Testosterone decline in Men

testosterone decline in men

Testosterone decline in Men

Testosterone decline in  men and the health affects

Testosterone declines with age. This is no secret.

More specifically, after the age of 30, studies show testosterone can drop as much as 1.6% per year.  It’s true that this is a natural part of aging, but there are ways to slow this progress and help you stay as strong and full of vitality into older age.

So why does testosterone drop with increasing age? Decreases in testosterone can be caused by a number of factors  :-

    • lifestyle choices
    • medical conditions
    • alcohol
    • medications
    • chronic stress

However more likely than not, it is simply because as men age, the glands responsible for producing testosterone become less efficient,  resulting in decreases in the hormone.

So how does this affect overall health in men?

One major and well-known effect of low testosterone is changes in mood and depression. Many studies have shown men with low testosterone are at greater risk of inconsistent moods, depression and declining cognitive function.

Another issue of decreasing testosterone is a noticeable change in body composition. This means you may experience loss of muscle mass and increases in fat, particularly around your belly, as well as a loss of strength. Furthermore, over 70% of men with recorded low levels of testosterone experience erectile dysfunction which can be very frustrating.

On a more medically serious note, low testosterone has also been linked to increased chances of coronary heart disease, which is among the leading killers of men worldwide.

Taking control of testosterone levels

Okay enough of the doom and gloom I am sure you get the picture. Although decreasing testosterone and its effects do seem totally out of your control, there are some very simple ways to limit/slow this reduction in testosterone.

These methods include:-

    • regular exercise especially weight bearing
    • healthy eating habits with less carbohydrates
    • less alcohol
    • managing stress
    • getting adequate sleep
    • maintaining a healthy weight
    • reducing or avoiding pain medications
    • avoiding BPA’s and other chemicals, pesticides and organophosphates

All of these are lifestyle decisions! Although they seem quite simple, these actions are very effective ways of slowing down the degeneration of testosterone, making your moods, health and body composition more manageable.

To finish

So, to summarize, your testosterone decreasing is a natural part of aging. However, there are still ways to minimize the effects as mentioned above. If you are younger than 40 and experiencing some of the mentioned symptoms or feel as if you are experiencing a more rapid reduction of testosterone, you may need to see a trusted naturopath or health professional. We can test your hormones and recommend herbs and dietary changes to help.

And just remember, you have the power to influence your own health outcomes!

If you would like any dietary  advice or herbal support from Kerri Abbott Naturopath , please book an appointment.

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