Can Testosterone Boosters Impact Prostate Cancer

Testosterone boosters are fast becoming the holy grail of battling the symptoms of male hypogonadism. However, the quick results and rapid hormone boost provided by these supplements have many wondering if they can increase the risk of prostate cancer. To help clear the air on this, I dug deep to provide solid evidence showing the impact and possible risk.

Key Findings

  • Studies show testosterone-boosting therapies do not increase the risk of developing prostate cancer
  • No negative reactions on the prostate were recorded in clinical trials that involved testosterone-boosting therapies
  • Most testosterone boosters contain cancer-fighting ingredients—the risk of them triggering cancer cell growth is very low

Testosterone Boosters and Prostate Cancer

After looking at several studies, I found one extract that explained the risks of using testosterone boosters quite simply. The extract evaluated the use of testosterone boosting therapies in men who suffer from testosterone decline. The health background of the men varied—some without prostate cancer or prostate cancer risks and some who've had prostate cancer in the past. 

Men from both groups saw an improvement in their testosterone levels without experiencing any serious side effects that deal with the prostate. There was also no cancer reoccurrence noted in those who had a prostatectomy. This clearly shows that testosterone booster use does not increase the risk of developing cancer.

Most testosterone booster brands have a list of contraindications in their enclosed leaflet, which tells us which conditions or diseases do not allow use. I've shed light on several of these testosterone booster supplements in the past and haven't come across one that warns of possible cancer risks. But, of course, caution must always be taken, and professional medical advice must be sought before jumping on use.

Are There Any Modern Studies About This?

Although you may find old studies showing that a boost in testosterone levels caused by external therapies may lead to a growth in cancer cells, the evidence isn't exactly reliable, as updated research has challenged the link. The Prostate Cancer Foundation suggests testosterone therapy in any form may be safe in patients with and without a history of prostate cancer. 

But there isn't enough evidence to predict the possible risks, so most trials point to further research. I did find a few short-term studies which showed that testosterone therapy doesn't increase the risk of developing or worsening prostate cancer. Though this doesn't directly involve traditional natural testosterone boosters, it does give us an idea of the impact an increase in testosterone levels might have on the development of prostate cancer, which in essence, is little to no negative impact. 

What Does This Mean For Testosterone Boosters?

After looking at the evidence and research, it's clear testosterone boosters are a viable option for combating the symptoms of hypogonadism and does not increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. In fact, after looking closely at the composition of the boosters, I found that most of them contain one or more ingredients that actually help with the fight against cancer.

Ingredients such as Fenugreek are considered a growth inhibitor of cancer cells in the breast, pancreas, and prostate, which means it, can help stop the multiplication or growth of cancer cells. Other common cancer-fighting ingredients found in testosterone boosters are: 

What Factors Impact the Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Similar to other diseases, a combination of factors can increase the risk of prostate cancer development. I list some of the most common ones below:

  • Age—The risk of prostate cancer increases with age 50+
  • Race—Dark skinned or black men
  • Family history—Prostate cancer in the family develops because of a combination of shared genes and environmental or lifestyle factors
  • Hereditary prostate cancer—Inheriting the risk from a relative due to genes
  • Exposure to chemicals—Certain chemicals can stimulate the growth of cancer cells
  • Eating habits and weight—Certain eating behaviors can cause weight issues such as obesity which increases cancer risks

What Can I Do as Prevention?

Prevention is one of the key ways to stop the development of any illness or disease. After much research, I found that the best way to prevent prostate cancer or lower the risk of its development is to:

  • Stay sexually active
  • Aim for a balanced diet
  • Increase your vitamin D intake

In addition, men with high-risk factors can take medicines such as finasteride or dutasteride to prevent the development or risk of prostate cancer by 25%.  

Final Thoughts

Testosterone boosters are completely natural, so it's no surprise they bring in more advantages than disadvantages. Although more studies are required to evaluate the impact of long-term testosterone booster consumption on the risk of prostate cancer, current evidence suggests use is a green light. However, caution should still be exercised, and medical advice should always be sought before using the supplements.

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About the Author

Sam is a passionate health and fitness enthusiast who has been interested in supplements, fitness, and wellness for over 10 years. He is the founder of Great Green Wall - the health and wellness brand and has completed multiple fitness certificates, including personal training and nutrition certifications. Sam has been working as a personal trainer for the past three years and is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals and lead healthier lifestyles. He believes that a healthy lifestyle is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life and is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion with others.

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