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Do testosterone boosters work?

Medichecks Dr Emil Hodzovic talks to Men's Health about the effects of testosterone boosters on the body

In men, building muscle, having a healthy sex drive and producing semen are all a product of having a healthy supply of testosterone.  As men get older, their T-levels start to wane, which means the very essence of their masculinity begins to disappear too, so it’s easy to understand why so many men are on the lookout for ways to increase their levels.

Testosterone boosters, which can be found in safe and legal places like your local high-street chemist or, at the more dramatic end of the spectrum, from specialists in hormone therapy. 'Testosterone boosters' is the catch-all term given to a range of supplements that increase levels of testosterone. Before taking any supplements, at either end of the spectrum, it is important to check whether it is actually low testosterone that is causing the problem. 

According to Dr Emil Hodzovic, who is a competitive bodybuilder as well as a doctor with Medichecks, steroids come with, “a set of risks, including liver damage, hormone imbalance, high blood pressure, and a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack”. Boosting testosterone without taking care of your basic health and well-being is sprinting before you can walk. In other words, if you haven’t put the foundations in place then it’s utterly pointless.

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