If you are a man who suffers from a condition characterized by chronic pain, you undoubtedly have concerns about aging longevity, as this issue may already be preventing you from living your life to the fullest. However, new research has revealed that such medical problems might keep you from aging gracefully in another way – by lowering your testosterone levels.

It isn't the illnesses that cause this decrease, but rather the long-lasting opioids that are used to manage them. According to ScienceDaily, scientists from the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center in California have found that young men who take painkillers like Oxycontin or Vicodin for an extended period of time are significantly more likely to see a substantial drop in their testosterone levels.

"For years, doctors have been encouraged to prescribe long-acting opioids rather than short-acting opioids because we believed they were safer, had less abuse potential and offered more consistent pain control," said Dr. Andrea Rubinstein.

But, in light of the recent study, she adds: "We are now finding that the long-term use of opioids may have important unintended health consequences."

As we've reviewed in the past, many mental and physical issues often believed to be a natural part of the aging process can be attributed to a natural dip in this hormone. The source notes that depleted testosterone stores can affect everything from libido to mood to bone density.

Thankfully, though, there are tried-and-tested anti-aging techniques that can help address these common concerns. At Longevity Centres of America, we offer hormone pellet therapy, including testosterone pellet implants, to restore your natural levels of this all important chemical. For information about bioidentical hormones in Houston and Denver, call or visit one of our clinics.