We’re all struggling and the world is hurting right now.
We know that chronic stress, loss of a job, kids that were supposed to be at college but had to come home, and restricted social activities directly impact your testosterone levels.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is made in the testicles. Testosterone hormone levels are important to normal male sexual development and functions.
During puberty (in the teen years), testosterone helps boys develop male features like body and facial hair, deeper voice, and muscle strength. (Men need testosterone to make sperm.)
Testosterone levels generally decrease with age, so older men tend to have low blood testosterone levels.
What is Low Testosterone?
Some men have low testosterone levels. This is called Low Testosterone (Low-T).
The American Urology Association (AUA) identifies low blood testosterone (Low-T) as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). These symptoms or conditions may accompany Low-T:
- Low sex drive
- Reduced lean muscle mass
- E. D.
- There are many other possible reasons for these symptoms, such as: opioid use, some congenital conditions (medical conditions you are born with), loss of or harm to the testicles, diabetes, and obesity (being overweight). See your personal provider regarding your own meidcal care if you have any of these symptoms.
How Common is Low Testosterone in Men?
Naturally, male hormones typically decline 1-2% annually.
Or approximately 14% every 10 years.
By their mid-forties, many men have lost almost half their prime levels.
In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man’s growth hormone falls about 14 percent every 10 years.
By the time he reaches 40, he’s lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20 years old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5 percent of their original growth hormones. These imbalances can happen at any age. Fortunately there are male treatment options available.
Hormones and Men
Yes! Men have hormones too and symptoms of aging or feeling old are often the result of a decline in testosterone and growth hormones.
Naturally, male hormones typically decline 1-2% annually or approximately 14% every 10 years and by their mid-forties, many men have lost almost half their prime levels.
In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man’s growth hormone falls about 14 percent every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he’s lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20 years old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5 percent of their original growth hormones. These imbalances can happen at any age. Fortunately there are male treatment options available.
Think back to your teenage years and you’ll understand.
Here’s another surprise – men also need estrogen, just in smaller amounts, in addition to the standard male testosterone you likely know more about.
Estrogen helps to slow bone loss in both genders, and progesterone is a pre-curser for testosterone – the male sex hormone. A side note to really blow your mind – women have testosterone hormones as well, in smaller amounts. This just goes to show you how complex our hormone systems really are.
When our hormone system (the endocrine system, specifically) isn’t functioning properly, we suffer from a range of health and medical issues, become more at-risk for serious complications, and generally feel less like ourselves overall.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men
While both men and women can have hormonal imbalances, men tend to have similar symptoms but they are called by different names.
This is mainly because the varying levels of hormones produced by men and women are different.
Unfortunately, a hormonal imbalance in men can often go misdiagnosed or may not be properly acknowledged as the underlying cause of another issue.
Common symptoms for men with a hormone imbalance include:
- Decreased sexual performance/erectile dysfunction
- Low libido/sex drive
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Fatigue and/or insomnia
- Brain fog/difficulty making decisions
- Anxiety and depression
- Metabolic syndrome
The only way to know for certain if these symptoms are a cause of hormone imbalance is to check specifically for low testosterone levels.
It is most commonly performed as a blood test, however can be done through saliva or urine testing as well.
What Causes Hormone Imbalance in Men?
Hormonal imbalances are not caused by just one factor – they are caused by a contribution of multiple factors, both internal and external.
Risk factors that you can control include:
- Diet – a diet that is high in processed foods is a major culprit
- Sedentary lifestyle – not getting enough exercise can lead to several major health complications
- Stress levels – everyday stresses can affect hormone levels drastically
- Environmental toxin exposure – living in heavily populated cities with human-produced pollution can affect your hormones and create other various health concerns
Risk factors that are out of your control:
- Genetic disposition – if it runs in your family, may or may not affect you as well
- Medical history – some medications and health problems contribute to hormonal imbalances, even after you’ve stopped treatment or resolved the issue
- Age –in men causes a natural degeneration of hormone production that can lead to andropause.
- Environmental toxin exposure – yes, this is listed under both controllable and non-controllable. You can choose to live away from a pollution-producing factory, but you can’t choose to live away from natural pollutions such as pollen dispersal and organic compound evaporation (rain!).
What is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men?
Naturally, male hormones typically decline 1-2% annually, and by their mid-forties, many men have lost almost half their prime levels.
Sometimes, called andropause, it’s similar to women experiencing menopause.
Men can begin to suffer uncomfortable symptoms from lower testosterone levels caused by andropause.
Whether your symptoms are caused by the natural deterioration of hormones, lifestyle factors, or even factors that are outside of your control, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel great again.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Replacement is a proven method to help regain a healthy hormonal balance.
When administered properly, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men can bring your hormones back to a healthy and normal state, which will improve your overall health and well-being.
When your hormones are at their optimal levels, side effects and symptoms are reduced or reversed.
Common favourable outcomes experienced by men after Bioidentical Hormone Therapy include:
- Higher levels of energy, motivation and concentration
- Better intimacy with significant other
- Better performance in the bedroom
- Better sleep
- Increased happiness and reduced depression
- Increased muscle strength and stamina
- Healthier metabolic numbers