Written by Dr. Greg Brannon | 4 min read
The Effects of Low Testosterone
When your hormone levels are low, that deficiency affects many parts of your body.
- You feel tired, drained, and sapped of energy.
- You are susceptible to depression and despair.
- You are at higher risk for heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes.
- You are more prone to diseases such as diabetes, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
- You are more likely to get breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other types of cancer.
Your sex drive and sexual endurance will wane.
What is Considered Low?
Today, testosterone levels for men are typically considered normal if they are anywhere from 301 to 1,197ng/dL. That’s an absurdly vast range for what is considered normal! If I came to a sign in the road that signaled that there was a sharp curve ahead, but it said my acceptable speed could be anywhere from twenty to seventy MPH, I’d see that as an imprecise estimation of what my ideal speed should be to avoid losing control of my vehicle.
Where should my ideal hormone levels be as a man? Is 301 normal, or is it a new average to which I must be resigned? I’ll tell you. It’s the new average. It’s not where your grandfather and my grandfather were at any age, but because of all the things we’ve been discussing, it is now the new average.
Here’s the problem: the new normal is not where your body needs to be! Big Pharma and the insurance companies have redefined what normal means. The new normal, as insurance companies are calling it, is detrimental to the health of an entire generation of people. The numbers now regarded as commonplace are pitifully low in comparison to earlier generations, and our health as a society is suffering because of it. Effective July of 2017, lab standards have changed, referencing male levels of 264-916 ng/dL as normal. Some universities have criteria of 175-700 ng/dL as their reference range. Not only is this range far too wide, but it is also far too low for optimal male health.
Using that average range for male testosterone, a study of 858 veterans over fifty-two months demonstrated that those in the bottom twenty-fifth percentile of testosterone levels had a 75% higher mortality rate.
Another study by Dr. K.T. Khaw, published in 2007 in the online publication Circulation, proved that men with testosterone levels of 350 or lower, compared with men who had levels of 564 or higher, had a 41% higher mortality rate. The effects of low testosterone can be life-threatening.
Our goal at Optimal Bio is to get your hormones back up to levels that are advantageous to your health, even though some conventional doctors might say you are in a normal range for your age. We are committed to finding your perfect hormonal balance, custom-tailored to your body, so you can have the energy, health, and vitality you desire.
The Effects of Low Testosterone
A study published by The National Institute of Health in 1990 found that half of the healthy men between the ages of fifty and seventy years old have a testosterone level below the lowest levels seen in healthy men aged twenty to forty years old. That means men see a 50% decrease in their testosterone levels as they age into their fifties and beyond. Additional research goes back sixty years, showing a trend of decreasing testosterone that continues to this day.
Dr. Molly M. Shores, writing in The Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006, described how a decrease in testosterone led to an 88% increase in mortality compared to men with higher testosterone levels.
Another study published by the National Institute of Health in 2002 revealed that when levels of testosterone are depleted, there is a much higher risk for atherosclerosis.
Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, the author of Testosterone for Life, describes many of the soft symptoms that are difficult to measure and even, at times, hard to describe. He calls it the loss of one’s Mojo. I agree with him because I’ve seen so many men come back to my office after receiving testosterone treatment. They are sleeping better, focusing better, having sex more often, and enjoying the energy and drive that they lacked before BHRT.
You only have one body.
You only have one life. How do you want to live it?
Optimal Bio provides Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men and women. We provide hormonal imbalance testing and solutions to some of the most common medical issues associated with aging and current environmental factors.