It’s time to once again set the record straight on the risks of low testosterone.
There is increasing evidence that testosterone therapy can actually reduce the risk of certain diseases
A paper was presented at the recent annual meeting of the Endocrine Society indicating that testosterone has a “major impact” on the way the body metabolizes sugar. Noting the connection between men with type 2 diabetes and low testosterone, Dr. Daniel Kelly, of the University of Sheffield theorized that the link between the two may be stronger than ever imagined.
Kelly’s research was based upon several well-known medical facts about diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It is no secret that obese men are at greater risk to develop diabetes and heart disease. Kelly’s research suggests that the male hormone testosterone, could be the key to developing what has come to be known as “metabolic syndrome.”
Low Testosterone and Metabolic Syndrome
When you are obese, the excess fat triggers several hormonal changes in the body, not the least of which is a decline in the production of testosterone.
According to Dr. Kelly’s research, the extra pounds not only cause less production of testosterone, it converts existing testosterone in the blood stream into estrogen. This “double-pronged” attack on the most important male hormone has major impacts on the body, which can cause diabetes, as well as increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Kelly was able to demonstrate in mice, that in the presence off low testosterone, the liver and muscles are far less efficient in their ability to process sugar, and that fat, normally deposited under the skin, became diverted instead to the liver and arteries.
Once the liver and arteries are clogged up with fat, the result is often type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Kelly’s research has two major implications: one, that declining testosterone as men age, could be a contributing factor to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and, two, that testosterone replacement therapy could be a way to minimize such risks.
After hearing Dr. Kelly’s presentation, Prof Ashley Grossman, an endocrinologist at the University of Oxford, said, “[Kelly’s research] has turned the field upside down as testosterone is [now] seen to have majorly positive effects.”
Incidentally, Dr. Kelly was awarded the Endocrine Society’s Presidential Award for presenting his findings at the conference.
Testosterone Decline and the Symptoms of Low T
The fact of the matter is, testosterone levels drop as you age. The decline, beginning in your 20s, is inevitable. How much you are effected by the drop does vary from man to man. However, if you are feeling tired, putting on weight, or having sexual issues, and you are between the ages of 35 and 55, you could be experiencing low testosterone, or low T.
The good news is, after proper evaluation and diagnosis, you may benefit from testosterone therapy.
The Many Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
The truth is, testosterone therapy is quite safe when provided by qualified medical professionals, and can do much more than prevent diabetes or heart disease.
Testosterone replacement therapy can also:
- Boost vitality
- Improve muscle tone and bone health
- Improve memory and cognitive issues
- Improve libido
- Positively impact other sexual wellness issues such as Erectile Dysfunction
But, it all starts with a proper evaluation of your testosterone levels, which can only be done by a qualified medical professional. If you are interested in having your levels checked, why not consider contacting our offices for a free consultation? It could be your first step towards a whole new you!