Could Your Low Levels of Testosterone Be Killing You?
Posted: October 6, 2015
Most men who have reached middle age or beyond have considered their own mortality. Even though it can be an uncomfortable subject, it shouldn’t be ignored — especially in light of a recent study presented to the Endocrine Society in Toronto, which suggests low testosterone may lead to greater risk of death.
The study was conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor and colleagues at the University of California at San Diego. Their research found that men who were diagnosed with low testosterone had a 33 percent greater death risk over their next 18 years of life, compared with men who had higher levels of testosterone.
Testosterone is the dominant male hormone, and it is vitally important to the proper function of many important male body systems. Testosterone levels also naturally decline as men get older, beginning sometime around age 30 in normal circumstances. The decrease annually is somewhere around 1 percent, and due to its gradual nature, most men don’t even realize it is occurring for several years.
As the testosterone deficit builds over time, common side effects emerge: loss of lean muscle, decreased sexual function, irregular sleep patterns, added body fat, loss of energy, and inability to concentrate mentally. All of these add up to a decline in overall health, which shortens life span and the quality with which those years are lived.
Fortunately, Low T Center can help. Our medical providers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone. By administering a simple blood test, we can determine if your levels are low and create a treatment plan to tailored to you.
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