Low Testosterone and Potential Risks
Low testosterone levels in men have historically been accompanied by other medical conditions, for instance cardiovascular disease, obesity, some types of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory and renal diseases. The big question is – does the condition of low testosterone affect men’s health by promoting these other conditions in any way, or is it just a marker which is a by-product of the more dominant health situation? A number of studies have been conducted in an attempt to understand this very question, and while the results have been mixed and somewhat inconclusive, there appears to at least be a strong association between these two factors.
Medical risks of low testosterone
To start with, statistics show a definite association between mortality rates and low testosterone. While this doesn’t mean you’re likely to die because you have low testosterone, it does mean you are at greater risk of mortality than you would be if you had normal testosterone levels. A number of studies have shown a strong correlation between low testosterone and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as a tendency to become obese, have insulin resistance (blood sugar problems), high blood pressure, increased inflammation, and type 2 diabetes. While it cannot be stated that low testosterone causes any of these other medical conditions, it seems clear enough that low-T is very often accompanied by one or more of these dangerous diseases.
What can be done to overcome low testosterone?
Since low testosterone is a condition which can very well lead to the onset of some significant diseases, it would seem desirable to take steps to overcome the low-T condition. One effective way to improve this situation is through Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Already, millions of American men use some form of TRT as a means of increasing testosterone levels. In addition to improving sexual desire and performance, this type of therapy also holds the promise of increasing mood, well-being, metabolic health, and providing greater energy levels.
The treatment is available as either a gel or as an injection which can be given at home or in a medical clinic, and its sole purpose is to restore a higher level of the masculine hormone. Some of the most easily recognizable low testosterone symptoms include difficulty concentrating, having trouble with sleeping, reduced self-confidence, declining muscle mass, increased body fat, lower sex drive, difficulty sustaining erections, or feeling fatigued, tired, and exhausted. Men who experience one or more of these symptoms, especially those over the age of 50, might well be troubled by low testosterone. In such situations, consulting with your medical provider might prove beneficial, and it could be that TRT treatment could help you considerably.
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Long-term testosterone replacement therapy improved blood sugar control and insulin resistance; it even caused remission in type 2 diabetes.
Sexual interest, mood, quality of life, erections, cholesterol, blood sugar, strength, lean mass, body fat, inflammation, and bone density.