This video report from WebMD looks at the health risks that come from having low testosterone and why testosterone replacement is still a risky solution to the problem.
Physical and mental abilities can weaken as we get older and a big part of it is down to our T levels dropping. Most men want to stay virile for as long as possible and they will do anything to keep levels high.
Experts are now finding links between the male sexual hormone production and various chronic diseases that are associated with the aging process.
Problems of Low Tetsosterone
25% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone but it can affect men of all ages.
The physical and mental dysfunctions include:
- Decreased Muscle Mass
- Decreased Sexual Desire
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Low Energy & Fatigue
- Metabolic syndrome – a condition that often leads to diabetes
The following Lifestyle Changes can often lift levels back up:
- Diet changes – including testosterone boosting foods & supplements
- A Good Exercise Program – especially gym strength training
- Fat Loss – obesity has a negative effect on a man’s testosterone levels
- Stress Management – adequate sleep & rest
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is Risky
If a patient has low testosterone readings and he is also displaying symptoms associated with low T then many doctors are now treating such cases with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to increase levels. This is usually done with the use of injections, gels or patches.
There are some worrying risks associated with this type of treatment. There is also no long-term use data available for doctors to make a full assessment of the risks, it is unknown territory.
TRT Risks include:
- Too many red blood cells leading to heart failure
- Dangerous Mood Swings
- Testicles will shrink – maybe irreversible
- Addiction – leading to lifelong usage
Due to these risks physicians are now trying to take a much more conservative approach to low testosterone such as recommending that patients make lifestyle changes and use natural supplements.
Doctors Recommend Natural Methods First
The health risks of low testosterone are clear and as we all age it is inevitable that your T levels will drop.
To enjoy a more fulfilling life and to avoid life-threatening illnesses many doctors are now recommending more conservative treatments such as natural testosterone boosters that help boost and maintain optimal T levels.
You can also make smart lifestyle changes to your diet and workout routine.