A CNN Report from 2018
Hearing an older man talking about feeling tired, losing muscle mass, or having a decrease in sex drive is probably not surprising to anyone. Hearing that men can suffer from male menopause, that will get your attention. It all has to do with testosterone.
Just as older men can suffer from decreased testosterone levels, young men can as well – and it’s something that is happening enough that major news outlets like CNN have covered it this year.
Low testosterone isn’t just an ‘aging’ thing. Several things can impact this hormone level:
- Overall Health
- Being Overweight
- Insufficient Sleep
Younger guys are sharing sexual concerns such as erectile problems that are typically seen in older men. When a man is living with some of the triggers mentioned above, it is very possible that they are suffering from low testosterone. These symptoms always contribute to the problem.
What You Can Do About This Mainstream Issue
In 2018, men have more options than ever to turn around less than optimal testosterone (no matter their age).
Exercise and healthy eating are a great way to increase your testosterone – but do keep in mind that not all exercise is equal. Naturopathic physicians will tell you that the best way to boost testosterone naturally through exercise is by weight lifting – especially using large muscle groups.
Through diet, choose foods that contain carbs which take longer to break down such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, and whole grains – all are great choices!
Introducing healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, and organic lean meats which are grass-fed and grass finished.
AND A LITTLE FACT YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW – most testosterone is produced between 5am and 7am, so getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important. Here’s an excuse to turn the thermostat right to where you like it – set it to a temperature that is optimal for your comfort so you can sleep through the night. Also, taking a warm shower before bed and doing deep breathing prior to laying down is a habit.
Male Menopause and Naturopathic Care at Live Well Wellness Center
Men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone should consider taking supplements after talking with their healthcare provider. Vitamin D and zinc support testosterone production. There are also natural herbs that can help stimulate testosterone production.
Another option is testosterone-replacement therapy. You’ve probably heard about the side effects of this type of treatment usually done by injection. There’s a better way to do it. At Live Well Wellness Center, we use pellet therapy by BioTE®. Pellet Therapy is a treatment that releases natural, bio-identical testosterone which is absorbed consistently into the body as needed.
If you’ve noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above in yourself or someone you love, it might be caused by lower levels of testosterone. Our BioTE® hormone therapy can help alleviate many of these symptoms. You can also talk with Dr. McConnell about supplements to optimize testosterone production. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell by calling us at 480.752.7600.