The National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition have released their own lists of top-rated testosterone replacement therapies for men and women.
In a recent editorial in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, they said that the “most commonly prescribed” testosterone replacement is a combination of the testosterone gel and an oral tablet.
“This combination is superior to placebo for achieving clinically significant increases in plasma testosterone concentrations and the reduction in serum free testosterone levels,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers then took the study data from nearly 4,000 men and men and used it to compare the testosterone replacement treatment with placebo.
They found that testosterone gel has a higher level of “adverse events” and that the average treatment response rate was about 25 percent.
However, the study authors said that while testosterone gel can be a good choice for some people, “it should not be used alone.”
The researchers noted that there are a few caveats.
First, they didn’t include patients with other forms of testosterone deficiency, such as the type that’s common in trans men.
Second, they found that “there is a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of oral testosterone supplementation for reducing hyperandrogenism and the incidence of other side effects.”
The study authors also noted that some patients may not respond to testosterone therapy at all.
But they said it’s important to remember that the overall effect of testosterone therapy “is clinically important and has important implications for the management of symptoms of testosterone-dependent disorders.”
The American Society of Clinical Nutrition’s testosterone page The National Institute of Health also released its own testosterone review.
It found that some of the top-ranked testosterone therapies on the market can be very expensive, especially for men.
The journal also found that men often experience side effects when they use the top treatments, including “hyperandrogenic symptoms,” “loss of libido,” “mood swings, and reduced sexual desire.”
The experts also said that some medications are more effective at boosting testosterone than others.
They said some of these medications include the hormone estradiol, testosterone-replacement therapy, and testosterone, which can cause “reproductive side effects,” “low testosterone levels and reduced sperm count.”
The authors also said some drugs are safe for some patients.
“For most patients, these medications should be used in combination with a low-dose testosterone gel, if available,” the editors wrote.
“These drugs should not, however, be used concurrently with other medications for the treatment of prostate, testicular, or testicular cancer.
Patients should be counseled on the potential risk of side effects with use of these drugs.”
There’s a lot more testosterone therapy info on the American College of Sports Medicine’s site.