Experts estimate that around a third of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone.
Testosterone is crucial to the function and development of men and is synonymous with masculinity. While both men and women produce testosterone, men’s natural levels are much higher, resulting in the development of masculine features, such as facial hair, deeper voice, increased muscle mass, body fat distribution and more.
Many factors are associated with low testosterone in men, including ageing, high body fat levels, low muscle mass, poor lifestyle habits, low levels of vitamins and minerals (vitamin D etc.), alcohol and drug use, chronic health issues and even direct injury to the testes.
So, how can you tell if your testosterone is low? Common symptoms include lethargy, erratic mood, reduced muscle mass, reduced bone mass, development of metabolic syndrome, reduced red blood cell count, low sperm count and volume, and erectile dysfunction.
This decrease in testosterone production is sometimes referred to as “andropause”, similar to menopause in women. A key difference between the two is that while women cease to produce sex hormones after menopause, men’s testosterone tapers off by around 1 to 2% per year on average. Age-related reductions in testosterone are not solely attributable to natural causes, with changes in lifestyle being key factors. Sleep, diet, exercise and more may be the true drivers of these changes. 🙌
Managing testosterone levels are thankfully within our control and these simple lifestyle changes make a big difference! 😃
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