Testosterone, It’s Not Just For Action Heroes…

I’m sure most of you have heard of testosterone. It’s a hormone secreted within the body that many people attribute in derogatory ways.

“Wow, that guy has WAY too much testosterone…”

But how important is it? Although most people assume it’s a male hormone, it’s actually produced by both genders. It’s simply produced in larger amounts in men. It affects their appearance, helps build muscle and bone as well as sexual development and drive. Kind of important overall, right?

A man’s testosterone levels start being affected and drop after the age of 30. Doesn’t seem like a very advanced age, but that’s when it STARTS to decline. And problematically, low testosterone can cause a host of health issues within men.

Erectile Dysfunction! There, now that I’ve thrown the words out, we can discuss them openly. True enough, there’s always been a bit of a stigma with men discussing this issue, but it’s one of the top problems caused by lower levels of testosterone. Once your testosterone levels drop, it can cause a decrease in sex drive.

According to an article written in “Medical News Today”, roughly 1 in every 50 men are diagnosed with low testosterone levels. Besides the condition named above, this can cause hair loss, reduced bone density and muscle mass, difficulty sleeping, low energy levels, changes in mood and potential weight gain.

If it becomes a noticeable problem, you should obviously discuss it with your family practitioner. That being said, you shouldn’t assume it’s low testosterone levels WITHOUT a doctor’s diagnosis. The problem these days is that many doctors are, for some reason, reluctant to test for testosterone level deficiencies.

But if you suspect it and can get a diagnosis, there are ways to treat it. There are a number of dietary changes that can hep middle boost testosterone levels and help alleviate symptoms. A lot of them involve eating nutrient-rich foods.

If this doesn’t help, doctors can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy, which can be administered in a number of different ways. You can start seeing a difference within weeks of starting said therapies.

An important factor to keep in mind is that a man’s levels will lower slightly with time and age, and this isn’t what poses the issue. There has to be a significant drop for the symptoms to kick in. A normal drop won’t cause the aforementioned issues.

Some drops in levels will be caused by pre-existing conditions, and some of the symptoms will exist without an actual drop in levels. A little bit confusing? I would say so, but the takeaway is that communicating and discussing with medical professionals becomes important. And if you happen to hit a physician who shies aways from wanting to test for it, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. ☯

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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