Men: Clearing Up the Confusion about Low T and Your Heart

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 2, 2015

  • The problem with synthetic testosterone replacement therapy
  • Naturally boost your T to avoid these health problems
  • 3 ways to kick testosterone production into high gear

Over the past couple of years, there have been plenty of headlines linking testosterone replacement therapy to cardiovascular problems. Now, a new study has caused the headlines to change their tune. Suddenly, everyone is talking about how this type of therapy can help decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke.

With conflicting messages like these, it’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t.

Well, I’ll just say this: I don’t recommend synthetic hormone replacement therapy for anyone. It can trigger prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. It may also increase blood clotting which, in turn, raises your risk of stroke and heart attack.

That being said, I have absolutely no hesitation when it comes to naturally boosting your testosterone levels. In fact, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

You see, by the time we men hit our 30s, our testosterone levels begin a long, downhill slide. Our levels start falling by one to two percent a year. In fact, you could be feeling some of the symptoms already. This may be true if…

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  • Desire and libido are flagging.
  • Muscles are shrinking, and unwanted fat is gaining ground.
  • Drive and ambition seem to have flown the coop.
  • You may be restless, moody and dissatisfied with your life.

Now, these are some pretty life-altering changes. But low testosterone (T) can also produce some serious physiological changes that can be life threatening. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that accompany dwindling levels of T. Then, I’ll show you how you can boost your levels back to par.

When push comes to shove, we all want to live life to the max and make it last as long as possible. But if you have low T, chances are pretty slim you will be able to do either.

That’s because it’s not just your bedroom performance that’s under fire. The fact is, low levels of testosterone can have a serious impact on your overall health. Some of the problems include…

Increased risk of heart disease. Men with low T typically have higher LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure than men in normal testosterone ranges. This, of course, increases the development of arterial plaque. When these factors are combined, it substantially increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.

A higher danger of type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Men with low testosterone levels are about three times more likely to have metabolic syndrome – a form of pre-diabetes. And more than half of all men with diabetes have reduced levels of T. If you keep up on my Advanced Natural Wellness issues, you know that diabetes also raises your risk of heart disease.

A greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In recent years, we’ve discovered testosterone levels are linked to Alzheimer’s. Low T often appear 5 to 10 years prior to diagnosis of this mind-robbing disease. It’s even been suggested amounts of free testosterone can be used as a predictor of Alzheimer’s.

Weaker bones. Men with lower levels of free testosterone are more likely to have osteoporosis. They also have more osteoporosis-related fractures than men with healthy levels of T. However, boosting testosterone levels helps improve bone mineralization for stronger bones.

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These are big concerns, which is why I’m going to give you some monster testosterone-boosting tips today. At the same time, you’ll be protecting your heart, brain, bones – and even your life.

Now, I don’t want to turn this into a science project, so I’ll keep it real simple.

First, men have a special hormone called luteinizing hormone, or LH. It produces testosterone when it binds with special (Leydig) cells in your testes. The more LH you have stimulating the testes, the more testosterone your testes make. And I’ve discovered a “secret” nutrient that can really kick things this action into high gear.

It’s a powerful amino acid called D-Aspartate. This amazing nutrient works in the central region of your brain to release LH. But it doesn’t just release a little bit. In just 12 days, it can increase LH by about a third.

But, it doesn’t stop there. That increase in LH also causes testosterone levels to skyrocket by a whopping 42%! This is an enormous rise in testosterone in a short period of time. It literally “flips a switch” that gets your male equipment to pump way more testosterone into your body. All it takes is 3,000 of D-Aspartate daily.

Next, it’s important to make sure that extra testosterone is “free” to circulate through your body. This “free testosterone” is the most active form of testosterone. Unfortunately it only makes up a very small percentage of the testosterone in your body. The rest of it is bound to something called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) along with other proteins.

There are a couple of ways to reduce SHBG and free up more testosterone. One of them is to supplement with vitamin D3 each day.

Men who have normal levels of vitamin D have much higher levels of testosterone. They also have lower levels of SHBG. I prefer supplements that contain the cholecalciferol form of D3. 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily should do the trick. However, if you’ve had your levels tested and find you are deficient, you may need up to 5,000 IU a day.

Tongkat ali is another supplement that can inhibit SHBG to allow for more free testosterone. It also appears that tongkat stimulates the Leydig cells to produce more testosterone then they normally would. That makes it a pretty powerful herb when it comes to restoring your manhood. All it takes is 100 mg. daily.


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