By Dr. Jarom Ipson, NMD
There is an epidemic of low testosterone among men in the world. For some, low testosterone can start in their early 20s. Adding to the epidemic, conventional doctors do not really understand what a low testosterone level really is of what to do about it. For most men, a total testosterone level below 600 should be considered low, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below. Above 600 is the range that best prevents the below symptoms. If you have had your testosterone levels checked and were told the levels were normal, you may need a second opinion.
Here are 10 things that happen to men with low testosterone:
1. Die Early – Having your testosterone levels in the optimal ranges decreases your risk for having a heart attack or stroke. And it also decreases your risk of getting cancer. Heart disease and cancer are the top two killers of men in the United States. Something as simple as improving your testosterone levels can help prevent these killers and help you live longer. Also, there is a connection with diabetes and low testosterone. Every single one of my diabetic male patients also has low testosterone.
2. Lose Memory and Focus – Men with low testosterone have more memory decline (dementia) and a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Also, many of my patients say they can’t focus or have ‘brain fog’ that corresponds with their low testosterone levels.
3. Poor Sex Life – Low testosterone also shows up in men as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Sometimes ‘things not working like they used to’ isn’t due to aging but more with low testosterone as the hormone is a big part of the physical and psychological sex response. Erectile dysfunction can be extremely frustrating and embarrassing, not to mention the strain on your marriage.
4. Feel Weaker – The feeling of weakness is actually the truth. Testosterone is a vital part of muscle growth and maintenance, meaning low testosterone levels can be a major player in why you are losing muscle mass, endurance, performance and strength. Low testosterone could be the major reason why you are not seeing results with your workouts. Low testosterone is also a contributor to slow recovery from workouts and injuries.
5. Afternoon Crashes or Just No Energy at All – Testosterone helps in your cells’ production and use of energy. One the major complaints I hear from men with low testosterone is they don’t have any energy or drive to do anything. They drag through the day and when they get home all they want to do is sit on the couch and watch TV. If they do get up to do things, they become exhausted quickly and it takes longer to recover.
6. Bad Moods – Testosterone is essential for regulating a man’s moods. Angry outbursts and irritability are more connected with low testosterone levels and every single male patient I’ve seen who complains about depression has had low testosterone. Often men tell me they feel emotional and sad, a direct correlation to low testosterone because the ratio of testosterone to estrogen gets out of balance and the estrogen has a stronger effect.
7. Lose Confidence – Testosterone is part of what makes a man physically feel like a man, so it shouldn’t be a shock that lower testosterone also has a major impact on confidence levels. Men with low testosterone are less assertive and driven toward making decisions and getting what they want.
8. Gain Weight and Man Boobs – Probably the most common and well-known side effect to low testosterone is weight gain, especially around the belly and breast. Your hormones control where and how you gain and lose fat. When your testosterone balance is off, males most often gain weight on the abdomen and then in the chest. The ‘dad bod’ is not your friend, and being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
9. Age Faster – Added up, one or more of these symptoms can wage a toll on your body, leading many with low testosterone to feel like they are past their peak and aging faster and faster every day. It could be the physical loss of performance or health that carries the greatest cost, or it could be the extra emotional stress that comes from the above symptoms.
10. Get Their Testosterone Checked for FREE at San Tan Natural Medicine – The last thing that should happen with all men who have one or more of the above symptoms is to get your testosterone levels checked for free at San Tan Natural Medicine. There are two ways to get scheduled: The fastest is to schedule online HERE. Second option would be to call 480-636-1068 and we can get you scheduled. Don’t spend another day suffering from any of the symptoms above. And if you have already had your testosterone levels looked at there is no harm in a second opinion.
DR. JAROM IPSON, NMD
Dr. J is a certified Naturopathic Doctor and author, who’s passionate about teaching others how their body works and putting them on a path to better health. Jarom is an expert in weight loss, pain relief, hormone balancing, natural aesthetics, digestive issues, and anti-aging.
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