Testosterone levels play a major role in overall health for men. According to Harvard Health Publishing, we provide hormone replacement therapy the development of reproductive organs, deepens the voice and enhances hair growth during puberty, increases muscle size and strength, improves bone growth and increases libido and sperm production.
Recent research also shows that chronic disease risk may also be linked to testosterone levels.
Chronic disease & low testosterone levels linked
Researchers from Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan found that the prevalence of chronic conditions in males increases with age, and testosterone levels drop as they get older. The team found that there is, in fact, a direct correlation between these issues.
“If we look at data for men from a population level, it has become evident over time that chronic disease is on the rise in older males,” said Mark Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., FACSM, the lead author of the study and assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine. “But we’re also finding that a consequence of being obese and physically inactive is that men are seeing declines in testosterone even at younger ages.”
Peterson and his team of researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine chronic disease diagnoses as well as testosterone levels and found an association in low total testosterone and multimorbidity.
“This study showed a robust association between testosterone and multiple medical morbidities that could influence the way we think about testosterone in general practice,” Co-author Aleksandr Belakovskiy, M.D., a resident in family medicine at Michigan Medicine said. “While these findings cannot prove causation, it does spark the need for better clinical awareness and more research.”
Who has low testosterone?
While there’s no clear sign that you may have low testosterone levels, there are various signs and symptoms that may encourage you to visit a specialist. Low energy, a reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression, loss of muscle mass and hair are all things to consider if you’re worried about your testosterone.
Consider restorative medicine at the Longevity Centres
At the Longevity and Stem Cell Centre of Houston, we provide hormone replacement therapy for those living with low testosterone levels. Treatments available include hormone pellet implant therapy and testosterone injections. Hormone pellet implant treatment is a long-term gentle dose option, while testosterone injections are given bi-weekly. Both have shown to encourage muscle growth, improve endurance, increase sex drive and boost confidence.
At the Longevity Centres, we want to help you live your life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about one of the restorative options.