Testosterone deserves its reputation. This potent hormone really does help guys feel powerful and, well, manly. It gives you energy and supercharges your sex drive, keeping you virile and ready to go in the bedroom.
That why when most folks think about dropping testosterone levels, they focus on dwindling sex drive. But it turns out low testosterone can have some other serious consequences that don’t have a thing to do with your sex life.
According to a recent study published in Scientific Reports, University of Michigan researchers have linked low testosterone with higher rates of some serious chronic diseases, including…
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
Men over the age of 60 with low testosterone were far more likely to have two or more of these conditions than men in their 40s and 50s were.
And you don’t even have to have basement low T levels to send your risk climbing. Your risk for these chronic diseases goes up after just a moderate drop in testosterone.
In fact, it doesn’t have to get low enough for your doctor to diagnose you with an official testosterone deficiency. A testosterone insufficiency is enough to cause your risk to skyrocket.
Low testosterone could be making you sick and tired
The new study is shocking, but it isn’t the first time we’ve seen a connection between low-T and the kind of health complaints that go hand in hand with aging.
Surprisingly, earlier research has connected chronically low testosterone to these other four common conditions too…
Feeling fatigued? Drooping testosterone levels could be the cause.
Now, I’m not just talking about a little tiredness during the day. Or even feeling wiped out by bedtime. This is the kind of deep, down in your bones fatigue that makes it difficult to get off the couch, let alone function during the day.
If you find yourself feeling tired, make an effort to get several solid nights of sleep. Make sure you’re eating well. If you’re still dragging it’s time to give your doc a call and ask about testosterone testing.
2. Muscle loss:
You know the stereotype of the “old man” who shuffles along moving as slow as molasses in January I’m sure. Well it turns out that all too common scenario could be rooted in low testosterone.
Muscle mass does more than make you look good. It helps support your joints and keep you mobile. And it allows you to stay a strong, vibrant and independent senior.
Research published in the journal PLoS One linked low testosterone to the loss of muscle mass or wasting we sometimes see with aging.
3. Weak bones:
Thinking of osteoporosis, or fragile bones, as just a women’s problem is a mistake. Guys can experience a drop in bone mass as they age too.
Testosterone doesn’t just fuel your sex life. It also helps build and strengthen bone. So when your levels get low enough, you risk losing bone mass, which increases your risk of fractures.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, can make simply taking a deep breath a major struggle. You probably know smoking is the biggest risk factor for COPD. But it turns out low testosterone may be linked to the condition too.
A study published in the European Respiratory Journal revealed that men who struggle with COPD have lower levels of testosterone than the men whose lungs are healthy.
Experts aren’t entirely sure why the two are connected. But it could have to do with that loss of muscle mass I mentioned earlier. When you lose muscle, your activity level drops too. And some experts believe lack of exercise can cause the early lung function changes and the decline that leads to full blown COPD.
Time to get your testosterone checked
A lagging libido is a problem. But it’s not the only reason to talk to your doctor about low testosterone.
We now know low T can contribute to serious health problems too. While healthy testosterone levels improve mood, support heart health and even allow you to burn fat more efficiently.
A simple blood test will let you know if your levels are dropping. If you find out your numbers are low talk with your doctor about your options.
With a small dip, diet changes and certain supplements could give you the boost you need. If the situation is more severe, bioidentical hormone replacement may be an option.
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