Are you feeling tired all the time? Gaining weight and experiencing sexual difficulties such as erectile dysfunction or diminished libido? What about memory loss or depression? One of the common underlying issues of these symptoms is Testosterone Deficiency (TD).
Prevalence of TD is up to 12% in the general primary care population. It is generally understood that Testosterone levels decline slowly and progressively starting around age 30 in most men at a rate of approximately 1% per year. However, in some men, testosterone drops low enough that it compromises their health.
Why is this important? Because low testosterone is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, Type II Diabetes, and high cholesterol – all of which are also associated with higher risk of heart disease. In fact, many studies show that normalizing testosterone levels reduces cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality (death) in men. It also protects the prostate.
Are you wondering how to start working on testosterone and how to get that “jump” back into your step? We want to ensure that the body has all the nutrients it needs to optimize testosterone, such as vitamin D, B12, folate and zinc. We also want to treat underlying hormone imbalance (such as high estrogen that masks low testosterone), with herbal medicines. Another factor that is important but overlooked is the effect of stress on testosterone. We want to investigate if cortisol, a stress hormone, pulls resources away from testosterone production (known as the “cortisol steal”). Other contributors to consider are sleep quality, thyroid health, and exogenous sources of estrogens.
Some benefits of working on optimizing testosterone can include weight loss, more energy, mental clarity, and regaining sex drive, which ultimately helps you regain confidence and feel great again.