Hypogonadism is the medical term for low testosterone and it has been thought to be an issue with around 13 million men in the U.S. alone. A study published in the Journal of the America College of Cardiology found that men with a lower level of testosterone may face a higher risk of having hardened arteries which as we well know can cause heart disease. In this study Researchers compared the artery thickness in 99 men between ages of 40 and 70 who had symptoms of low testosterone with that of 140 men of the same age who did not have symptoms. As men age, their testosterone levels drops by an estimated 10% per decade, sometimes culminating into such symptoms as low libido, erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, an increase in body fat. Several other studies that looked at male problems such as difficulty in maintaining erections and having low testosterone found not only that these issues can be markers for heart disease but that treatment of such can have a positive effect on ones heart health.
As a man ages he experiences many health issues that can include less healthy bodily functions, a lowering of his libido, a lower density of bodily and facial hair and weaker bone strength. This condition also causes the muscles to wastes away and above and it has been discovered that those men having a lower that usual level of testosterone can have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity. A low testosterone level can cause him to loss motivation in his daily activities and chores and add inches to the waistline.
Some symptoms of a low testosterone level may include:
- Lack of energy
- Decrease in sex drive
- Decrease in strength and endurance
- Sadness or grumpiness.
- Potency of erectile strength.
- Decreased work performance
It is a wise choice for any man over the age of 35 to get his testosterone levels checked and analyzed and get his blood lipids, prostate antigen and glucose levels tested as well. Replacement therapy can be in the form of injectable depots, transdermal patches and gels, subcutaneous pellets, oral therapy and of course a healthy diet packed with lots of nuts, cheeses, eggs, salmon and other seafood, avocados and liver.
Appropriate testosterone therapy can prevent or reduce your chances of getting osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety and cardio-vascular heart disease.