Low testosterone is very common in men over age 40 since men begin losing their testosterone at the rate of 2 to 3 percent per year beginning at age 30. It is a normal part of aging. It is noticed by symptoms and can be confirmed with blood work. It is very important for men to understand the risks that can be faced with having low testosterone. Testosterone plays a very important role in your body. It is the body’s chemical messengers that make all of the organs function efficiently. It is not just about the bedroom. It is about overall health and wellness and disease prevention. Low testosterone treatment is simple and it just means replacing lost testosterone and bring it back to youthful levels with all the resultant benefits.
Men between the ages of 40 – 59 years have more cardia problems than the rest of the population. Heart attacks become more common as they get closer to age 50. There is a link between low testosterone and risk factors associated with cardiac disease. Low testosterone is associated with cardiac risk factors including obesity, diabetes, therosclerosis, and hypertension. Remember your heart is a muscle and one of the main functions of testosterone is to keep muscles strong and of normal size. Maintaining a normal level of testosterone can increase levels of HDL cholesterol which is the “good” cholesterol that protects your heart.
Reduced Muscle Mass
Low testosterone causes a reduction in muscle mass and prevents muscles from proper maintenance and growth. With low testosterone, men can work out and muscle development still fails no matter how hard the work out is. It is very difficult to build muscle mass no matter how hard you work out. This can be very frustrating to work so hard and not see results.
Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity
Low testosterone in men can contribute to Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. If low testosterone is left untreated, Type 2 Diabetes is more likely to develop. If Type 2 Diabetes is left untreated, it can lead to very serious side effects that are very dangerous that include diabetic nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy. When you have diabetes, sugars crystalize in the capillaries of your extremities like the feet and toes. This causes lack of blood flow and can have serious harmful outcomes including surgical amputation.
Low testosterone exacerbates inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Inflammation also leads to a poor immune system, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, lupus, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis which is too much fat in your capillaries and veins.
Many studies in both men and women show that low testosterone can cause anemia. In a study published in the Journal of Urology in April, 2016 revealed that testosterone treatment decreases the prevalence of anemia and metabolic syndrome. Reversing anemia can be difficult which is why it is important to maintain healthy levels of testosterone throughout your life.
Some of the other side effects of Low Testosterone include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Lack of Sex Drive and Libido
- Loss of Memory and Focus
- Mood Disorders
- Increased belly fat
- Poor sleep
Many people attribute these to “just getting older” and they think there’s nothing you can do about it. Quite the contrary, maintaining proper levels of testosterone is easy with BHRT or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This is a natural treatment unlike synthetic forms of testosterone.
Other services at New Vitality Centers:
- BHRT – Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- PRP Microneedling Skin Treatments
- PRP Hair Restoration
- Medical Weight Loss
- Erectile Dysfunction