The Dark Side of Taking Testosterone

Thinking of taking testosterone supplements to boost your energy or libido? Before reaching for a bottle, watch this video to learn about the potential risks and downsides.


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0:00 Introduction: Does taking testosterone have any downside?
0:12 Benefits of taking testosterone
0:21 Negatives of testosterone
2:05 Causes of low testosterone
3:19 Ways to increase testosterone

In this video, we will discuss the potential risks and downsides of taking testosterone, as it can negatively affect your hormonal responses and even inhibit the body's natural production of testosterone.

Your body has a complex hormone feedback system that the brain uses to communicate to turn on or off testosterone production. When you change your natural hormone levels with external sources, there can be many side effects that may reduce your quality of life.

The effects of taking testosterone may include:
•Worsening sleep apnea
•Higher risk of heart disease
•Decreased fertility
•Thickening of blood
•Testicular atrophy
•Erectile dysfunction

Before taking any testosterone supplements, it is important to identify the root cause of low testosterone levels. This can include:
• Age
• Insulin resistance
• Low zinc
• Protein deficiency
• Low-fat diet
• Statins
• High soy diet
• Low vitamin A or vitamin D
• Excessive physical activity
• Insomnia
• Liver issues
• Obesity

Fortunately, you can increase testosterone naturally by getting enough rest and a nutritious diet. Here are more ways to boost your testosterone levels:
• Weight training
• More zinc in the diet
• Vitamin D
• More fatty foods with less carbs
• DHEA supplements
• Getting more REM sleep
• Lose weight
• Lowering blood sugar with a keto diet
• Intermittent fasting
• Sufficient protein in the diet

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thank you for watching! I hope you now have a better understanding of the potential downsides of taking testosterone and how to increase your levels naturally. I'll see you in the next video!


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  1. @mahdi7299 on February 22, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    TLDR: This video discusses the potential downsides of taking testosterone, including worsened sleep apnea, mood swings, and testicular atrophy. Factors affecting testicular health are explored, such as insulin resistance and deficiencies in zinc, vitamins A or D. The presenter suggests supporting testosterone health through weight training, adequate zinc and vitamin D intake, a diet rich in healthy fats, and prioritizing REM sleep. Additionally, natural methods for enhancing testosterone levels include weight loss, a ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, and ensuring sufficient protein intake.

    00:00 🚨 Testosterone can have positive benefits like increased libido and energy, but there are potential negative effects to be aware of.
    01:09 🛌 Negative effects include worsened sleep apnea, mood swings, acne, dizziness, potential heart attack, decreased fertility, and testicular atrophy.
    02:05 🤔 Factors contributing to testicular issues include insulin resistance, low zinc, protein deficiency, low-fat diets, statins, high soy diet, and low vitamins A or D.
    03:25 💪 To support testosterone health: weight training, zinc intake, sufficient vitamin D, and a diet with enough healthy fats are recommended.
    04:19 😴 Ensuring adequate REM sleep is crucial for maintaining testosterone levels.
    04:59 🏋️‍♂️ Losing weight, optimizing blood sugars through ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting, and having sufficient protein can naturally enhance testosterone levels.

    • @philvelasco1363 on February 22, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you A.I. bot

    • @jls769597 on February 22, 2024 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much I appreciate this clear and fast explanation. I didn’t have time watch the whole video this time. 😅🙏👍

    • @aleidaperez2726 on February 22, 2024 at 1:27 pm

      Nuevamente gracias❤❤❤

    • @mahdi7299 on February 22, 2024 at 1:31 pm

      @@philvelasco1363 np sherlock

    • @wreagfe on February 22, 2024 at 2:06 pm

      It’s in the video description already.

  2. @jonski_i on February 22, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    I got on Testosterone and I feel like I’m 18 again. Best decision of my life 🙏
    Doctor Berg can you please make a video on the side effects of getting a vasectomy this information needs to be known big medical Doctor’s told me absolutely nothing

    • @davidcatlin1970 on February 22, 2024 at 1:20 pm

      How long now?

    • @jonski_i on February 22, 2024 at 1:37 pm

      @@davidcatlin1970 6 months. Definitely an adjustment period in between and most importantly education about other supplements that go with the trt

    • @rkip123456 on February 22, 2024 at 3:11 pm

      Can you please elaborate? I don’t mean to pry, but I’m very curious.

    • @wifiunove1650 on February 22, 2024 at 4:20 pm

      Now you can’t stop for the next 40 years

    • @jonski_i on February 22, 2024 at 4:50 pm

      @@wifiunove1650 Im not trying to convince you to do anything 🚬😎

  3. @lesliejameskellaway5527 on February 22, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    I took testosterone for 12 months because my testosterone blood test was well below normal ( it was100). My energy and mood improved so much but the most important was my type 2 diabetes blood sugar improved by 50%. I’m not overweight, I’m a 64 year old ex boxer. My diabetes is improving daily. My doctor didn’t believe me 😂

    • @QamruddinKhan-hf4dn on February 22, 2024 at 3:02 pm

      Yeah no problem, sometimes we need replacement therapy but people in their 30s 40s should try to boost it naturally, West just have exercise and lifestyle but they can try homeopathy, East has traditional medicine which has so many testosterone boosters… In old India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle East, even 70 years old man can impregnate women, there is an old man in Pakistani kashmir who had baby when he was 80 because they were on natural lifestyle free from processed and refined items, pollution, etc he might have taken herbs like shilajit, ashwagandha, etc

    • @gaivoron on February 22, 2024 at 3:46 pm

      Well, in your case it makes sense to take steroids. But, majority are healthy yet they take them for a performance boost.

    • @Vasilia4 on February 22, 2024 at 4:16 pm

      The problem is once you start you cannot stop because your body stops producing it

    • @ramblr5900 on February 22, 2024 at 4:58 pm

      @@Vasilia4can you help me produce more? 😏

    • @Biglover29 on February 22, 2024 at 5:29 pm

      That’s what my testosterone level is. I guess I’ve gotta try some of the doctors suggestions.

  4. @SteveFrench_420 on February 22, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    Doc, you should check to see if there are any studies concerning your topics when making videos. A study, published on Pub Med, showed DHEA did not increase testosterone in men (bit weirdly it did in women)

    • @amandaflood6843 on February 22, 2024 at 4:51 pm


  5. @kristibillings1949 on February 22, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Can you address testosterone for women please. Thank you

    • @richardbaptiste6939 on February 22, 2024 at 3:06 pm

      Testosterone for women as in the FTM?

    • @George-ky4wf on February 22, 2024 at 3:46 pm

      No. Trt is just as important for women in menopause​@@richardbaptiste6939

    • @Honeyfaced1 on February 22, 2024 at 6:19 pm

      ⁠@@richardbaptiste6939What??? Women’s bodies produce testosterone also. It decreased sharply (along with estrogen) after menopause, leading to decreased muscle mass and loss of bone density, among many other things. It stands to reason that a normal, non-transgender woman would enquire about this. It’s a good question to which I would love to see an answer.

  6. @cgprelude on February 22, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    What are your thoughts on Pregnenolone supplements?

    • @usernwn7qe on February 22, 2024 at 5:20 pm

      Oily hair at best, usually a waste of time.

  7. @Dr._Wan___PharmD on February 22, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Desisting alcohol, smoking, opioid medicines and junk food would be a good start. Consume dark leafy greens, fatty fish like sardines and salmon, onions, avocados, shellfish, berries, eggs and foods with flavonoids.

    • @lesliejameskellaway5527 on February 22, 2024 at 3:17 pm

      I don’t smoke, take any or drink, and I’ve lived in Italy, on a Mediterranean diet for 14 years. My testosterone is still well below normal. The lowest it should be is 300, mine is 100.

  8. @flavio-p on February 22, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    Anecdotal data here, I know but, I took trt for a year. My prostate grew to the point of affecting urinary flow. I found a urologist who put me on antibiotics. I had symptoms during and after antibiotic use. I asked if there could be a connection and he said that testosterone doesn’t do that and I’m just one of the unlucky men who experience bhp early in life.

    I wasn’t buying it so I stopped trt and formulated a supplement protocol based on information gleaned from Dr Berg and others for prostate health. Symptoms immediately went away and improved over the next year. Getting the boys to restart test was another story. I had imaging done which involved being violated through the front and back. I won’t get into details but just imagine an alien abduction. Prostate was normal size and my psa was normal. Huge nightmare.

    • @stevesheldon8616 on February 22, 2024 at 2:02 pm

      Could you please share that supplement protocol with me?

    • @nevastrong2850 on February 22, 2024 at 2:23 pm


    • @flavio-p on February 22, 2024 at 2:36 pm

      @@stevesheldon8616 Sure! Zinc, beta sitosterol, pumpkin seed oil, pygeum, saw palmetto, and stinging nettle root extract.

    • @Karmazov on February 22, 2024 at 4:29 pm

      Could you please share your protocol for restarting the boys? Were you able to get close to the levels you were at before starting the TRT?

    • @flavio-p on February 22, 2024 at 5:47 pm

      @@Karmazov Nothing but the supplements used to help the prostate. If they had benefits on test production, I can’t attest to it. A little background… Ive pretty yoked since I was a kid. Big lifter but definitely an endomorphic body type. I also have two kids and zero libido issues. So when my dr tested and said my levels were on the ground, I was surprised. Trt was amazing almost immediately. Lifts increased, I shredded up like I was 28. When I got off, my levels plummeted below what I was originally. For months I didn’t want to do anything. Left foot, right foot. Now I’m a couple years out and everything is back to normal.

  9. @user-lb6dh4xd9p on February 22, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you for your sharing this ❤❤❤

    • @Drberg on February 22, 2024 at 2:38 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  10. @jaclyndougherty3271 on February 22, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    My husband has been on injections twice a week since October and its been a night and day difference. Not only for him, but our marriage. His libido is a lot higher now. His levels were very low.
    I also got mine checked because i had all the symptoms. Mine was low as well, so i got put on a testosterone cream that was compounded at the pharmacy. So far so good. Will do labs again in 5 weeks.

    • @wreagfe on February 22, 2024 at 2:09 pm

      Good for you guys. NB: symptoms trump lab tests. If the symptoms go away, the lab test is less relevant.

    • @RichHandsome on February 22, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      Has his body changed much? Muscle gain?

    • @jaclyndougherty3271 on February 22, 2024 at 3:28 pm

      No. He doesn’t work out at the gym, but works long hours in the oilfield. His mood used to be horrible and had no patience. He had no motivation. Now, it’s completely changed. He was doing one shot a week, and then had labs done again after 6 weeks, and is now at 2 shots a week. Taking the shot once a week on Friday, he noticed around Wednesday or Thursday, he was slipping back to the moods and such. Now at twice a week, it’s been great for him.

    • @RichHandsome on February 22, 2024 at 6:21 pm

      @@jaclyndougherty3271 good to hear 👍🏾

  11. @Marcus-kz7rw on February 22, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    TRT done correctly can be a lifesaver for men in need ! It’s safe to do it long term, when working with a good doctor.

  12. @ocaminhodefatima991 on February 22, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    What are your thoughts on the quality of the water we drink and shower with at our homes? How to improve it, and benefits. Thank you, Dr Berg!

  13. @deaf2you on February 22, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    Ashwagandha, Shilajit, and Boron work very well too!

    • @D9Wx on February 22, 2024 at 3:00 pm

      Tribulus terrestrial, d-aspartic acid, sink, magnesium glycinate. Raw garlic, ginger.

    • @Kman1169 on February 22, 2024 at 4:16 pm

      I take a supplement that has shilajit, boron, ashwaganda, and tongkat ali. But my question is, by taking these supplements, will they decrease my bodies ability to naturally produce testosterone, similarly to taking steroids.

    • @deaf2you on February 22, 2024 at 4:38 pm

      I think testosterone naturally ebbs & flows. Factors to consider – Genes, Weight, Age, Sleep.
      Diet, nutrition and exercise seem to have the most impact.

    • @Lambo_567 on February 22, 2024 at 4:41 pm

      Weightlifting + Zink makes me very horny especially after leg day

    • @masonwang2734 on February 22, 2024 at 6:01 pm

      If I’m not mistaken they aid your body in producing more testosterone itself and not decrease levels

  14. @jeffmalm9708 on February 22, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Testosterone is the very best thing a middle age man can do. Wish i started decade earlier.

  15. @DingusCirc on February 22, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    TRT is a god send. It is just replacement from aging and environmental factors

  16. @user-yq9lt8jn6r on February 22, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg for another great video. May God blessed you and your family!

  17. @Beatenthusiast20 on February 22, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    I’m interested in more information about testosterone for women- many women are beginning to use it for energy, libido, anti aging etc.
    Low amounts- not to transition

  18. @steven_dekok on February 22, 2024 at 6:15 pm

    I’m 54, been on TRT since I was 31 years old. I had two more kids at ages 36 and 38 (then I got fixed, 5 kids is enough lol). My quarterly bloodwork always comes back fine. No issues with “hoisting the main sail”.

  19. @scotniver7180 on February 22, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the presentation and analysis.
    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Tangat Ali and Fedogia..
    I can tell you first hand : taken in combination, they work.

  20. @thuywu2304 on February 22, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    EXCELLENT explanation and great advice. Thank you so much Doctor Berg ❤

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