Studies Indicate Testosterone Can Prevent Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease In Men
For some time, natural and functional medicine practitioners have long lauded the practice of hormone replacement therapy in men. Dire warnings from more traditional medical experts, however have kept main stream physicians from helping their male patients with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
It’s all about balance
Medical traditionalists warn against testosterone replacement because excessive amounts can lead to serious medical issues, such as liver disease, prostate disease, polycythemia, hair loss, acne and more. They say the risks outweigh the benefits. A problem with this arguments is that they consider a man wanting to take testosterone treatments is to gain muscle and/or for sexual performance. The fact is, we now know that men after age 30 are increasingly complaining of poor moods, depression, lack of energy, mental fogginess and more–in addition to lack of sex drive, unsatisfying sexual performance and loss of muscle mass. Those are significant reasons to look for help.
Normal total testosterone levels range from 300–1000 ng/dLlp. Hypogonadism or “Low-T” is diagnosed when levels reach 200 or lower. Evidence however, suggests that hormone replacement to achieve high normal levels in men with levels in the 300’s may be beneficial. Functional Medicine and Anti-aging practitioners recommend boosting levels to high normal range to treat symptoms of low testosterone and improve overall health and well-being.
Dr Daniel Kelly, of the University of Sheffield, presented his findings at an annual Endocrinology Conference that indicated low levels of testosterone is linked to onset of type II diabetes and heart disease. In an interview, Dr Kelly commented: “We know men with low testosterone are at greatly increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well.” He suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to maintain testosterone in a strict “physiological window” may have beneficial health benefits. He warned that monitoring was needed to maintain levels in this “window” as too much and too little testosterone are not healthy. This is exactly what many have long proposed.
Checking your testosterone levels
A simple blood test will reveal where you are in the “physiologic window.” Many more conservative traditional doctors may look at your levels and say “they’re in the normal range so you’re ok.” From a functional medicine standpoint, you want your blood levels to be at “optimum” levels not, minimal, marginal or “ok” levels. In keeping with newer information, if your levels are in the 300’s you should seriously consider HRT. If you are in the 500’s you may still consider a trial of testosterone as long as it doesn’t push you out of the normal window of 1,000.
Replacement of this vital hormone is by intramuscular injection, pills and gel or patch applied to the skin. Pills are less attractive due to the belief by some that the it causes problems in the liver. Discuss with your doctor which approach is right for your lifestyle.
What you can expect with testosterone HRT
Increased lean muscle mass
Increased sense of well-being
Decreased erectile dysfunction
Increased bone density
Increased muscle strength
The time has come
With more and more information touting the benefits of maintaining proper testosterone levels, your primary medical physician may be more receptive to checking your levels and providing testosterone HRT, not only for your sex life, but for your mind, body and heart as well.
About Functional Medicine
FM is the practice of health care from a more holistic or cause oriented approach. Rather than acute sickness care, doctors who work in FM are interested in the underlying causes of disease and work in partnership with their patients to develop treatment and lifestyle options to achieve optimal health. This is a familiar approach to chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists, but is an emerging field within medicine. As medical doctors become more aware of functional medicine and desire to move more towards patient centered care instead of disease care, FM is growing.
Dr. Marks has studied functional medicine and applies this knowledge to his extensive knowledge base gained from chiropractic and orthopedic training and his many years of practice experience. He can develop a strategy for you to see what your testosterone or other hormone levels are and work with you and your doctor to help you.
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