Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Testosterone affects the lives of men in many beneficial ways. Not only is testosterone largely responsible for a healthy sex drive, the hormone is also essential for bone and muscle health, sperm production, fat metabolism, hair growth, and a sense of masculine vigor and well-being.
The loss of testosterone can occur with age, chronic illness, and chronic drug or medication use (opioid narcotics and pain medications).
Low testosterone in men, also called hypogonadism, can be medically treated with testosterone replacement therapy…TRT. TRT is an extremely effective treatment that can help to resolve current symptoms of low testosterone, in addition to preventing future symptoms of low testosterone.
Along with proper testosterone replacement therapy, certain simple and inexpensive supplements may help to increase low testosterone levels in men.
The Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a natural nutrient that helps our body absorb calcium. It is very important for the health of our bones, the immune system, and other body functions. It is also linked to longer life and testosterone production.
Low levels of vitamin D are significantly and independently associated with low levels of testosterone in otherwise healthy middle-aged men, according to a study presented at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
The exact pathway of vitamin D’s effect on testosterone synthesis is still unknown, but suffice it to say, it definitely makes sense to make sure that one’s vitamin D level is optimized!
The Importance of Zinc
The negative effect of low zinc levels on testosterone production has been well-established. Many excellent clinical studies have clearly shown that reducing the amount of zinc that one gets in their daily diet causes a definite decrease in serum testosterone levels. This zinc-deficient decrease in testosterone has an accompanying INCREASE in deleterious clinical effects associated with low testosterone.
Just as many clinical studies have shown the definite INCREASE in serum testosterone levels in those low testosterone subjects treated with zinc supplementation.
SO, yes men…THINK ZINC.
The Importance of SLEEP
Adequate sleep has been long known to be necessary for growth hormone production, recovery from training, and testosterone release.
Lack of sleep for just one night causes a decreased release of testosterone leading to decreased early morning serum testosterone levels. Chronic lack of sleep not only leads to decreased testosterone release, but also leads to increased afternoon cortisol levels, and alteration of glucose and insulin metabolism.
Lack of sleep can also lead to insulin resistance and a higher risk of developing type II diabetes.
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