Testosterone for Life: Recharge Your Vitality, Sex Drive, Muscle Mass, and Overall Health
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"Dr. Morgentaler, an internationally recognized expert in sexual medicine and male hormones, shares his secrets for a healthy life." --Irwin Goldstein, M.D., Director of Sexual Medicine, Alvarado Hospital, San Diego, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Sexual Medicine
"A highly valuable resource. Finally debunks many of the myths about testosterone's safety, which has been an impediment to its appropriate usage for far too long." --David E. Greenberg, M.D., President, Canadian Society for the Study of the Aging Male
From a Harvard doctor and a leading expert on testosterone--the groundbreaking book that shows you how to raise your testosterone levels--and live your life to the fullest
Better sex. Increased vitality. More muscle. Improved health. Greater mental agility. These are just a few of the life-enhancing benefits that men with low levels of testosterone can experience when they increase their testosterone level. If you've noticed a decrease in your sex drive; experienced erectile dysfunction; or felt tired, depressed, and unmotivated, this authoritative, up-to-date guide from an expert at Harvard Medical School will help you determine if you have low testosterone--a surprisingly common but frequently undiagnosed condition among middle-aged men. Learn how to:
Recognize the symptoms of low testosterone
Diagnose the problem with simple tests
Find the treatment that's right for you
Explore options your doctor might not know about
Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity
Love it! I just purchased this product three days ago and I found it so intriguing that I managed to finish the book already. This is a bigger deal than it seems because I read very slowly. It truely changed the way I view the aging process and no longer fear it. Thanks Dr. Morgentaler!...more info
The best "T" book I have ever read I have been reading books on Low T and this is the best by far! It is clear and concise with real life examples you can relate to. Exactly what the doctor ordered. ...more info
Morgentaler does it again!!! I've read Dr, Morgentaler's previous two books (The Male Body and The Viagra Myth)and enjoyed them both. So I had pretty high standards for his third, Testosterone For Life. I was not disappointed. Dr. Morgentaler's writing style is clear and unpretentious and his mastery of the subject matter is awesome. The book was not too technical and was really easy to read. I would highly recommend this book to all men. It helps take the fear out of aging and replaces anxiety and confusion with facts and examples that readers will be able to relate to and act on. Great stuff, doc....more info
Absolutely Great Book As a prostate cancer survivor, I have read more than my share of books, medical journals, research reports, etc. but this book was the most enlightening. The author did an excellent job explaining everything in terms that we laymen can understand. This is the most up to date information on what has been a very misunderstood, and much maligned treatment option that could benefit a lot of men.
It is indeed gratifying to find that there are still some physicians out there that have the courage to tell others that the "emperor has no clothes" so to speak. Especially when what he has to say is the opposite of what all too many urologists have been led to believe.
Many men have symptoms of low testosterone, but are seldom if ever properly diagnosed, much less treated for it. If you suspect you may be one of them, this book will tell you all you need to know about this topic....more info
Excellent, Plain Spoken Review on Testosterone Therapy I think "Testosterone for Life" is the best book on this subject for laypeople seeking diagnosis and treatment. Clearly written and plain spoken, it's easy to overlook the fact that Dr. Morgenthaler is in fact a clinical professor involved in research as well as a practicing Urologist.
"Testosterone For Life" will give you succinct treatment advice and guidance that will help you get on the most optimal path of hormome therapy if you suffer from testosterone deficiency. If you only read one book on this subject - this is the one.
I've suffered from testosterone deficiency for four years, and have been through a variety of Physicians and treatments. Through trial and error, I was underdiagnosed and undertreated for the first two years of treatment. My current Physician's treatment plans and ongoing test assessments completely coincides with Dr. Morgenthaler recommendations. I feel pretty good now.
It took me two years to figure out how to understand my lab assessments, treatment plan options and how to discuss them with my Physician. You can figure it out in one day if you get this book!
What's important about this book for those seeking treatment, is the chapter on the measurement and assessment of testosterone levels. To summarize, many Physicians measure, diagnose and treat testosterone deficiency on the sole basis of one's "Total Testosterone" level. In practice, the measure of "Freely Available Testosterone" is also important in establishing an effective treatment plan and level of medication. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
The rest of the book is excellent as well. As mentioned by other reviewers, the chapters discussing hormone therapy and prostate cancer are thoughtful and present hormone therapy in a new light. Very interesting reading.
A past reference work for me was "The Testosterone Syndrome" by Eugene Shippen, MD. While still a fine book on this subject, it has not been updated in many years....more info
The couch speaks to me.. Insight into malaise for the 50+year old man. Good anecdotal and practical discussion with an optimistic view to the future.
A MUST READ BOOK I highly reccommend that every man in America read this book! Larry Zuccolotto Chairmain & CEO Giovane Medical Services Inc. ...more info
Thorough and user-friendly As a physician specializing in bioidentical hormones for women and men, I'm grateful that "Testosterone for Life" is now in print. Dr. Morgentaler does an exceptional job at creating a book the average man can use to learn about the important functions testosterone performs, symptoms of deficiency, and options for supplementation. I've been educating patients, physicians, and pharmacists for years about bioidentical testosterone and this book will be a great "nuts and bolts" primer for the lay person and healthcare professional....more info
Buy this book! This is the third book written by Dr. Morgentaler. He is a practicing Urologist in Boston, and the director of Men's Health Boston, as well as an academic researcher at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Morgentaler's books have a frankness and easey style making them readable and comprehensible to the average person. He is a true scientist in that all of his suggestions and clinical recommendations are based on true sceince and reesearch, not on inuendo or anectdotes. He outlines the syptoms of low testosterone and makes recommendations for improving one's overall quality of life. Take heed, read this book, find out if you need to have yourself tested and if you are a candidate for testosterone therapy....more info
A better perspective on testosterone. Dr. Morgentaler will ease any fears you have about supplementing with testosterone under a doctor's care. He explodes the myth that testosterone causes prostate cancer and suggests that it might actually be low testosterone that causes prostate cancer. There are a few people who should not supplement with testosterone but then I'd have to recreate the entire book to tell you who they are. Rather than having me recreate the entire book I'd suggest you read it yourself. It's an easy read (not too technical for the layman)and very informative....more info
The new top choice book for "regular guys" Hands down, this is the new top choice as a practical guide for testosterone for "regular men," not those looking to get pumped up. "The Testosterone Syndrome" used to fill that bill and is still informative, but this is the new top of the pile, being current (10 years newer), comprehensive, and readable.
Having also read this Harvard doctor's scientific publications (no, I'm not a friend of the author), it's clear he knows what he's talking about and is up on the new data that refutes old myths. Covers the newest FDA-approved form, steady-release pellets, along with gels. The Q&A sections are particularly helpful and true to life.
For more comparison of testosterone books, see my "Listmania" guide "Men's hormones for healthy aging, not bodybuilding or vanity." But as of February 2009, this is an obvious first choice....more info
Eye opener Read it before you talk to your Doctor because when I asked, before this book, my MD dismissed testosterone treatement as "unnecessary".
A Must Read for Men and Women Over 50, even over 40
Not just for men. Though low testosterone directly affects men more often than it affects women - and this book is directed primarily at men who suffer or who think they may suffer from low testosterone - the women in men's lives also benefit from reading this book.
Young men (men under 40, especially men 30 and under), rarely have problems with low testosterone.
However, by the time a man reaches 40, some men will have low total testosterone or low bioavailable testosterone.
Between 40 and 49, nearly 10 percent of men will have low total testosterone or low bioavailable testosterone.
Between age 50 and 59, nearly 30 percent of men low total testosterone or low bioavailable testosterone.
Between ages 60 to 69, that percentage increases to more than 40 percent.
The percentage increases even more over the age of 70.
Low testosterone (Low T) can lead to both physical and sexual effects. Low T can contribute to prostate difficulties, increased risk of prostate cancer, Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which is a risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks and stroke); the weakening of bone and muscle mass in men, increased adipose (fat) tissue in men.
Men who are significantly overweight and who have fatty 'male breasts' often suffer from a lack of testosterone, as the increased weight caused some of their testosterone to the hormone estradiol, which causes an increase in breast size.
Men with Low T often have less interest in sex, even if they love their partner, and find their partner attractive. The author cites one patient whom his friends said was lucky because he had such an attractive wife, yet this patient did not want to do anything sexual with her, or with anyone.
Men with Low T are also likely to have difficulty with getting or maintaining an erection, which treatment with Viagra does not seem to cure. Men with Low T are likely to have difficulty reaching orgasm, sometimes known in the medical profession as 'retarded ejaculation.'
In Boston, we would call that "retahded ejaculation."
This, of course, is a huge issue with men - and with the women or woman in a man's life.
Medical conditions or medications can also contribute to sexual difficulties, most notably overweight, diabetes or taking the anti-depressants that are SSRIs - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - which includes many common anti-depressants.
The upside of this is that diagnosis and treatment for Low T is easily available, and it can restore confidence, happiness, and health for a man's life, and their partner.
Males have testosterone from the time they are in the womb, as testosterone imprints itself upon the brain of a male fetus, which accounts for the failed experiments of the 1970s when parents would refuse to give guns to young boys, thinking that the absence of guns would make a boy less likely to behave wild or boyish. Parents were often amazed that boys would pick up sticks or branches and then use them as guns or swords.
Men over the age of 40 who think they might have Low T should talk with their physician, because diagnosis is easily confirmed with some simple blood tests. Treatment is not difficult, either.
Worst is when a person ruminates over possibilities but does not take action.
Of course, not every sexual or marital difficulty is due to Low T or ED. Relationship difficulties can contribute, but if a man has no sexual interest - or low sexual interest in his partner - and little or no sexual interest, generally, Low T could be the cause, according to Morgentaler.
Men who have been successfully treated for Low T reported back to Morgentaler that they could not believe how often they now thought of sex and how much improved their life was, and that the men's wives 'complained that they were chasing after them like a teenager.'
Morgentaler distinguishes between the 'desire for sex' and the 'hunger for sex,' noting that one patient said that he wished to have sex with his wife, whom he very much loved - but that he did not have 'this primal hunger for sex', and clenched his fist.
Early on, it was believed that low desire was primarily a neurological function, and doctors would sometimes pinch the penis to determine the level of sensation in the penis. Doctors often discovered, as Morgentaler did, that their patients jumped across the room, howling in pain.
The chapters include:
Chapter 1: Recognizing the Symptoms
Chapter 2: Testosterone and Your Health: Understanding Testosterone
Chapter 3: Could You Have Low Testosterone?
Chapter 4: What You Should Know About Being Evaluated for Low Testosterone
Chapter 5: Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
Chapter 6: Treatments for Low Testosterone Levels
Chapter 7: Testosterone and Prostate Cancer
Chapter 8: Risks, Side Effects, and Medical Monitoring
Chapter 9: Treating Men Who Have a History of Prostate Cancer
a doctor's take on this book Dr. Morgentaler has crafted an excellent review of a long neglected subject that could impact thousands if not millions of men. In his concise and clear review of this very important subject he not only educates but debunks long-held misconceptions about testosterone replacement that previously prevented men and their doctors from exploring this potentially very valuable and effective treatment. I'm recommending this well-written and informative book to many of my collegues. ...more info