Low testosterone effects 90% of Males over 60 years of age. Classically it starts to effect males between the age of 45-65yr. However, it is now found that since 1970 Testosterone levels are falling earlier. Testosterone levels have not been achieving healthy levels since 1980’s. Currently men in their 50s have a higher testosterone level than men in their 20’s. Currently more than 50% of men between 25-35years have testosterone levels lower than 350ng/dL. Normal testosterone for this age group is 616ng/dl
Some of the triggers can be:
Endocrine disruptors or hormone disruptors - these are chemicals that block hormone pathways and messages.
Age (this is not justified on its own)
Health at birth - genetics and health of pregnancy
To look endocrine disruptors up see TEDX- the endocrine disruption exchange. Here there are 1428 listed chemical disruptors.
This was a poster I put in my teenage boys vanity unit to try and teach him about making better choices for his body.
Some disruptors to name a few are:
Atrazine (a herbicide used in corn and sugar cane plantation)
Tributylin (used to paint boats)
2,4, - dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (a herbicide used in WW2 and in Vietnam wars
Some antiseptic soaps and shampoos
Most men think of testosterone only in terms of sexual performance. However, there is more to low testosterone than this.
Symptoms of Hypogonadism
Loss of sex drive
Decreased erectile quality
Increased body fat
Skin dryness and sagging
Loss of muscle tone and strength
Inability to maintain erectile function during intercourse
Decreased semen volume
Impaired cognitive function
Body hair loss
LESS CLASSICAL SIGNS
Increased alcohol intake
Bipolar type behaviour
Loss of productivity
Prolonged muscle recovery
Worsening glycaemic and lipid control
Accumulation of hip fat
At the clinic, I suggest a saliva test of male hormone profile or 2,4,16-oh oestrogen metabolism, - this is done through Nutripath
Hair analysis if toxic involvement.
There is more to hypogonadism than low testosterone levels hence testing other hormones is important.
There are three ways to improve testosterone therapeutically. At the clinic we prescribe herbs and vitamins to enhance things as naturally as we can. We are honest enough to refer you to a doctor if a bioidentical hormone is needed.
Natural based therapy - see below and speak to your practitioner
Assess estrogen metabolism - we can organise this if appropriate with Nutripath
Natural remedies for testosterone improvement
Tribulusterrestris– used for male fertility helping semen quality, increased sexual desire, orgasmic function, intercourse satisfaction and erectile function
Eurycoma longifolia (Longjack) – improved semen quality, safe on liver and kidneys. Longjack increases testosterone yet reduces estradiol which for estrogen metabolism for men can be important.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)– prevention pf male infertility and hypogonadism, may increase testosterone.
Stevia – increases the leydig cells and ejaculation quality
Echinaceapurpurea– improved testicular health
Maytenus procumbens together with Ozoroa paniculosa (bushveld ozoroa or common resin tree)– improves testicular function, increase in semen count and quality. Also these helps together increase testosterone levels
Allium tuberosum(garlic chives)– enhances sexual desire and erectile function
Monsonia angustifolia(cranes bill)– in a rat model it increases testosterone and semen and sexual desire
Cynomorium songaricum (suo yang) - improved semen count and mobility and semen testosterone in rats. Several plants are claimed to be an aphrodisiac
Zinc and Folate – positive effect on semen but not on testosterone
CoQ10 –improves erectile function through blood flow. Helps in libido. It does help testosterone but mainly because it aids in decreasing oxidative stress.
Vitamin E – improves Testosterone. Improves blood flow to the penis.