The Dangers of Low
Testosterone in Men
Cardiac risk factors
Many men who are diagnosed with low testosterone (low T) through blood work and symptoms are aged 40–59 years; these individuals have more cardiac problems than the rest of the population. This includes the an increased risk of heart attacks as they move toward age 50. Thus, there is a link between low testosterone and a number of cardiac risk factors. Specifically, low testosterone levels are associated with cardiac risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Testosterone supplementation may increase levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” form of cholesterol that protects your heart.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity
There is clear evidence to support a link between diabetes and low testosterone levels, and men with untreated low testosterone levels are more likely to develop diabetes. Untreated type 2 diabetes can lead to a number of serious and potentially fatal side effects including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, and diabetic neuropathy.
Some studies have revealed that testosterone therapy could increase blood sugar levels and reduce fat mass in men with low testosterone. As such, a number of scientists are actively researching the potential of testosterone injections as a treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes. This could support the currently available medications to better improve patient care.
At AAI Rejuvenation Clinic, we keep up with all the latest cutting-edge research related to hormone replacement so that we can help you to help yourself.
Reduced muscle mass and muscle growth
Low testosterone levels make it very difficult to build muscle mass, no matter how much weight you lift and how many repetitions you do. Although some people counter this by purchasing testosterone therapy on the black market, this is simply gambling with your life because you have no way of knowing what you or taking or how it was produced.
Let the experts here at AAI show you a better path forward. We care deeply for all our clients; we spend extra time with them to ensure that they have the most updated information. We go the extra mile, which is why this content contains a range of information for any current or potential clients with low T.
Although inflammation is the body’s natural defense against a variety of factors, the immune response is involved in the pathogenesis of countless human diseases. Chronic (or long-term) inflammation is a major cause of low testosterone levels in men, and low testosterone levels exacerbate inflammation.
Importantly, some studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy can reduce a number of inflammatory markers and thereby reduce the effects of inflammation. Therefore, the AAI Rejuvenation Clinic bio-identical hormone optimization protocols could be beneficial in men with low testosterone who are suffering from symptoms of inflammation or inflammatory diseases.
There are many risks associated with maintaining low testosterone levels, and some low T-induced conditions develop over prolonged periods of time. For example, multiple studies have revealed that both men and women with low testosterone levels have an increased risk of developing anemia compared with individuals with normal testosterone levels.
Importantly, a 1-year study published in the Journal of Urology in April, 2016 revealed that testosterone supplementation decreased the prevalence of anemia and metabolic syndrome in adults with low testosterone levels (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(15)05150-2/abstract). Testosterone treatment also improved a number of blood parameters, such as cholesterol, hematocrit, and blood viscosity.