Low T is Dangerous
This isn't scare tactics, just reporting what many studies have shown. Please see the source links below the article if you want to read the original works. The good news is that 'low t' is fixable in a natural holistic way that returns us to our younger days, not in age but ability and quality of life.
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. Eventually a decrease in sex drive will accompany the drop in testosterone. This leads to a mistaken belief that the loss of interest in sex is simply due to one getting older. It is abnormal for a man to have absolutely no interest in sex; this is a symptom of a very low testosterone level.
Along with the diminished sex drive men have noted that they feel excessively fatigued, weaker and depressed, these are all common symptoms of low testosterone. Interestingly, minus diminished sex drive these are also symptoms of hypothyroidism, so it is important to have the appropriate tests done to determine actual causation. Other factors that could be in play are side effects caused by medications or alcohol consumption.
In 2004 Harvard Medical School recommended a testosterone level of 300 to 450 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) for men over 65 years of age, this is the midpoint of the normal range for that age group.
A low testosterone level is caused by ‘hypogonadism’ which affects many organ systems. The deleterious effects of long term untreated low testosterone are well documented. A number of these effects can include:
• Increased body fat
• Decreased strength/muscle mass
• Weakening of bones/osteoporosis
• Less body hair
• Swelling/tenderness in the breast tissue (man boobs)
• Hot flashes
• Increased fatigue
• Changes in cholesterol metabolism
• Sleep disturbances/insomia
• Emotional changes
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Weaking of the cardiovascular system
It causes a loss of lean muscle mass, loss of strength, and bone density. When you see an older man who is stooped over and unable hold his head up, this is most likely caused by osteoporosis directly resulting from low testosterone levels.
The increased body fat that comes with low testosterone, especially around the waistline, causes a further suppression of testosterone production, which in return causes more body fat. It is a tough cycle to break out of.
Setting aside how one feels about their appearance with the increased weight, evidence is pointing to this visceral fat causing a number of metabolic changes which can greatly increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. See links below for 'Low Testosterone Could Kill You' and 'Low Serum Testosterone and Mortality in Older Men'
Low testosterone levels can increase vascular damage, including the blood vessels that are needed for maintaining an erection. Along with that, low testosterone can affect the ability to maintain a normal red blood cell count.
If you decide to have your testosterone level tested keep in mind that your level will be highest in the morning and progressively dropping during the day. If you decide to retest at a later date then the second test would need to occur during the same hour as the initial visit to get a more accurate reading.
If your doctor suggests direct testosterone therapy you may want to consider doing a search for "testosterone therapy lawsuits" the dangers of this synthetic form of testosterone are many, checkout the side effects.
Quoting a line from a Science Daily Release: "Treating low testosterone with replacement therapy did not have any beneficial effect on cardiovascular health." The safer alternative would be retraining the body to produce and regulate its own hormones. An adequate level of testosterone is very important for the health and well-being of men.
- Low Testosterone Could Kill You
- Endogenous Testosterone and Mortality Due To All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer In Men. Epidemiology. Nov 2007. 116; 2694-2701.
- Low Sreum Testosterone and Mortality in Older Men. Endocrine Care: JCEM. Oct 2007
- Testosterone and Sex Hormone – Binding Globulin Predict the Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes in Middle Aged Men. ADA Diabetes Care May 2004 vol. 27no. 5 1036-1041.
- A Population-Level Decline in Serum Testosterone Levels in American Men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Jan 2007 vol. 92 no. 1196-202.
- Science Daily - Low testosterone may be linked to heart problems