Men's Vitality Center

“HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR T LATELY?”

Physical, Mental and Longevity Benefits

For men with Low T, Testosterone Replacement Therapy helps to maintain and build lean body mass and it also helps to decrease total body fat.  In a recent study of hypogonadal (Low T) men, six months of Testosterone Replacement Therapy was associated with a 15% increase in fat free mass and an associated 10-15% DECREASE in body fat!  Testosterone Replacement Therapy also helps the MIND.  There are numerous studies to support testosterone’s role in maintaining optimal cognitive capacity. The January 2008 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch reveals that higher testosterone levels in midlife have been linked to better preservation of tissue in some parts of the brain.  In the aging male, higher testosterone levels have also been associated with better performance on cognitive tests.

 

Health Risks Associated with Low Testosterone

According to researchers with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, low levels of testosterone may increase the long-term risk of death. In a study of nearly 800 men, ages 50 to 91 years, men with low testosterone levels had a 33 percent greater risk of death during the next 18 years than the men with higher testosterone. This difference was not explained by smoking, drinking, physical activity level or pre-existing diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.

Why? 

Men with low testosterone were more likely to have elevated markers of inflammation, called inflammatory cytokines, which contributes to many diseases. Men with low testosterone are also three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome which includes 3 or more of the following characteristics:

-waist measurement more than 40 inches
-low HDL (good) cholesterol
-high triglycerides (bad levels of fat in the blood)
-high blood pressure
-high blood glucose (blood sugar)

A more recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association demonstrates similar findings:

Otherwise-healthy men with low levels of testosterone may have an increased risk of fatal heart attacks or death from any cause, according to a study of more than 11,000 men published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. “The magnitude of the relationship of endogenous testosterone levels with cardiovascular disease mortality was comparable in size, but independent of, the classical risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol,” said Kay-Tee Khaw, MBBChir., a professor of clinical gerontology at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Compared with men who had testosterone levels of 12.5 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) or less, men with testosterone levels of at least 19.6 nmol/L had a 41 percent lower risk of dying in 10 years. For every 6 nmol/L increase in endogenous testosterone, the risk of death decreased 14 percent, Khaw said.


So what are you waiting for? Have you checked your T today? 


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