Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone important in male reproductive tissues as the testis and prostate, which is also involved in promoting secondary sexual characteristics as increased muscle and bone mass, body hair and deepening of voice. Essentially, it is what makes a man, a man, at least physically.
After the age of 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. With this comes a decrease in sex drive. Often men think that a decrease in sex drive is part of getting older, however, this could be a sign of bigger health concerns.
Although testosterone is a dominant hormone in men, women also experience symptoms due to low testosterone levels.
Lack of fertility
Low sex drive
Sparse facial or body hair
Growth of breast tissue
Loss of muscle mass
Increased body fat
Emotional changes as decreased motivation and depression
Change in sleep patterns
Worsening of congestive heart failure
Decrease in sexual desire
Decrease in sexual satisfaction
Decreased muscle strength and size
Aches and pains
Possible Causes of Low Testosterone
Diabetes Type 2
Chronic medical conditions (especially liver or kidney disease
Medications (i.e. narcotics, chemotherapy)
Adrenal insufficiency – decreased function
Taking oral estrogen therapy
Removal of ovaries
Hypopituitarism – decreased stimulation for testosterone production
How we treat low testosterone naturally:
Whether male or female we will begin by taking a thorough history, assess lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise sleep, detoxification of the body, medications/supplements, mental/emotional state and lab work to determine what may be contributing to the development of hypoglycemia.
Each laboratory may have their own range at which testosterone is considered normal, however, males should fall roughly within 300-800ng/dl and women should fall within 30-95ng/dl for total testosterone.
Based on the results, we will make necessary adjustments where appropriate for healing and restoration of proper function. Simply supplementing with testosterone may not resolve the symptoms. Rather, we will utilize all the information gathered to determine what the best treatment plan is for you. Whether it involves dietary changes, supplementation, herbs, or other methods including testosterone supplementation, by incorporating a more complete plan you will begin to experience the changes you desire.
Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, not simply treat the symptoms.