The holidays are here and there is so much for which to be thankful. This article is focused on a little known cause of symptoms that ruin the holiday cheer for many wonderful women and men.These symptoms range from insomnia, low libido, weight gain, weakness, hot ﬂashes and fatigue to memory loss and anxiety and they could be a result of low testosterone (T) levels.
Yes, testosterone levels in men and woman inﬂuence their sex drive, orgasm, mood, bone density, muscle size, strength and cardiovascular health.
What causes low T? Does it occur in younger individuals?
Besides the natural degenerative process of aging, other causes of low T include too much oxidative stress from excessive exercising, emotional stress, toxic burden or infections. Young women who take oral contraceptives and men who have suﬀered injuries to their testes both have an increased risk if low T. Regardless of age or root cause, low T sets the stage for chronic illness and feeling old.
Young women not taking OCPs usually have optimal levels of T working in balance with all their other hormones until the age of 30 when T starts dropping rapidly. By age 40, women have half their normal T. Uninjured men, on the other hand, tend to lose T more slowly reaching half their young adult blood levels around 60-80 years of age.
Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD, internationally acclaimed endocrinologist, author and speaker states that an aging body needs as much testosterone and other hormones as it did during the younger years. Of course, we can live with low levels of hormones but it just won’t be as enjoyable.
If you are looking for an improved quality of life, consider checking your hormone levels. A simple blood and/or urine assessment of your hormones may answer your question of why you don’t feel like your normal self. Hundreds of studies document the value of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a safe and eﬃcacious way to improve your quality of life.
If this article speaks to you, give IMI a call at 208-426-0052. We specialize in accurate assessment and design of the correct BHRT for you.