Men, if you feel like you are losing your mojo then maybe it time to check your testosterone level. Aging men will have a predictable decline in the male sex hormone, testosterone, leading to decreased energy and fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and loss of sex drive or erectile function. They will also have increasing risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and dementia.
The decline in male hormones is called andropause, with a decline in hormones similar to menopause in women, but it occurs over 10-15 years instead of the few years it takes for menopause. And men can supplement their hormones, just like women. With declining testosterone levels men tend to feel more and more apathetic, with decreasing motivation, security, and confidence. Feeling so blah causes many men to feel anxious or depressed. Insomnia is also common. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a well- established science and there are hundreds of studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of TRT.
Some of the largest studies, and some over 20 years long, show that men who are low in testosterone have about a 50% increased death rate over the subsequent decade when compared to men with normal testosterone levels.
Testosterone is the predominant male hormone; it is produced in the testes and adrenal glands. Testosterone can convert to dihydrotestosterone (DHT,) the more potent male hormone. DHT produces the male sexual characteristics such as body hair, erections and a deep voice.
Testosterone can also convert to estradiol, which can generate symptoms such as a female body appearance, reduce body hair and a female voice. Because testosterone levels decrease with age, men will experience mental and physical Symptoms of testosterone deficiency over time. There are daily fluctuations in testosterone levels. Some factors that decrease testosterone levels include: intense physical activity, frequent sexual intercourse, emotional stress, and a diet high in concentrated sugars.
Benefits of Testosterone
- Libido – Testosterone is the most important hormone for maintaining sex drive.Normal levels can increase sexual satisfaction, in addition to increasing sexual desire and responsiveness. It can have a beneficial effect in men with erectile dysfunction.
- Blood Sugar & Insulin – Testosterone can decrease obesity by reducing fat mass and increasing lean muscle mass. Testosterone also helps decrease the incidence of diabetes by its action of increasing the efficacy of insulin.
- Brain, Mood & Memory – Depression is one of the major symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. Normal levels have a significant effect on mood, sense of wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, self- confidence and self-worth.
- Skin – Testosterone is responsible for male pattern hair growth. Testosterone preserves skin collagen, which protects the skin from thinning. It also increases sebaceous gland activity, which helps lubricate the skin.
- Bones – Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) directly stimulates receptors on the osteoblasts (bone building cells) to stimulate bone growth, bone mineralization and repair of damaged bone. It also works together with estrogen to preserve and rebuild the joint cartilage between bones.