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Low Testosterone Levels and Chronic Diseases in Men

September 24, 2020

Testosterone deficiency, also known as male hypogonadism, occurs when the body’s sex glands produce little to no hormones. This condition affects men of all ages. Hormonal imbalance has a direct effect on overall health. Many men are unaware that the symptoms they live with are related to hormone levels. You may be suffering from weight gain, irritability, problems in the bedroom, or loss of muscle mass. These common symptoms are associated with unbalanced hormones, although many people just chalk them up as age-related. Researchers are learning that declining levels of testosterone contribute to a decline in general health, as well as increases risk for chronic disease.

Recent studies have proven that low levels of testosterone in men could lead to increased risk of developing a number of chronic conditions, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, arthritis, clinical depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pulmonary disease. Scientists have found a direct correlation between low levels of testosterone and the resistance of insulin, which is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Low testosterone levels can be a marker of early mortality and can lead to the activation of genes linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. The mortality rates of heart disease in men with low testosterone are nearly double compared to those with normal levels.

Restoring testosterone levels can help improve your overall health, with positive changes to your mood, sexual desire and function, metabolic function, exercise capacity, cognitive impairment, and increased energy levels. Results are showing testosterone replacement therapy has a substantial effect on obesity and body composition, especially muscle mass.

Here at Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, VA, we treat hormonal imbalance with a comprehensive combination of bioidentical hormones and lifestyle changes. Our program is specially formulated to help you lose weight, feel more energized, and regain your sense of vitality. We specialize in safe and effective therapies to help improve your performance and get you back to enjoying your life again.

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