A study just published in the March 2016 issue of the peer reviewed medical journal, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, concluded that men with low-T or low testosterone die younger from “all causes,” than men with normal testosterone levels.
The research conducted by the ANZAC Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, echoes the results of a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society conducted by the University of California at San Diego, back in 2007.
The more recent study, concluded, “Men with declining androgen status whether measured by serum [testosterone] or [calculated free testosterone], over time showed a greater risk of dying from all causes and cancer-related causes over 7 years even after adjusting for age, obesity, smoking and comorbidities.”
While the researchers concluded that men with low testosterone were at a greater risk of “early death” from “all causes”, they also found that men with low testosterone were particularly more likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
A similar study, this one conducted in Germany, drew similar conclusions about the link between Low-T and so-called “all-cause mortality.” The German study found that men with low testosterone had almost a 3 times greater risk of dying over the next 10 years, than men with higher testosterone.
The results of these and many other similar studies should encourage men known to have low testosterone to: one, consider lifestyle changes, and possible therapies to boost testosterone; and, two, to live healthier, more active lifestyles that can reduce their risk of heart disease and other common causes of premature death in men.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the main “male” hormone. It is produced primarily in the testes, and is responsible for all of the traits we typically associate with “maleness” – larger muscles, deeper voices, facial hair, etc. Once you reach puberty, testosterone plays a major role in fertility and sexual function.
Testosterone levels steadily increase through a boy’s childhood, and rise significantly as he reaches puberty, where it triggers the development of the “secondary sexual characteristics.” Testosterone peeks during your teenage years, and then levels off in your 20s.
Once a man is over 30, your testosterone level starts to steadily drop. By the time you’re on the plus side of 40, your testosterone level will decline by about 1- 2% per year.
Some men do perfectly OK with this decline, but others can profoundly feel its effects, and exhibit the signs and symptoms of low testosterone, also called “Low-T.”
Do I Have Low-T?
Besides the shortened lifespans as indicated by these numerous and eye-opening studies, men with low testosterone typically experience a general sense of “not feeling well.” They tend to report being anxious, or depressed, or going around in a kind of mental “fog.”
Other signs of low testosterone levels include:
- Losing lean muscle and extreme difficulty in gaining it back
- Unusual weight gain, particularly increases in belly fat
- Weakness and fatigue, lack of energy
- Depression, anxiety, irritability and other kinds of “moodiness.”
- Sexual performance issues
Testosterone Therapy for Low-T
Men between the ages of 35-55 are encouraged to do all of they can to keep their testosterone levels high. That means, eating right, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and getting regular exercise. Interestingly enough, that is also the best recommendations we know of to add years to your life.
Maybe the link between good testosterone levels and living longer is part of the reason!
However, if your testosterone levels are found to be lower than they should be, and lifestyle changes alone are not doing the trick, the doctors at HealthGAINS, may be able to help. You may be a candidate for testosterone therapy.
Do not let low-T keep you from doing the things you love in life, and being the best man you can be!
But the only way to know for sure if you can benefit from testosterone therapy, is to see a qualified physician. Remember, real testosterone therapy is only available through a doctor’s prescription, and only after you have been screened and properly diagnosed with low-T.
You can find out a lot more about testosterone, hormone therapy and other ways to keep doing the things you love in Dr. Gaines’ full length book, Great Gains For Life.