Testosterone is a sex hormone responsible for the development of male physical characteristics, sex drive, sperm maturation, muscle tissue growth and bone strength.
One thing that men may not realize is that testosterone plays an important role in healthy aging, and andropause (the decline in male hormones with age) has become the focus of a lot of debate and interest recently. Men with low testosterone frequently suffer from depressed mood, fatigue, impotence and poor sex drive.¹ Additionally, low testosterone may be associated with an increase in cardiovascular risk along with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.²
From a natural medicine perspective, the tools you can use in your lifestyle form the foundation of a successful treatment plan. I talk about this all the time with my patients—I can provide you with medicines all day, but if you can help yourself, you set yourself up for years of success and longevity.
As the first male Naturopathic Physician at Full Circle Care in Salt Lake, I’m available to discuss your overall wellness, men’s health issues, nutrition and exercise regimens, and strategies for preventative care to help keep you feeling great. We’ll be rolling out a new set of men’s wellness programs this Spring/Summer at Full Circle Care, so make sure to check out the options to get on track to good health!
Along with our new programs, I’ll be releasing a series of blogs with information intended to help you boost your testosterone and improve your life naturally by maximizing your male hormones and endocrine system. It’s important to note that any research I present regarding supplements or medications should be intended as an FYI, and all supplements should be used with the guidance of a medical professional.
¹ American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Evaluation and Treatment of Hypogonadism in Adult Male Patients—2002 Update. Endocrine Practice. 2002;8(6):439-456. doi:10.4158/ep.8.6.439
² Goodman N, Guay A, Dandona P, Dhindsa S, Faiman C, Cunningham G. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology Position Statement on The Association of Testosterone and Cardiovascular Rick. Endocrine Practice. 2015;21(9):1066-1073. doi:10.4158/ep14434.ps