The Good News and the Bad
The technical term for low testosterone is hypogonadism. This happens when men’s bodies are producing too little testosterone, which can put you at risk for various health issues. Lowered testosterone causes your body to deliver less oxygen to your cells. This dramatically increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks, bone loss, muscle loss, and, more adverse side effects.
How else can you tell if you are lacking testosterone? Common feelings can be listlessness, edginess, lack of optimism, depression and lack of sexual desire. Sometimes these symptoms seem like a short “funk” or dry spell. However, it is very important to take a step back and evaluate your overall disposition and health profile.
Testosterone is a key player in building muscle and fighting fat. Good testosterone levels improve the body’s capability to repair muscle tissue broken down during exercise, helping you to gain and maintain muscle mass. When the levels decrease, a hormone called lipase (LPL) increases.
The bad news? According to the Mayo Clinic: Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1% a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism). The good news? Once you have spoken with your doctor about your decreased output of testosterone, they will find applicable measures to take to remedy the situation and/or symptoms.
What you can do now: Aside from doctor recommended testosterone therapy treatments, the average male can make simple changes to diet and physical activities to increase testosterone and create an overall well being of health. Studies show that diets rich in fat sources (nuts, meat and eggs) and a lack of chemically processed meats will help with testosterone by elevating the omega-3 fatty acids.
For a proactive and engaging approach, talk with your Riverview physician at Riverview Regional Medical Health Services, Carthage, TN or by calling # (615) 328-8888.
Riverview Regional Medical Center
158 Hospital Drive
Carthage, TN 37030
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