Why do some men continue to look and feel young?
The short answer is that there is a strong correlation between testosterone levels and overall sexual health. Testosterone is a key hormone that helps you look and feel younger. In particular, testosterone plays one of the most important roles in a man’s overall vitality and sexual pleasure. Men’s testosterone levels are often highest in adolescence and early adulthood, but gradually decrease over time. In fact, men 30 and older have been predicted to see a 1.6% decrease in total testosterone levels each year. Low testosterone, or Low T is a condition that occurs when the body does not make enough testosterone and causes a variety of symptoms including erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, infertility, decreased muscle mass, fat gain, mood swings, unexplained emotions, and fatigue. Depending on who you speak to, “normal” testosterone levels can vary significantly. This is why it’s so important to have your levels checked by a provider who specializes in testosterone replacement therapy.
As men age, changes in body composition are common, leading to muscle loss and an increase in fat mass, especially visceral and central fat. Evidence-based practices suggest that men aged 24 to 85 years on testosterone treatment saw an increase in muscle mass with a complete reduction in central and visceral obesity. A decrease in visceral fat is important as we now know that it is a predisposing factor that leads to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Evidence-based practices have also shown that low-T men who started testosterone replacement therapy experienced a decrease in fat content, a decrease in total cholesterol, an increase in bone mineral density, an improvement in erectile dysfunction, an improvement in cognition, and an improvement in mood men with diabetes experienced better blood sugar control. Any combination of these factors can ultimately lead to more energy and an increase in activity, resulting in a more youthful look and feeling young again!
If you feel like you have low testosterone levels, take our Low-T Symptom Quiz or contact us for a free telephone consultation.