Hormones are chemicals in the body that signal organs to regulate essential functions, such as sleep, homeostasis, digestion, immune response, mood regulation, and sex drive. One of the most common hormonal imbalance issues in men is low testosterone. Men don’t just need testosterone for sex. While maintaining healthy levels of testosterone certainly is necessary for a healthy sex drive and all of the benefits that come with that, maintaining healthy levels of testosterone is essential for continued, holistic wellbeing in men.
There are a number of reasons that men may start to experience reduced levels of testosterone, but the most common factor is age. Roughly 40% of men over the age of 40 experience low levels of testosterone and that percentage only goes up as age increases. Other factors may include stress, environmental toxins, alcohol abuse, injury, metabolic disorders, obesity, pubertal delay, diabetes and many more.
Testosterone affects the whole body – from mood to energy levels to sex drive to metabolism. Low testosterone is linked with a variety of different symptoms and complications. Testosterone has a well-documented role in cardiovascular health and bone density and research shows that testosterone has been associated with lowering the risk of a heart attack and high blood pressure. Optimal testosterone levels positively affect muscle tone, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, the immune system, weight, mood, bone health, skin, libido, sperm production, sleep, as well as heart, liver and brain health.
Effects of Low Testosterone in Men
Low levels of testosterone will no doubt result in lower libido and sexual performance, but there are other serious problems with low testosterone that are concerning as well. Many men experience significant weight gain that won’t seem to go away even with healthy eating habits and plenty of exercise. In addition, many men are confused by the lack of results after using medication to help lower cholesterol. Low testosterone is often the root cause of these issues. This is because the body often produces cholesterol as an attempt to make up for the lack of testosterone.
Other serious symptoms that result from low testosterone levels include low energy levels, feelings of depression, problems with concentration, erectile dysfunction, thinning hair, bone loss, sleep apnea and much more.
Get to the bottom of your health struggles by visiting our experts here at VitaHealth. We can go over your symptoms during your consultation and provide advanced testing to determine if your levels of testosterone are low. Once we know what is going on, we will create a personalized treatment plan that works for you to get your body feeling as it should.