ANDROPAUSE IS ANOTHER NAME FOR LOW TESTOSTERONE.
So, what are the symptoms of low testosterone and what conditions increase when testosterone is low?
Symptoms of low testosterone:
- Increased heart attacks and strokes
- Decreased memory & intelligence
- Increased dementia & alzheimer’s
- Loss of drive & competitive edge
- Stiffness & pain in muscles and joints
- Falling levels of fitness
- Decreased effectiveness of workouts
- Increased cancer
- Fatigue, tiredness
- Depression, mood changes, hopelessness
- Reduced libido & potency: decreased desire & fantasies, decreased morning erections, decreased erectile tension, longer recovery times between orgasms, decreased intensity of orgasms
“We age because our hormones decline, Our hormones don’t decline because we age.” – Ron Rothenburg, MD
We also see:
Increased risk of diabetes & metabolic syndrome Increased inflammation Increased risk of cancer
Studies show that higher levels of testosterone are associated with lower mortality.
MSC’s are multi-potent stem cells that can transform into several of A 10 year prospective study with 11,606 men between the ages of 40 and 79 years validated this. In fact, they concluded that low testosterone predicts cardiovascular disease. It should be noted that these were natural testosterone levels not levels in patients receiving testosterone replacement therapy. In this study, men with a testosterone level above 564 (compared to 350) had a 41% lower chance of dying for any reason. Also, the risk of dying decreased 14% for every 173 point increase in testosterone. So, a testosterone level of 1000 compared to 300 had a 57% decreased risk of death. But what about those patients who are receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)? Does it lower their risk too? A study of 1031 male veterans over the age of 40 years with a total serum testosterone level of less than 250. 398 of these patients began testosterone replacement therapy. After 4 years of therapy, the mortality in the treated group was 10.3% while in the untreated group it was 20.7%. This was very statistically significant with a P of less than 0.0001. This means that there was less than a 0.1% chance that these findings were due to chance. Also of note in this study, prostate cancer in the testosterone replacement therapy group was 1.6% whereas it was 2.0% in the untreated group.
Higher levels of testosterone improve cognitive function
Lower testosterone levels are associated with lower cognitive function and testosterone replacement therapy improves this function.[3,4] Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) prevents the production of beta amyloid precursor proteins in men which are increased in Alzheimer’s Disease.[5,6] In a study by Tan, 36 newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients had their serum testosterone levels measured. 10 of these 36 patients had a testosterone of less than 240. 5 of the 10 received testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and 5 were given a placebo. The placebo group gradually deteriorated but the TRT group improved over 1 year. In patients with low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is effective in improving mood when psych drugs don’t work. Testosterone Replacement Therapy increases nocturnal and spontaneous erections and improves mood. High free Testosterone levels were associated with better performance on tests of memory, executive function, and spatial ability and with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s Disease as well as improved cerebral blood flow.
LOW TESTOSTERONE IN ASSOCIATED WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK
The lower the testosterone and free testosterone the more likely there was CAD. Testosterone improves exercise induced ST depression. Testosterone dilates coronary arteries. Low testosterone is associated with dyslipidemia. Higher levels of endogenous testosterone are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular death.