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Men's Health: Testosterone

Testosterone is often thought of in relation to men's sexual health. While this is true, this important hormone is also essential to decrease cardiovascular disease risk, maintain muscle mass and strength and keep us in a happy mood. These benefits are seen in both men and women with optimal testosterone levels.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles for males. Testosterone helps maintain a man's:

  • Bone density

  • Fat distribution on the body

  • Muscle strength and mass

  • Facial and body hair

  • Red blood cell production

  • Sex drive

  • Sperm production

Testosterone levels decrease as a normal part of aging. The downward trend usually starts after age 30 and continues at a rate of about one percent per year. Thus the older a man becomes, the more likely he may suffer from low T.

Other factors besides age can contribute to a drop in testosterone levels.

These factors include

  • injury to the testicles

  • pituitary gland problems

  • cancer treatments

  • certain medications

  • chronic kidney or liver disease

  • substance abuse

  • obesity

  • stress

The most common symptoms of low T are:

  • loss of sex drive

  • erectile dysfunction

  • hair loss

  • fatigue

  • loss of muscle mass

  • weight gain

  • increasing abdominal fat

Low T can be dangerous because it can place a man in danger of:

  • heart disease

  • heart attacks

  • diabetes

  • stroke

  • high blood pressure

At Lifeway Health we have several ways to measure your hormone levels and guide you in how to optimize them. Appointments can be virtual or in-person. Call today to get your appointment scheduled. (828) 761-1710

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