging and have the power to change their health and their T without their doctor, and more safely too) has been and is still being so widely shared, with over 330 comments in the first 18 hours, thousands of tweets and RTs, and more.
Lucky that the New York Times Editorial Board adopted a similar position the following day.
Lucky that the firestorm that followed during the week, as NPR, Forbes, Fox News and many more picked up on both pieces, raised the level of dialogue to kitchen table and cocktail (no pun intended; oh, all right) conversation.
Lucky that the Op-Ed, together with 3 less than perfect but still worrisome empiric studies, seems to have incited a national debate, at least in some corners.
Do men really need extra, applied testosterone to look and feel their best, or can and should they start to eat better, work out better, sleep better, handle stress better to do so? And what are the effects on women and children about which all should be wary?
Lucky to have heard from so many friends and colleagues who share the same concerns about the marketing of these drugs, about the overprocessing of our food, about the gender-bending chemicals in synthetic artificial chemicals, especially plastics, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides.
Lucky that so many more men are now asking their doctors about whether the drugs are safe and whether they can try an alternative approach to solving their medical problems and controlling chronic conditions.
High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, gout and lower back pain all respond very well– in men and in women– to dietary and lifestyle changes. My own patients often begin to see results within a few weeks, and if they are overweight, they see results within days. Food can begin to work within seconds on your arteries and your brain and your hormones.
This next week will likely be a little slower (I don’t know how it could be *more* intense or faster). But I am going to work just as hard to get the word out, and I would love to have your help: email or contact me if you have a platform to convey this message.
- Men don’t diet, men Refuel.
- Obese men can boost their own testosterone–by 15% if they lose 17#–with what they eat, and how they live.
- Prescription testosterone is not the answer for most men (or their partners or children).
- Food is fuel, so know your most important numbers: waist, blood pressure, blood sugar, LDL and HDL cholesterol, and your CRP.