How Low Testosterone and Inflammation Are Connected

February 2, 2024

Inflammation is the body's response to injury, infection, or other forms of stress. When we're young, our bodies are able to handle this stress and recover quickly. But as we age, our inflammatory response can become chronic, leading to a range of health problems.

Inflammation and testosterone are closely linked in the bodies of men and women. In fact, men with low testosterone often have a higher chance of having systematic inflammation.

This is because testosterone plays a critical role in the regulation of the inflammatory process. Not only does testosterone reduce the amount of fat in your body, which is one of the drivers of inflammation, but it also directly has anti-inflammatory properties.

As we age, our bodies naturally produce less testosterone. This decline can lead to a range of symptoms, from decreased libido and energy levels to weight gain and loss of muscle mass. As the weight increases, so does inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can cause the body to produce more estrogen and gain weight, which can further suppress testosterone production, creating a downward spiral where getting back to normal seems difficult, if not impossible.

Reducing Inflammation

What can you do to reduce inflammation and support healthy testosterone levels? One key strategy is to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle. Eating anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can help to reduce inflammation in the body.

Regular exercise and stress reduction techniques like yoga and meditation can also be helpful.

In addition to these lifestyle strategies, there is also a range of supplements and medications that can help to reduce inflammation and support healthy testosterone levels.

Some natural supplements like curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation, while medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be helpful.

And of course, if none of these strategies are working, the problem might be a deeper one — you might need to consider testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

If you're struggling with low testosterone levels, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider about your options. By addressing inflammation and supporting healthy hormone levels, you can improve your overall health and well-being.

Let’s Talk About Whether TRT Is Right for You

If you think TRT is right for you, let’s talk.

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and discuss your options, schedule an appointment today.