MEN'S HEALTH: Why you need to check in on your testosterone level

Attention Men in Portland! 

As you are gearing up for a year of optimal health and making New Years resolutions, have you thought about checking in on your testosterone level?

Testosterone deficiency affects approximately 13 million men in the United States and often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to lack of appropriate medical care and misinterpretation of lab values. 

Optimal testosterone levels are beneficial in a number of areas of Men's health, including:

  • Sexual health, including creating a healthy libido and strong, lasting erections.
  • Building muscle mass and shedding body fat. Testosterone replacement is associated with steady fat loss and muscle growth over time, as your body becomes more efficient at oxidizing fat for fuel.  
  • Improving multiple cardiometabolic risk factors  and decreasing risk of premature illness and death (this includes: improving insulin resistance and lowering blood sugar; reducing elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels; reducing carotid intimal medial thickness, reducing epicardial and trunk fat mass, reducing inflammatory cytokine profiles, improving BMI and waist circumference)
  • Increasing energy levels, improving mood and motivation, as well as desire for physical activity.

Any of the following symptoms should be addressed as you are evaluated for the possibility of testosterone deficiency:

  • Obesity and difficulty losing weight
  • Low sex drive, low libido, or erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue, depression, or poor concentration
  • Decreased muscle mass or increased fat mass
  • Metabolic syndrome (which may include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, and more)
  • Low bone mineral density
  • Loss of body hair

Naturopathic Testosterone Optimization

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) works best with Naturopathic Testosterone Boosting Therapy.  This entails individualized dietary, lifestyle, and supplemental support to enhance your body’s response to testosterone and other hormones, and addressing other important factors in your overall health.

Make an appointment with a Naturopathic Men’s Health Physician if you are infestered in making some of these health changes.

 

References:

Mulligan T, Frick MF, Zyraw QC, Stemhagen A, McWhirter C. Prevalence of hypogonadism in males aged at least 45 rears: the HIM study. Int J Clin Pract. 2006;60:762-769

Saad, F, et al. Testosterone as Potential Effective Therapy in Treatment of Obesity in Men with Testosterone Deficiency: A Review. Current Diabetes Reviews. 2012; 8; 131-143

Traish, Abdulmaged.  Testosterone and Weight Loss: The Evidence.  Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 2014, 21:313–322