Low Testosterone and How It Relates to Your Heart Health
Posted: December 16, 2014
Testosterone is the dominant hormone in human males. During puberty, testosterone promotes muscle growth, deepens the voice, strengthens bones, and develops the sexual reproductive organs. Once a boy turns into a man, testosterone helps keep muscles and bones strong, energy levels high, and stamina and endurance plentiful. In the most basic physiological sense, testosterone is what makes a man manly.
Sometime after age 30, men will experience a gradual decrease in natural production of testosterone at a rate of about 1 percent per year. This decline is accompanied by some common side effects: decreased strength, loss of libido, excessive fatigue, feelings of depression, and inability to focus or concentrate as before.
For decades, common perception was that this was a natural and inevitable part of aging; men were going to experience these symptoms sooner or later, no matter their lifestyle. However, recent medical research has shown that suffering from low testosterone is not necessary — and in fact is quite foolish — because it can cause more serious medical issues if the situation is not addressed professionally.
Recent studies have shown a connection between low testosterone and an increased risk for vascular complications, such as heart attack or stroke. As men reach age 70, the risk can increase by as much as 50 percent. Coupled with the debilitating symptoms along the way, any man failing to have his testosterone levels checked is doing so at his own risk.
With this information in mind, the question remains: Will you guard yourself against these debilitating symptoms, or will you remain where you are in life? If you could have even a chance of returning some of your long-lost energy, wouldn’t you at least like to give it a try? Don’t let complacency keep you from changing your life.
If you are concerned that declining testosterone production may be an issue, the providers at Low T Center can help. We assess your situation with a simple in-house blood test. If we determine you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, we tailor a treatment plan to you.
Disclaimer: This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Low T Center. You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.