Testosterone, the sex hormone responsible for sexual and reproductive development of men, is often referred to as the “fountain of youth.”
But your male hormones do more for your body than just boost your sex drive.
When your hormones are in balance, there is an increase in cardiac function, your quality of life and functional capacity. But when there is an imbalance, you may feel lethargic, experience trouble sleeping, memory issues, moodiness, low energy and or low libido.
If you are starting to look, feel and act like the Statler and Waldorf, the Muppet characters known for their cantankerous opinions, you may want to schedule an appointment with your cardiologist.
It’s not just about testing your testosterone level. It’s finding the cause and prescribing the right treatment. A blood test is all you need to start the process. Based on the results, your physician will then try to figure out what is causing the problem.
If your level is age-related, then supplements are the optimum way to go. Supplements come in the form of gels, creams, injectables or pellets and your healthcare practitioner will know what form is best for you.
Believe it or not, men have an enzyme called Aromatase which converts testosterone into estrogen, the female reproductive hormone. Ironic, right? The result is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and prostate cancer. The high estrogen level can also cause your body to form clots which can lead to a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. If your testosterone level is low and your estradiol level is high because of Aromatase, then your physician can prescribe something to block the enzyme.
Sometimes low testosterone level is caused by a tumor in your pituitary gland which is generally treated with medication or surgery.
There are also natural ways to treat low testosterone levels:
Try weight lifting
Take supplements like fish oil/ omega- 3 fatty acids based on your doctor’s recommendation
Ask about specific botanicals which have been found to be effective
And of course, the standard triumvirate: Healthy eating, 7-8 hours of sleep and controlling stress can make the difference.
Ready to check your levels and restore your fountain of youth?
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