Testosterone for men
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their early 30’s. Most men need to be tested around 40 years of age. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include fatigue, lack of mental acuity, loss of libido, loss of muscle mass, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection. It is never too late to benefit from hormone therapy.
Moreover, many studies show optimal testosterone levels in men, over 800, have preventative effects for many disease states such as: cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, and more.
What are the Health Dangers of Low Testosterone?
An 8 year study reported in 2006 study by the Veterans Administration showed a 75% increase in death rate among men 40 years old and older with T levels below 250ng/dl compared to those above 450 ng/dl in. Multiple other scientific studies have confirmed a significant increase in risk of death from all causes in men of various age groups with low testosterone levels.
Low levels of Testosterone have been shown in multiple studies to be associated with dramatically increased risks of:
- Diabetes (elevated blood sugar)
- Heart diseases
- Increased visceral body fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Metabolic syndrome
- Atherosclerosis (plaques in the arteries)
- Decreased cognitive thinking
- Decreased exercise tolerance
- Decreases sexual function
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
- Excessive sweating or hot flushes
- Feeling that you have passed your peak
- Feeling burnt out
- Joint pain and Muscular pain
- Often feeling tired
- Physical Exhaustion/ Lacking Vitality
- Sleep problems
- Decline in your feeling of well-being
- Decrease in ability/frequency to perform sexually/ED
- Decrease in beard growth
- Decrease in the number of morning erections
- Decreased Muscular Strength
- Decrease in sexual desire/libido
- Depressed Mood
Do All Symptoms Occur at Once or at Different Levels?
This question leads to the introduction of the idea of Andropause (declining levels of testosterone) . Also, relative androgen deficiency simply states that you will develop each individual symptom of low T as described above at a T level unique to you. For, example Joe may develop a depressive low energy mood issue at a T level below 500, while Jim may not have that issue until he is below 400.
We are unique individuals, and while generalizations and averages can be helpful for a general understanding, each person will develop a specific symptom at a T level specific to them.
However, in general:
- Loss of libido or energy increased significantly below testosterone concentrations of 430 ng/dL
- Depression and Diabetes type 2 in non-obese men were more common with testosterone concentrations below 300 ng/dL
- Erectile Dysfunction was contributed to significantly by testosterone concentrations below 230 ng/dL
Additionally, some internists are now recommending that men with levels below 500ng/dl consider treatment for preventative health reasons, even if they are not experiencing significant symptoms
What Benefits Might I Expect from T therapy if my Testosterone level is Causing My Symptoms?
- Improved mood
- Improved energy levels
- Improved Mental function
- Improved exercise tolerance
- Improved muscle mass
- Reduced body fat
- Reduced waist circumference
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Reduced Inflammation
- Lower triglycerides
- Better blood pressure
- Decreased death rate from all causes in both sexes.
- Improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control in diabetics.
- Beneficial effects on cardiac ischemia, angina and chronic heart failure
Does Testosterone Cause Cancer or dangerous side effects?
NO! Doctors were mistakenly taught for nearly 7 decades that Testosterone caused Prostate cancer. This fallacy has been proven wrong by many international studies published since 2006. In fact, much evidence now points to the findings that men with Low T are more likely to develop prostate cancer, and that the prostate cancer in men with low T men is likely to be a more aggressive form.