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Understanding Low Testosterone Levels
When it comes to Low Testosterone Levels, studies show that men’s testosterone levels have been declining for decades.
The most prominent, a 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, revealed a “substantial” drop in U.S. men’s testosterone levels since the 1980s, with average levels declining by about 1% per year.
This means, for example, that a 60-year-old man in 2004 had testosterone levels 17% lower than those of a 60-year-old in 1987.
Another study of Danish men produced similar findings, with double-digit declines among men born in the 1960s compared to those born in the 1920s.
The challenges to men’s health don’t end there. Rates of certain reproductive disorders (like testicular cancer) have risen over time, while multiple European studies have found that sperm counts are sinking.
These trends coincide with a decline in musculoskeletal strength among young men:
In a 2016 study, the average 20- to 34-year-old man could apply 98 pounds of force with a right-handed grip, down from 117 pounds by a man of the same age in 1985. Though grip strength isn’t necessarily a proxy for overall fitness, it’s a strong predictor of future mortality.
What’s behind all the downward trends? The answer is complicated.
The decline in testosterone levels is almost certainly linked to higher rates of obesity (which suppresses testosterone) and may be linked to lower rates of smoking in men (since nicotine is a potent aromatase inhibitor).
In the 2007 study, however, the age-matched declines persisted after controlling for these variables. Many observers put more weight on increased exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, parabens, and chemicals common in household products like phthalates and bisphenol A.
Also playing a role are long-term shifts in the ways we work and live. Young men are far less likely to hold jobs in manual labor, so they don’t have to be as physically strong as previous generations.
Meanwhile, certain forms of close relationships—such as marriage, fatherhood, and increased time spent with children—are causally linked to lower testosterone levels.
Yet here again the evidence is muddled: On the one hand, Gen-X and Millennial men are marrying later and having fewer kids. On the other hand, young men today are more likely to live with other people—which may promote prosocial hormones like oxytocin that are natural antagonists to testosterone. And those who are fathers are spending more time with their children.
One reason why it’s so hard to pinpoint what’s driving the declines is the sheer number of factors that could be in play.
To account for low testosterone, researchers have cited other lifestyle trends as wide-ranging as increased temperatures in homes and offices, lack of exercise, and even tight underwear. It’s also difficult to establish the direction of causality. Has testosterone declined in response to a changed world, or has the world changed to accommodate less virile men? Or is it both?
Low Testosterone: How Low Is Too Low?The bottom of a man's normal total testosterone range is variable based upon age. We don't treat labs, but instead...we treat the patient, identify what is causing various symptoms and then determine solutions.
So you see it's really about determining how you feel and what's causing the issues, regardless of a lab number...and then correcting the issues.
A lower than "normal" score on a blood test can be caused by a number of conditions, including:
Some medicines and genetic conditions can also lower a man's testosterone score. Aging does contribute to low scores. In some cases, the cause is unknown.
A low score does not always translate to symptoms, but we often find something that's off when we see lower numbers.
Hedges agrees and warns that even if a man does not have symptoms, he may be well advised to seek treatment. Low testosterone scores often lead to drops in bone density, meaning that bones become more fragile and increasingly prone to breaks.
"That's something I would want to have a conversation about," Hedges says. "Bone density issues are not always apparent."
Its really about the symptoms...
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Low Energy
- Gaining Fat
- Muscle Loss
- Diminished Sense of Overall Well-being
- Fatigue or Decreased Endurance
- Feeling older than you really are!
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