June 24, 2024

Men’s Health Month | Testosterone:

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The Missing Piece To Optimizing Male Health And Longevity

June is National Men’s Health Month, a time to focus on preventable health issues and early disease detection in men. This year, we’re shining a spotlight on a pressing issue: hormone health, specifically the alarming trend of low testosterone in men.

Male hormone balance is a foundational pillar of overall health, profoundly influencing multiple facets of a man’s life. From physical strength and vitality to emotional wellness and cognitive function, the impact of hormones is far-reaching. Imbalances can lead to a cascade of health issues, undermining quality of life and even increasing the risk of chronic diseases and premature mortality.

The Growing Prevalence and Impact of Low Testosterone

One of the most common and insidious men’s health issues is low testosterone, or “low T.” In recent years, studies have shown that testosterone levels in men have been steadily declining, leading to a wide range of health issues affecting their overall wellbeing. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, average male testosterone levels significantly decreased from 1987 to 2004, affecting men of all ages.

Consider these alarming statistics:

• Approximately 20% of US men over 60, 30% over 70, and 50% over 80 have low T (defined as levels below 300 ng/dL).

• Starting in their mid-30s, men experience a gradual decline in testosterone at an average rate of 1.6% per year.

• The symptoms of low T can significantly impact a man’s life, manifesting as low energy, reduced sex drive, mood swings, increased body fat, difficulty building muscle, and more.

Despite the high prevalence, data suggests that over 3 million men in the US suffer from testosterone deficiency, and shockingly, only 32% will seek treatment. This highlights the urgent need for early detection and treatment. Untreated low T can lead to long-term health problems, including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive decline. By taking action early, men can significantly improve their health outcomes and quality of life.

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