Here’s a topic long considered a thorn in any man’s side. (“Side is a little high for the real area we’re talking about.) Low testosterone. Or Low T as it’s often called. What causes Low T? Can I get it in my 20’s? What are the symptoms? What are treatments for it? Are there any that work? Should I be as worked up about it as I am?
GETTIN’ SEXY WITH IT
When it comes to low testosterone, the first thing most men really think about is “What about sex?” There are a lot of myths when it comes to men and sex; men think about sex every seven seconds. (that would mean 8,000 thoughts in 16 waking hours), they really only think about sex, sports, violence (gaming anyone?) and work, any guy who is still a virgin after 16 is a loser, you’re either “good” or “bad” in the sack and women are always judging, not being able to get an erection is a death sentence. (ED…oh the horrors of it.) What is driving all these misconceptions and worry?
LOW TESTOSTERONE: THERE GOES THE LIBIDO
Sex drive is usually described as “libido”. A low libido means a decreased interest or desire in sex. When you become aroused (can I even become aroused with low T you wonder?) signals that originate in the cerebral cortex of your brain can interact with nerves that speed up your heart rate and blood flow to your genitals. They also signal the process that creates an erection. Low testosterone levels can put a “stop” sign to these signals creating low libido.
HELP! SOMEONE HIJACKED MY TESTOSTERONE
So let’s talk testosterone here. Produced mainly in the testicles, testosterone has a crucial role in a number of body functions including: development of male sex organs, growth of body hair, bone mass and muscle development, deepening of voice in puberty, and sperm production. Most men hit their peak testosterone levels around the age of 20. During your 30’s, testosterone levels will naturally drop about 1% or more a year. It might not sound like a lot, but it adds up. In some men testosterone levels can take a huge hit in their 20’s. (Sorry. Really sorry.)
IS THAT A FACT
Let’s get to some other truths here about testosterone. Age alone doesn’t make you testosterone deficient. Today, more than ever, testosterone levels are under siege from sedentary jobs, stress, lack of exercise and lack of sleep, to poor diets and lifestyle choices. Other factors can pull T levels down; antidepressants, blood pressure meds and antihistamines. And yes, even tight underwear.
FANTASY OR FICTION?
Low testosterone is as old as time. The quest for an aphrodisiac goes back to the ancient Romans, beginning with oysters. (Surely, you’ve heard the oyster angle…) Figs, bananas and avocados are often considered libido-boosting foods. Basil, garlic and Ginkgo Bilboa are said to increase blood flow. And take a tip from Africa; Yohimbine, found in the bark of the West African evergreen has been known (supposedly) to work as a natural Viagra.
The market for libido lifters and testosterone replacement drugs has topped $1.6 billion with more than 5.3 million men anxiously lining up to spend. And there are endless people pitching for your dollars. Google is gorged with them. Amazon is a testosterone booster bonanza. The best-selling products on Amazon are:
- Low T Super Boost: an easy step-by-step guide to naturally increasing your testosterone
- Man vs Boobs: 150 tips to fight your man boobs and become a better man
- Modern man, testosterone boosting thermogenic fat burner designed for increasing libido
Then there are the supplements:
- Boost Elite
- Testosterone XPlode
- Horny Goat Weed (Are you kidding? Could we make this up?)
MEN, SEX AND HORMONES
Here’s the real truth; you’re not going to get a rise out of a single one of them. (Viagra and Cialis maybe, but they’re really just band aids.)
Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the body. (It’s even found in women.) Hormones are the chemical messengers in the body, coursing through your bloodstream telling your organs what they are supposed to do. (Un-hunh…that organ…) If any of those hormones-testosterone included-are out of balance, you’re out of luck. Unless, you get real help. The kind of help you’ll get at Denver Hormone Health. If it has to do with hormones, they’re the experts. All the doctors at Denver Hormone Health have had years of experience in helping hormone-unbalanced patients get their hormones back on track, getting them back to being and feeling their best. With simple tests, they can determine your testosterone levels and created a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. If your libido’s low, you don’t have to live with it. You just have to put Denver Hormone Health on speed dial and make an appointment now. Don’t give yourself one reason to wait.