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What to do if you’re low-T

Susan June 12, 2013 Men's Health Comments Off on What to do if you’re low-T
What to do if you’re low-T

Okay fellas, it’s time to talk about change.  And we’ll make it quick.  Men’s hormones change over time, just like the ladies do.  As you age, normal levels of testosterone may drop—resulting in reductions in libido, sexual performance and muscle strength, and increases in body fat and moodiness.

Look, nobody said aging was going to be easy. But there are things you can do to understand and affect the way you age—beginning with a men’s wellness test that includes a testosterone measure. If you’re like many aging men, you may see a connection between drop in testosterone and the way your body metabolizes carbohydrates, fats and protein.

So what’s next?

1. Exercise

If you’re overweight, exercise can improve your testosterone levels by helping you shed pounds.

2. Your age: Exercise offers many other health benefits for older men, including bone and muscle health and better balance.

3. When you exercise: Your testosterone levels vary throughout the day. Levels are typically highest in the morning and lowest in the afternoon.

Do your strength-training workouts in the evening if you can.  In soe studies, there’s a brief boost in testosterone.

4. Your fitness level: Even if you’re not in great shape, exercising is a good bet for boosting testosterone—especially weight lifting and exercise in which you use the full-body in your work out. Exercise will help you increase insulin resistance and blood sugar control too.

Do the research if you’re considering supplementing your testosterone levels.

Who should be tested? You should strongly consider testosterone testing if you are a man struggling with:

•Male infertility (low sperm count)

•Low sex drive

•Erectile dysfunction

•Moodiness

•Loss of muscle tone

•Increased body fat or enlarged breasts

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