Five Things to Know about Low Testosterone

1. Symptoms

The symptoms of low testosterone usually creep up on men slowly over time. Because the process is so gradual, many males ignore their low testosterone symptoms for months or even years. According to the guidelines of the Endocrine Society (a professional organization of doctors who research and treat hormonal disorders), low testosterone can be diagnosed in an adult male if the man has both warning symptoms and signs of low testosterone. Some of these symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass, irritability, more body fat, sleep problems, and decrease in amount of body hair. For more information visit endo-society.org.

2. Pine Pollen

Believe it or not, raw pine pollen, the male sperm of the pine tree, is the richest seed bed derived from plants. “Pine pollen can provide the opportunity for endocrine hormonal balance, i.e. the ratio of testosterone to estrogen, within humans, thus reversing the troubling effects associated with the imbalances that cause quality of life to decrease.” It is an ingredient used in pharmaceuticals that helps adjust testosterone levels. For more information visit naturalnews.com.

3. Erectile Dysfunction

Low testosterone may cause erectile dysfunction. “Penile muscles are packed with androgen receptors, i.e. your penis needs testosterone or the penile muscles literally atrophy. That means you cannot trap the blood necessary for an erection leading to poor performance and the ensuing performance anxiety that follows.” For more information visit peaktestosterone.com

4. Low Vitamin D

Men with sufficient levels of vitamin D had significantly higher testosterone levels than men with insufficient levels of vitamin D. For more information visit musculardevelopment.com

5. Obesity and Diabetes

“Many men with type 2 diabetes, especially those who are obese, have low serum total testosterone and SHBG levels. Small-scale studies of testosterone treatment in men with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes and borderline low or normal testosterone levels showed small improvement in glycemic control.” For more information visit care.diabetesjournals.org