Treating Low Testosterone Levels

Say the word testosterone and the image of a virile man comes to mind.  However, a man lacking testosterone stands to suffer more than just a bruised ego.  Low levels of testosterone can are associated with a number of medical conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease,  heightened cancer risk to loss of muscle.   More than 4 million men in US have low testosterone levels.  It is very much under-diagnosed and only a small percentage of men are receiving treatment.  Men begin losing testosterone at a rate of about 3% per year starting in the last 30’s to early 40’s.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone (or “Low T”)

  • Loss of strength
  • Increased belly fat
  • Impaired brain function (can’t concentrate)
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Loss Libido/impaired sexual function
  • General fatigue

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

Although it is becoming more and more recognized by mainstream medicine as a serious public health issue,  it is not fully understood by many main stream doctors.  There is a persistent misconception that increasing hormone levels can increase prostate cancer risk.  In fact, low testosterone can increase cancer risk.  Studies show increasing the hormone in middle-aged men can reduce bad cholesterol levels and inflammatory bio-markers associated with heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome.  Long term testosterone therapy can greatly improve  a man’s appearance, strength, sexual potency, mood and brain function; all while reducing the risks of serious chronic diseases.

Be sure to see a physician familiar with hormone replacement for men.  It should be part of a comprehensive program designed to improve your overall health status.