Low Testosterone: It Increases Risk of Death
by Jeffrey H. Tucker, DC, DACRB
Low testosterone can rob you of your manhood. Here are just a few of the symptoms of low testosterone:
- Reduced Sex Drive: No real desire to have sex or having to "fake" interest to keep your spouse or lover satisfied.
- Loss of Muscle and Bone Density: We lose about three pounds of muscle mass per decade - resulting in a lack of strength that turns once-virile men into flabby couch potatoes.
- PLUS: Wimpy erections, disturbed sleep, fatigue, irritability, feelings of depression, poor concentration and memory lapse, heart disease, etc.
But here's something you may not realize... There's new evidence to suggest that low levels of testosterone actually increase your risk of death.
If you're experiencing any of the side effects listed above - and feeling less of a man than you used to - there's a good chance your testosterone levels may be out of whack. But don't despair...
Low Testosterone Levels May Boost the Risk of Death in Men Over 40
A recent study published in the August 14/28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that low testosterone levels may actually boost the risk of death in men over 40.( 1)
"Older males with relatively low testosterone had an 88% increased risk of death compared to those with normal testosterone levels," researchers reported.
Lead researcher Dr. Molly M. Shores of the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington, Seattle, concluded that "low testosterone in older men was associated with an increased risk for mortality."( 2)
Dr. Shores' findings were confirmed during follow-up. After 4 years, the men with low testosterone had a death rate two thirds higher than those with normal testosterones.
The fact that low testosterone can interfere with your ability to "perform" both in and out of the bedroom-and shorten your life-shouldn't surprise you.
Low testosterone can effect your health and happiness. I see it in my practice all the time…the misery low testosterone levels can inflict on a man's body, mind and spirit. In fact, men are being "feminized" by the combination of declining testosterone and rising estrogen - even young men in their 30s and sometimes in their late 20s.
These feminizing changes are due-at least in part-to the use of pesticides, chemicals and additives in the food we eat and the water we drink.
If you're worried you might have lower-than-average testosterone levels-get your level’s checked by having a blood test performed. This will tell us your production. If it is low or you feel the above symptoms, I would recommend Testralin and the meal plan listed below to boost testosterone and lower estrogen.
The Secret to Health, Vitality and Virility-Selecting Superior Quality Foods
Think back to the times of our ancient ancestors. Do you think cavemen ever had a hard time getting it up? Probably not! Heart disease was unheard of. And with no processed foods, their testosterone levels stayed high. And they had the advantage of eating a high protein, low-carb diet. Protein is essential for the production of sex hormones.
To get the maximum amount of protein, focus on the "big five:" meat, wild fish, eggs, dairy, and nuts.
Red meat: Beef is among the most nutritious foods. The protein is complete and it's a good source of creatine. Creatine makes you stronger and more energetic. Red meat is also the best source of the nutrient CoQ10, which is essential for heart health. And knowing that there's a strong connection between ED and heart disease, it makes sense that CoQ10 also plays an important role in sexual health. I recommend eating grass-fed beef. It has 20 times more of the important omega-3 fatty acids than commercial beef and none of the hormones.
Wild fish: You've probably heard that fish can be a source of mercury and other toxins. However, you can minimize these risks and enjoy the benefit of this rich source of omega-3s by choosing wild Alaskan salmon, mackerel, trout, or sardines. Chose wild over farm-raised and small over large fish. The highest levels of mercury are in swordfish, shark and king mackerel and tuna.
Eggs: Eggs are the perfect food. You can eat them every day. Sure, they contain cholesterol. They don't even raise your blood cholesterol. Sure, eggs contain cholesterol. The developing embryo needs it to produce sex hormones-and so do you. But just because they contain it, doesn't mean they'll raise your cholesterol levels. The bottom line: Eggs do not cause heart disease. In fact, there was never any evidence they did.
Egg yolks have all the required fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), iron, and heart healthy omega-3 fat. The whites have all the water-soluble B vitamins and are the source of the highest quality protein on the face of the planet.
Dairy: Dairy is "liquid meat," and full of good protein. Cheese and whole milk are a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Raw, organic milk is best.
Nuts: Nuts are rich in healthy monounsaturated fat. Walnuts and almonds among the most nutritious with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, potassium, and other minerals. Other good choices are pecans, macadamias, cashews, and brazil nuts. Enjoy them as a snack instead of chips or crackers.
Other factors like excessive drinking and smoking also have a profound effect on both your performance and stamina.
A few drinks will put you in the mood, but too many will make you useless. And smoking? Let's put it this way: the Marlboro Man doesn't see much action these days. A solid erection requires blood vessels that are flexible and able to expand. Smoking will tighten your blood vessels making them too narrow to channel the amount of blood you need for an erection.
Reignite Your Desire and Get Back in the Game
Western drugs can help you get an erection, but loss of desire is not something western science is equipped to deal with. Sure, your doctor may give you an anti-depressant, but that will only make the problem worse. You may not realize it, but many of the active ingredients in popular anti-depressants actually suppress your libido.
Testralin is designed for men aged 40 and beyond to support healthy testosterone and estrogen balance and help maintain male reproductive health. This powerful formula provides significant levels of 14 key ingredients – including green tea, flax lignans, and plant sterols – to promote healthy levels of testosterone, while helping to inhibit levels of certain testosterone and estrogen metabolites.
Proper diet and work outs (I recommend Gymsticks and Kettlebells), plus Testralin will build muscle tissue and improve blood flow. The blue little pill works on the blood flow principle.
As a tablet, I usually start with two tablets daily with a meal.
- "Low Testosterone Could Increase Death Risk", by Steven Reinberg of HealthDay Reporter, August 15, 2006 (Yahoo! Health: Men's Health News)
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Dr. Jeffrey H. Tucker graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1982. He is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and teaches a 14-hour postgraduate diplomate series on cervical and TMD rehab and lumbar spine biomechanics and rehab. Dr. Tucker practices in West Los Angeles and Encino, Calif.
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