Men’s Health

As men age, they lose hormones just as women do. It is less dramatic, but equally devastating. Many things can contribute to suboptimal testosterone in addition to age:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Drugs
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Pain medication
  • Cholesterol medication
  • Heart disease
  • Suboptimal thyroid function

Symptoms of low testosterone

  • Weight gain, especially abdominal
  • Loss of libido-decreased sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction/decreased morning erections
  • Decreased ambition
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain/stiffness

Benefits of testosterone replacement

  • Reduction of incidence of prostate cancer
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Increased bone mass-men have a greater incidence of hip fracture at age 80 than women
  • Improved cholesterol and subsequent reduction in heart and vascular disease
  • Increased libido
  • Improved sexual function
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased anxiety/irritability
  • Improved cognition with studies suggesting prevention of Alzheimer’s

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