In my blog “Hormones – “Hers” and Menopause I talked about women’s hormones, Menopause and what happens to us as we age. I encourage you to read this regardless of your situation, married or otherwise. It may help you to understand the women in your life, be it a mother, a colleague, a boss a close friend, girlfriend or your wife.
This post however is specifically for you and I hope to help you see that you can improve your overall well being, including your mental, emotional and physical vitality by understanding what could be happening to you. It might be Andropause.
I am a huge advocate of taking care of our bodies and providing it with the nutrients etc. that it needs to function optimally. This includes Testosterone, the primary male hormone responsible for sexuality and so much more. This is the focus of this post. Men need to research this BEFORE they reach for a solution like Viagra or Cialis. Those are band-aid approaches and ignore the root cause of the issue.
I have discovered that both men and women are often unaware of what can be done to prevent the decline
of our life force. Hormones are just that and over time they do decline. The signs and symptoms are there and we generally just accept it as a natural form of aging. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to become old before my time! When is that time you wonder? When I was younger, someone in their 40’s was getting older. Then in my early 40’s it was someone in their sixties. Now I don’t consider someone to be “getting” older until they are approaching 80. Mind you I have met many 50 year olds that act and look like they could be 70. However, I have had too many examples of vibrant 70+ folks in my life to think that we need to consider ourselves as becoming old until then. If they can do it, so can I!!!
One of my clients recently told me that watching a game of golf literally changed his life. I was intrigued and he told me he saw a commercial on TV that talked about Testosterone and he recognized his symptoms.
He went and talked to his doctor about it and it turned out he suffered from a problem related to the production of Testosterone after an accident he had when he was a youngster. They were able to undo the suffering he had for 25+ years related to low testosterone. Amazing!!! He feels like a brand new man, he is ecstatic and loving his new life and his new body!! I forget exactly how much weight he dropped immediately, but it was significant (90lbs or so), just as a result of getting his testosterone levels back to where they were supposed to be.
Don’t wait for your doctor to say I think we need to check your testosterone levels.
Most family physicians (mine included) don’t have a clue about optimal hormone health. Many doctors, especially those who do not specialize in hormones will say after a blood test for testosterone levels….you are in the normal range for a man your age. This is not acceptable. If in your early thirties your level was at the high end of the scale, that will be where you feel at your best. As it declines, you will have very noticeable affects. The goal is to return you to your optimal levels. A specialist knows this and will help you to do just that.
Testosterone is a hormone required for male development and is produced primarily in the testicles. It is responsible for building muscle and bone mass as well as sperm production and sex drive. It influences male pattern fat distribution, bone density, and red blood cell production.
Lack of or underproduction of testosterone either directly due to decreased production in the testes or indirectly due to lack of stimulation of the testes to produce testosterone by the pituitary gland is called hypogonadism and is a medical condition requiring treatment.
The low limit of testosterone levels in men is about 300 nanograms per deciliter and the upper normal limit is approximately 1000-1200 ng/dl.
Men experience Andropause just as a women experiences Menopause. Many of the symptoms are very similar.
What causes low testosterone (Low-T)
Some of the conditions that can lead to a low level are:
- Obesity, high body fat can affect hormone production and response
- Medications: Opioid pain meds and steroids can affect function of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Chronic medical conditions (especially liver or kidney disease)
- Hormonal disorders
What are the symptoms of low testosterone (Low-T)?
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include: (extracted from Doctorq.ca)
- Sadness, grumpiness
- Lethargy, low mental energy, decreased capacity to make decisions
- Unusual fright and anxiety
- Pessimism, proneness to solitude, difficulties with short-term memory
- Decreased sense of wellbeing
- Flushing, sweats, insomnia, fatigue
- Decreased interest or desire for sex leading to decreased sexual performance and activity
- Erection weakness
- Decreased quality of orgasm
- Decreased sensitivity
- Decreased vigour and physical activity
- Frequent joint and muscle aches
- Diminished muscle mass and strength
- Increased body fat and obesity
- Breast growth
- Loss of sexual body hair
- Change in sleep patterns: insomnia or sleep disturbances
- Worsening of sleep apnea
- Worsening of congestive heart failure
Do you think you may have low testosterone?
Take this short quiz to see how you score. Take the Quiz
Daryl “Moose” Johnston Encourages Men to Get in the Game and Talk About LOW TESTOSTERONE Watch this short (Video)
To find a doctor who specializes in hormones GOOGLE the following. doctor specializing in male hormones toronto or add whatever community you live in. Do it today!!!
I have seen men in their late 50’s and 60’s who can cum twice in an hour and who have firm erections. They are not using Cialis or Viagara (yes I can tell when they use it) and no judgment against those who do whatsoever. I just suggest that you get to the root of the problem. These men show me that it is possible to keep the erections and ejaculations going as you age. Don’t just accept it as a normal part of aging especially if you are between 40 and 65, it doesn’t have to be.
Take the quiz, if you have the symptoms, do something about it. If you don’t have the classic symptoms and you still have erectile issues, please see a specialist to rule out any other potentially life altering issues. Don’t ignore it. Your health is important and is critical to enjoying a great life!
This image below shows other factors that play a role in supporting your testosterone levels. I actually supplement with each and every one of these to ensure that I am providing my body with the these essentials, I am certain I do not get sufficient amounts through my diet.
I am not going to ramble on here about the reasons why you may not be either, but if you are interested, here is a good link to check it out for yourself. Do you need nutritional supplements?
I encourage you to not just accept the fact that you are getting older. I am not, and those of you who know old I really am, you know that I walk the talk.
It is possible to look good and feel great! You owe it to yourself to be as healthy as possible, especially if your happiness is important to you! Without your health my friend, you will find you have nothing. Take charge of your life and find out if you could improve your health and your sexuality today!!