Testosterone therapy (TT) benefits many people, but for some it isn’t safe. In all cases, the safety of TT depends on the individual’s medical need.
Doctors can prescribe treatment for young boys with hormone deficiencies, simply altering the dosage relevant to their respective age range and testosterone level. This means that, as long as the individual medically qualifies for treatment, age isn’t necessarily an impediment for TT as some might think.
One huge demographic of individuals that delve into the realm of illicit testosterone use is athletes. This group is one that probably needs a boost of testosterone less than any other user. Their physical activity is high and, generally, their waistline circumference/belly fat percentage is low. Athletes think that injecting testosterone will boost their performance, making them perform at a higher caliber than if they were not using testosterone. However, it has been proven that testosterone does not enhance physical performance in this way, making athlete-usage of the hormone both unsafe and unfounded in logic.
Similarly, professional bodybuilders have illicitly used testosterone injections for their own gain. Testosterone increases muscle mass, which is exactly what bodybuilders train to do. Each individual’s genetic code comes with their maximum potential for growth. Body builders achieve this maximum, natural potential and exceed it using steroids, or testosterone. This can be dangerous because the body learns to rely on the injection, declining its own production of the hormone.
Individuals that don’t need to testosterone to continue functioning and/or developing in a healthy way set themselves up for failure. Having testosterone counts that are too high causes issues like:
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Liver disease
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Stunted growth
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Mood swings
- Prostate enlargement