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Got Testosterone? Men's Issues

Low testosterone = low energy - what you can do about it


For Vitality & Virility: Hormones Are Key"

Most men think of menopause as a woman’s health issue. Well, it happens for men too, only it’s called andropause. Andropause affects all men – no one escapes it.

In support of National Men’s Health Week, we are focusing on empowering men to take charge of their health by putting hormone testing on the top of the list.

Unfortunately, many studies are seeing a significant increase of andropause symptoms in younger men -- age 32 to 35. The cause is a decline in hormones -- primarily testosterone, thyroid, growth hormone and DHEA that normally starts about age 25 to 27.

8 Most Common Symptoms of Male Andropause:

  • Decreased mental quickness and sharpness
  • Decreased energy, strength and endurance
  • Less desire for activity and exercise
  • Decreased muscle and increased body fat
  • Mild to moderate depression and irritability
  • Depression and/or loss of eagerness and enthusiasm for daily life
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Decreased sexual function and/or sensitivity


T Levels are Dropping

Most men can expect their testosterone levels to drop by about 1 percent a year beginning in their 50s. Recently, researchers behind the Massachusetts Male Aging Study—which has been tracking behavioral and physiological traits for 1,709 men born between 1916 and 1945—noticed something strange. Men born more recently had testosterone (T) levels that were surprisingly low. The 60-year-old in 2003 had about 15 percent less testosterone than the 60-year-old in 1988. Sixty was looking like the new 70.

Questions started evolving: Had something happened? Could we be in the middle of some broad biological or environmental change affecting all men simultaneously? Why would testosterone levels in the United States today be substantially lower than they were 15 years ago?

Few answers have developed, but scientists are still searching. One answer is that males in the U.S. are typically fatter or much more overweight now then when the first trials began. As a result, heavier men typically have up to 25 percent less total testosterone than their trim counterparts do. Another answer states that use of multi pharmaceuticals (six or more) is shown to decrease T levels in males.

Good Testosterone

Despite testosterone's negative reputation, there's no solid evidence that it causes aggression or violence. On the contrary, heightened testosterone is often associated with self-confidence and social success. When challenged, Testosterone levels typically increase to get us ready whether it's a sporting event or a business meeting. Testosterone also rises after a victory, causing an increase in confidence that can leads to even more victories. A win/win situation. Who would want less of a hormone like that?

Where are Your Testosterone Levels?

The Canary Club HIS Advancedplus Hormone Profile designed especially for men is an overall assessment of male hormonal status, vitality and performance testing: Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Hormones plus your PSA levels. The Adrenal gland helps the body regulate its stress response by synthesizing corticosteroids and catecholamines, including cortisol and adrenaline. The reproductive glands (testes and ovaries) produce hormones (testosterone and estrogen) that are critical to regulating mood, energy levels, and metabolism.

Why Test Your Hormones?
 

  • Establish a baseline before entering into a program of hormone supplementation
  • Discover if there is a deficiency of hormones or an imbalance of hormones
  • Confirm that hormone supplementation is working
  • Help confirm a medical diagnosis that may be hormone related

Optimum hormonal health all starts with youthful levels of testosterone. Testosterone is what makes a man a man and keeps you healthy and vital throughout your whole life.

Hormonal imbalances affect everyone differently.  With blood and saliva testing your practitioner is able to pinpoint the source of underlying hormonal imbalances and address yor individual needs accordingly.

 

Lynn Larkin, Founder
Robin Meyer, Research Editor
Canary Club


Resources:
www.canaryclub.org
http://www.renewman.com/Andropause

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