Life throws curveballs and many challenges, the thing is don’t let it get you down. You can increase testosterone by taking corrective action…
Want to to learn the good news…?A lot of things in life get better after you turn 30. Unfortunately, your testosterone level isn’t one of them.Testosterone peaks during adolescence and young adulthood, but as men age, this manliest of hormones begins to drop by one percent each year beginning at age 30, and the decline affects your body and brain in myriad ways. We’re going to unpack the eight unfortunate effects of “low T,” but just because biology has it in for you and your masculinity doesn’t mean you have to take these changes lying down. (In fact, lying down may be one of the worst things you could do.)There are strategies to combat plummeting T levels, and we’re going to help you figure out which ones might work for you. But be prepared… it ain’t going to be a walk in the park..
Low LibidoTo be blunt, testosterone is what makes you horny and want to fuck. As T decreases in your system, you may find the urge to mate is less intense. Suddenly, you can take sex or leave it. You’d rather binge watch a good show, eat a bucket of fried chicken, and fall asleep in your recliner than swipe through Tindr looking for your next one-night stand.So what you can do?Get moving! Exercise pumps blood throughout your body, cock and balls included. Indulge your fantasy life (yes, this means all the porn, but it could also include erotic reading and role-playing with your partner). Build anticipation by planning a date night and getting excited about the sex it will inevitably involve; make a playlist, set the scene, take a long shower and primp beforehand.
Erectile DysfunctionThe most disturbing side effect of low T is limp dick syndrome…the inability to get (or keep) it up. Suddenly, your once rock-hard, go-all-night nobby is acting like a lazy limp no-good stoner. While the occasional dick disappointment is nothing to be concerned about, if your cock is failing to crow on a regular basis, it’s time to call in the professionals.Hey, tell me more….They make drugs for this, and for good reason. Viagra is just one of the options for medically-induced erections you can discuss with your doctor. If boner pills don’t work, testosterone replacement therapy may also be necessary. Your call buddy….
Loss of Muscle MassTestosterone is what gives muscles that pumped-up look. As your T dips, your muscles deflate, and what was once high and tight is now soft and saggy…. watch out for the man-boobs!What you can do: Make sure your exercise routine incorporates cardio and strength training. Either of those alone won’t be enough. You need them both. Get more sleep so that when it’s time to hit the gym, you’re raring to go. Recover with high-protein foods to give your muscles a boost. You can also talk to your doctor about whether testosterone supplementation is right for you.
Fat GainIt’s so unfair. You’re not even a dad but you’ve been cursed with dad bod. You are becoming a well rounded fat bastard! Blame low T. Beyond the aesthetic of a fuller shape, though, the real danger in weight gain (no matter what the cause) is that it increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. ATTENTION – BEWARE!What you can doThere’s no shortcut here. Bite the bullet…You have to lose weight. Nothing drastic, but get it in your head and just do it!To do this successfully, you’ll have to burn more calories than you consume. This means cutting out any empty calories and replacing them with healthy foods in addition to exercising. If you’re already athletic, yep… time to consider cutting down on the booze…now is the time to step up your exertion and work out harder. Seek out a trainer if you need some ideas on how to make that happen.
Decreased EnergyLow T can mess with your sleep at night, leaving you drowsy and unmotivated by day. You might feel like you’re dragging a giant sandbag previously known as your body around. Your usual get-up-and-go is more like crawl-into-a-hole-and-sleep-until-spring. That sucks!What you can doWe’re going to sound like a broken record, but here goes: exercise! It seems counterintuitive, but by expending energy, you’ll gain more oomph. Low energy also means it’s time to tweak your diet and make sure that you’re fueling your body with high-quality calories from whole, healthy foods, not processed ones purchased at the gas station or drive-thru window… and .. just a reminder… cut down on the booze..!You’ve read this far…. So are you up for it… ?
hey everybody welcome back geology 101 I’m James Farrell urology one owns my video blog and it’s on common topics in urology there are often tempo and embarrassing just cuz we talk about sex organs a lot now my goal is to get you some content that you can apply and you find useful so in that name if you like this video then definitely check out my website which is urology 101.com first part of that’s what why who you are and all the videos are there as well some other content now I also post everything on YouTube so maybe you’re watching it there so if so please check out my website also for everybody urology 101 is my Instagram handle and I post most days there as well shorter format great content stuff that doesn’t quite fit into a video so definitely check that out now with that let’s get on to today’s topic and we’re gonna talk about testosterone specifically guys who are low on testosterone whether it’s worthwhile replacing it and is it actually that panacea for all things to cure male ailments that some people would have you believe in some ways there’s some truth to that in other ways it’s not at all but it is a worthwhile conversation I think it’s a little clouded right now with all those mental health clinics and vitality in whatever a little that actually means so let’s get on to exactly what it is what symptoms can go along with low testosterone and then what you can expect from treatment if you decide to go that way and obviously things you can do for yourself to make yourself feel better now what is testosterone well in short it’s a hormone and it’s a hormone that mostly is ascribed to men women do have testosterone guys do have estrogen but for the most part it’s in guys and when you’re developing as a fetus in an embryo it’s really responsible for making all of that right it’s the signal that tells cells to go that direction to make a penis to make testicles to make the tubes that takes perm from the testicles to the urethra to make the male urethra and to make everybody’s favorite organ the prostate now other things that it does it tends to be responsible for behaviors that we ascribe to men that’s right not asking directions ego definitely that’s going to be one of them and a lot of other funny things we can we can make jokes about but it also is responsible for a lot of male pattern hair growth it is responsible for men for bone density as well as muscle mass and strength and typical male fat distribution as well from a standpoint emotionally it’s really responsible for you know sexual drive sexual interest which we usually call libido and irritability fatigue lack of focus those things can be ascribed of low testosterone so they might have some impact and then sometimes erections – not always so in young guys low testosterone or let me just say that again testosterone in general may be important for good erections but we do tend to find that as guys get into their 40s 50s and 60s that testosterone has less of an effect on whether erections really are what are as good as guys are looking for and is a little more related to just overall health so what is low testosterone what does that mean well it really means that you have symptoms that go along with low testosterone which we tend to say when you talk about emotionally we talk about sex drive and libido psychologically you talk about energy lack of focus things like that and physically have you gained some weight those types of things if you have that group of symptoms and it’s been something that’s developed over the last year or two then there’s certainly a concern for low testosterone erections at some level get into that again but it’s not a hundred percent there now the in general what we do is try and get a lab draw to see if yes the labs correlate with your feelings and how and how you present with some of the symptoms you talked about and it’s sometimes hard to decide well is this related to low testosterone or not because those symptoms obviously the ones of being tired gaining some weight having less desire for sex those things can develop in life in your 30s 40s and 50s as so many other things crop up in your life right as your kids have a lot of stuff that needs to happen there are a number of things regarding job regarding travel regarding finances and so much of your energy can get pulled all directions it’s hard to tell if you if the concerns are really related to a hormonal change or if it’s related to just life and then the next question would be a little bit chicken in the egg does all of these things in life that pull you in so many directions have an impact on causing you’d have low testosterone or did low testosterone have something to do with you losing a lot of energy focus and having some weight gain so it’s a little hard to figure it out but definitely if you kind of look at yourself and say I don’t feel like I’m me I don’t feel like this is normal I feel a complete change over the last year then it’s really reasonable to go talk to your doctor have them draw some labs in Serio testosterone is in general testosterone for guys tends to peak in their 20s it starts to drop after that slowly over time normal values are pretty broad anywhere from like 350 up to a thousand and don’t worry about the units but it’s a wide range and sometimes it’s hard for us to identify what’s normal for you and so which friend is good over time unfortunately we don’t have people get testosterone draws when they’re in their 20s unless they have symptoms of something so we don’t always know where guys start so sometimes it’s a little bit of trial and error so bear with us a bit on it because it’s not always certain that starting on testosterone will solve all the problems so we’ve talked a little bit about some of the symptoms you can have for low testosterone seeing a doctor is a great first step to get that lab draw to talk to about stuff and there can be reasons why you have low testosterone there are medical ones some of them are other hormones related some of them are related to the thyroid there can be stuff that goes on with what’s what the pituitary gland but in general most of the time when people have a low testosterone we actually will not come up with a great reason as to why we all have our own anecdotal and you know experience-based reasons but we usually don’t have a medical reason as to why you have low testosterone what we do know is that we can give you testosterone back and we can talk about ways to help to help you help that along so let’s get into that part of the conversation when we talk about things that you can do at home it’s lots of the simple stuff to try and improve things it’s stuff like trying to make sure you can sleep seven or eight hours at night so that you’re fully rested for the next day it’s trying to make sure that you eat healthy balanced diets and that means the fruit and vegetable thing and trying to get good sources of protein and trying to get good sources of those fruits and vegetables organic stuff like that it’s also related to making sure that you’re really happy in your relationships and that goes along with making sure that you know you set time aside for yourself to think about whatever you want to think about that you said time aside for your spouse and your family and that you have relationships that you feel have good growth and love in them because I do think that that’s such an important part of just a total you know kind of life moving forward that just is growing well and so I think that relationships are an underrepresented portion of this and that the behavioral health side of this really has a big impact obviously and how you’re gonna feel and what hormones are going to be so present in your mind day to day because they do have an effect on how we think feel and our energy levels also if there are things that you can find to be you know maybe like happily competitive about and creative you know those types of things – just piqued your interest and stuff day to day I think that’s really important for this type of stuff now in terms of what we can do medically we can talk about replacing with either gels or injections to give you testosterone unfortunately we don’t have great ways to just give you it as a pill there are pills that can sort of trick your body into making more testosterone and sometimes we use those for young guys infertility sometimes women get that fertility to its book plumbing but for the most part once we are talking about low testosterone replacing it for you is with a gel that you can rub on your skin daily or with an injection that happens once a week or every once every two weeks good and bad about both with gels the risk is transferring it to people who shouldn’t have it that means your kids co-workers spouse that type of stuff there are great ways to keep you from doing that and they’re great websites to talk about this too with frequently asked questions the main gels tend to be and/or gel for testa and AXIRON they all have their have their own similarities they all have some slight differences in where you apply it and how much but usually it’s sort of a pump-action tech bottle that provides you a similar amount of gel and then a somewhat amount of testosterone in each pump it’s multiple pumps that we have you rub on your body after you shower allow that to dry then you can put clothes on and go about your day without any concerns and several hours later if there’s going to be skin contact there you can wash off the gel by a certain point there’s really not much left but websites are great to have little cartoons and frequently asked questions to help you get through that the great thing about a gel I think is it’s a daily concentration that you get something every single day and it’s a little bit of buy-in from the patients it takes some work and effort so I think you’re gonna care about the medication and I think you’re gonna try and take those steps forward to get back to where you want to be which is why you sought help in the first place with injections great thing it’s pretty easy you just take the injection in the shoulder or the muscle on your butt and actually just get it sort of as it just dilutes into your body over the course of several days and that’s great up front you’re gonna feel good for the first two or three days and then after that the problem with gels is that you tend to have a little bit of a withdrawal where you just lose some of the medication daily so that by the time you come back to meeting it you probably feel pretty tired that’s at least what I’ve found anecdotally with my patients now again that’s not necessarily a problem it’s just a choice you don’t worry about the transfer but you get stuck with a needle over a couple of weeks and you probably have some withdrawal from time to time what we tend to do over the course of the first couple months is get some different lab draws because giving you back testosterone can cause theoretically some risks it can theoretically increase the wear called triglycerides or some cholesterol levels so we check those your liver has to metabolize that we need to make sure that’s do it okay your red blood cell count can actually go up which can make your blood a little thicker so we pay attention to that we used to be concerned that giving you testosterone back would actually increase your risk for prostate cancer of all things but that isn’t really the case anymore we have a lot of research that shows that getting back to normal levels of testosterone is not a concern for increasing prostate cancer risk in fact many of us who treat prostate cancer will also actually give patients testosterone if they are low on testosterone and it seems like appropriate so we’re not as concerned about the prostate cancer or testosterone risk anymore if you have more questions than definitely talk to your urologist one other thing that that we tend to think about is sleep apnea that’s an important thing you look at too because if you’re not sleeping well that really will reduce your ability to feel like you’re getting a lot of energy the next day and there used to be concerns about giving people testosterone who are undiagnosed for sleep apnea so a lot of us will still ask you to see somebody in sleep medicine to see if there’s a way to really help you there get you on either CPAP we’re talking about better sleep hygiene to help as well because we do know that not sleeping well over the long term will also harm your testosterone you’ll never feel like you can have good energy or focus the next day because of poor sleep hopefully what you get out of testosterone is a little more energy a little more focus a little more interest in sex and also the ability to just sort of get out and exercise more which will help reinforce all of those good habits that you want to get back which is why you started talking to people in the first place and if that happens then what we tend to look for is getting you off of testosterone after some time we don’t have data on people being honest for 30 and 40 years so it may not be a big problem but it might be and I think most of us out there who start guys on testosterone want to help them form habits that are good for them so that when they come off at at some point that they really have those happens in place and can just continue on with their life one other concern about testosterone that we tend to think about is that it does increase your risk for blood clots in the legs that’s about a deep vein thrombosis it’s not a huge risk but it’s there and there’s no real way to modify that other than make sure that you’re not smoking I talked a little bit about how to help reinforce these good habits on your own and you can absolutely go in on your own you do not need to take testosterone I’m not trying to put some drug on you I’m just trying to give you good information on what we talk about with our patients and things that we think matters for you all for better health day to day I think that’s a good starting place if you have questions get in touch with me either through my website or on Instagram actually I just follow most comments they’re very closely and I hope this has been helpful so you guys have a good night take care of selves and Families and we’ll see you soon