Aug 25, 2013 - 5:31 am
Exercise is always mentioned as an important adjunct to any Pca treatment program, but lets look at why. Any cancer will shrink you, and make you weak. With advanced Pca, all testosterone is eliminated from the system thru the use of drugs or castration, and this has insidious effect. How important is T? A woman who takes testosterone supplements, (yes, steroids), lifts heavy weights and takes the supplements and does the diet can actually build as muscular a body as a Natural competitive male body builder. My body at 81 is a result of this kind of program. T supplementation is now one of the fasted growing treatments in the field of
anti-aging. See, “Testosterone For Life - Abraham Morgentaler (eBook).
Dr. Morgentaler suggests that most men should be taking T supplementation at around age 40-45. So, if a normal older male needs T supplementation, what are the effects of NO testosterone? The reverse for a man of what happens to a woman who takes T. The male body becomes like a female body. You lose muscle all over your body, you become weak, your penis shrinks, you get tired more easily, winded more easily, and more depressed with possible poor appetite and poor sleep. In other words, your quality of life and health take a big hit. Not only that, but your immune system becomes much weaker as well. Combine this with the effect of normal old age, and you have a possible disaster scenario. And most older men do not ordinarily have a regular exercise program.
I weighed 204 in my picture. I now weigh 174, and no longer have a body. I can only lift about 40% of the weight I used to lift. However, I can still go to the gym, can still swim, can still stick to a good diet, and can still remember life when I still had balls. I mention this so that it can be understood how much no T affects a man, and how very important it is to work out. With advanced Pca, you need 30 METS a week of exercise. That might be walking for 30 minutes six days a week. Not everybody can lift. I recommend Matrix Workout by Dr. Ron Laura for weights. It uses very light weights, but still gives a great workout.
If you decide to walk only, buy some light hand dumbbells – even if only one or two pounds. As you walk, mimic curls, lat raises, and all upper body weight movements as you walk. At home, you can use the dumbbells to do the Matrix routine. You do not have to do the program for 30-40 minutes straight. You can do a few sets throughout the day. The main thing is to try to stop the muscles from atrophying.
Your quality of life with advanced Pca can go down fast unless you start the battle ASAP, and an exercise program needs to be at the top of the list.