It’s no surprise to hear that men and women are wired differently. Not only are our brains wired differently but we also release different hormones. Testosterone in the main hormone we relate to men and we often say this is what drives a man.
Testosterone is a highly complex hormone that is essential for a number of different bodily processes. This doesn’t just include sexually, it also allows men to gain strength and encourages energy production which - let’s face it - we all want more of!
Both men and woman release testosterone within their systems, but this is the most dominant hormone in men. It was always thought that testosterone levels must drop with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s been recently shown that testosterone changes are likely to be linked to lifestyle factors, including stress, depression and obesity.
How does age affect reproductive health?
Reproductive health disorders used to be more common as men got older (except for testicular cancer which is most common in men aged 20-40 years) but these disease processes are now affecting much younger men. Changes in reproductive health include:
lowered fertility, infertility
alterations in hormone levels (high estrogens)
changes in prostate health (BPH, prostate cancers)
changes in erectile function
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
fatigue/Lethargy/generally low energy
reduced muscle mass and strength
Many illnesses are associated with low testosterone levels. Fatigue, lowered libido and mood issues often progress to cardiovascular disease, chronic underlying lung problems, diabetes and depression.
To ensure healthy aging, normal hormone production and disease prevention we need an excellent multi-faceted approach including diet and nutrition, rest and relaxation, social connection, self-expression, intellect, spirituality and exercise.
This isn’t just for men of course, this is also vital for females to allow us to live well into our 80’s and beyond staying mentally and socially active, independent, mobile and energetic.
How does stress affect testosterone?
A huge component of health that is often brushed to the side, is stress. The majority of individuals, men and woman, lead very busy, hectic lives and don’t realise the constant stress and strain they put on their bodies.
Men can be exceptionally good at covering signs of stress, or emotional issues they may have going on in their lives. This is often because our western world views this as a sign of weakness.
It's important to reduce stress levels or problems will arise such as disrupted sleep, brain fog, weight gain, headaches, lack of focus, adrenal fatigue, decreased sexual function, depression, low energy and excessive anger to name a few.
3 ways that you can reduce stress levels very easily are
Ask your practitioner at The Healing Room to show you these simple effective methods.
Men’s health differs vastly from women’s health and it is important to understand the requirements of each to live a healthy and happy life.
Contact us today on 07 544 1133 to talk about having your testosterone level assessed.