More and more, men are now recognizing that the slide in energy and vitality that can start in the midlife is not inevitable. The effects of testosterone and other hormone decline are often subtle and gradual. Fortunately, there is growing awareness that these changes are not “just aging” and steps can be taken to address symptoms and functional decline. The same interventions will also help you feel and function better in the future, and are part of a holistic approach to preventative health for cardiovascular and most other diseases of aging.
REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FOR MEN
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Testosterone for Men - Key Ingredient for Optimal Health and Quality of Life
Testosterone is what makes men men and it is essential to normal development and reproductive function. It also continues to be important throughout the lifespan in preserving health and influencing factors important in quality of life such as energy, drive, mental capacity and mood. Testosterone levels fall with age on average about 1-2% per year; the Massachusetts Male Aging Study found a 23% decline in free testosterone for each decade.
Between age 43 and 70 men can lose on average 2 inches in height, 15% of bone density and 10-20 pounds of muscle. These are the outward signs; on the inside blood sugar and insulin rise and unhealthy cholesterol levels develop as the body coats the organs in visceral fat and the arteries start to thicken then clog. The signs and symptoms of falling testosterone are often attributed to “normal aging”: weight gain, loss of energy and interest in being physically active, thinning skin, declining libido and erectile function yet if testosterone is low and then corrected these problems improve.
Testing blood levels is an accurate way to measure testosterone values both as a baseline and as a means of tracking improvement. The most precise tests are the bioavailable testosterone and/or the free testosterone.
Restoring testosterone to the upper end of the range can be achieved through direct replacement of testosterone or indirect hormone boosting; this decision depends on age and preference. The most direct approach is often to take replacement testosterone directly with gels or patches or by weekly injection. Lifestyle improvement may boost testosterone levels by about 10% and this may be enough when decline in testosterone levels is mild and is a good approach for healthy aging. Losing weight, eating more protein, less sugar and refined carbohydrates, strenuous work outs and getting a solid night’s sleep help.
Ultimately, testosterone optimization works best to offset the physiologic and psychological effects of aging when combined with an optimal-health lifestyle.