How to tell if you are suffering from low testosterone:
Testosterone is the male hormone produced primarily in the testes in men. This hormone is often considered the “master hormone” in men as it is responsible for many aspects of men’s health.
Testosterone plays a significant role in male sexuality and reproduction as well as muscle mass, hair growth, bone density, levels of red blood cells, and even mood.
Around the age of 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline and continues as he ages.
Many things impact a man’s level of testosterone adversely throughout his life and this can be detrimental to his overall health and performance in many aspects of life.
Research from New England Research Institute suggests that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 has low levels of testosterone, defined as less than 300 ng/dL of total testosterone and less than 5 ng/dL of free testosterone. However, only about 1 in 20 have clinical symptoms linked to such deficiency.
This is a staggering number but not all that surprising when you hear the symptoms that many men describe when they see their doctor.
Signs of low testosterone:
- Low Energy (Fatigue)
- Low Libido (Sex Drive)
- Brain Fog
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Decreased Muscle Mass
- Increased Body Fat (Particularly Belly Fat)
- Gynecomastia (Male Breast Tissue aka “Man Boobs”)
Health Effects of low testosterone:
Although low testosterone is becoming more common and many are either unaware of the related symptoms or not currently having symptoms, there is an underlying danger to having below ideal testosterone levels.
A lack of adequate or ideal testosterone can have some serious and long term effects on the body. Low levels of testosterone are reported to be related decrease bone density in males (osteoporosis) making them more prone to injury later in life. It is also linked to higher risk of death by heart disease as well as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even depression.
What causes low testosterone?
Declining levels of testosterone is a natural occurrence of the aging process. Unfortunately, these drops are happening much earlier and to a greater degree than ever before and this is due to our ever increasing toxic and polluted environment.
Many thing in the environment contribute to our overall toxic burden and many of these substances and compounds interfere with our body’s ability to operate optimally. Today many middle-aged men are prescribed statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. In fact, it is estimated that around 15 million Americans are currently on a statin drug. Besides the many side effects of statin drugs, one issue related to testosterone is that statin drugs reduce the body’s production of cholesterol and cholesterol is the precursor to all steroid hormones including testosterone.
Besides certain prescription drugs, many other environmental chemicals interfere with and up set this process. Many fall in to a category called “Endocrine disruptors”. Pesticides and herbicides such as Atrazine have a profound effect on the balance of hormones in the body.
Besides atrazine, we are also exposed to estrogen-mimicking compounds (called xenoestrogens) in our foods, air, and water. In fact, elevated levels of birth control hormones excreted by women are consistently found in municipal drinking water thus increasing the toxic levels of estrogen found in the body. Even industrial compounds like PCBs, BPA, and other phthalates have estrogenic effects on the body. All of these contribute to decreasing the male hormone.
How to test for low testosterone:
Much can be assumed by overt signs and symptoms but the only way to know for sure and how far from ideal you may be is to test your testoterone levels. Most often a blood test is used to determine your levels of testosterone. This is typically tested in the morning when testosterone levels are highest.
How to Naturally increase levels of testosterone:
Because there are many things that contribute to low testosterone, it is important to get to the root cause of what may be reducing your body’s ability to make ideal levels. Low testosterone is becoming an epidemic in today’s world but we don’t have to suffer the consequences if we take some sensible steps. If you think that you may be suffering from low testosterone or want to optimize your levels so that you can feel and perform better in all areas then connect with us at Alignment Natural Medicine, we can help you address these areas of your health and can get the tests you need to find out where you stand. Get control of your master hormone and you will see incredible results. Your testosterone levels may just be the missing link to better energy and performance.