Men's Health Issues
Testosterone levels decline steadily after age 40. The decline is relatively small, at an average rate of about 1% to 2% percent per year. By middle age and older, virtually all men experience some decline in testosterone -- but only a small percentage of aging men have levels far below those considered normal for their age.
Low testosterone is associated with heart disease, depression, Metabolic Syndrome, diabetes, cognitive disorders and even osteoporosis. A 2007 study found that low testosterone was associated with increased risk of death from heart disease, cancer and all causes. One of the reasons that low testosterone is so deadly is that it somehow effects all the major cardiovascular markers. One recent large scale epidemiological study found that low testosterone men, < 250, were 1) fatter, 2) had lower HDL, 3) higher triglycerides, 4) higher blood pressure and 5) higher blood glucose. The low testosterone men were tracked over 18 years and it was found that they had a 40% higher death rate from all causes!
The symptoms of low testosterone usually creep up upon you slowly and quitely. Because of this, many guys ignore their low testosterone symptoms for months or even years: they literally get used to to feeling lousy and functioning poorly.
Signs & Symptoms
Loss of muscle
Increased weight gain
Decreased facial hair
High cholesterol (high LDL/low HDL)
Low sperm count