As we age, our hormonal levels drop. Although this has classically been noted in women, who undergo menopause, it occurs in both sexes. Testosterone, best known as a male hormone though both sexes have it, also drops with age.
Declining testosterone levels can cause a variety of symptoms, including night sweats, fatigue and low energy, hot flashes, and mood changes.
All of these symptoms are common to other conditions as well. Consequently, it is important to have your hormonal levels checked in order to determine the precise cause for any symptoms we might experience.
Although testosterone levels continually and unavoidably drop as we age, some medical treatments also affect hormone levels in the body. In particular, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and many medications, such as antidepressants, can wreak havoc on hormone levels.
In the previous generation, women in the United States regularly received Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) during and after menopause. Today, concerns about the risks associated with HRT have made its use less common.
In men, testosterone replacement therapy became common for a period of time, but the associated risks associated have also deterred many doctors from recommending it.
The most common and serious risks associated with testosterone supplementation include:
- Prostate enlargement
- Worsening of prostate cancer
- A higher risk of breast cancer
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
Although hormone replacement therapy is no longer generally recommended, natural, common sense remedies can be extremely effective for many people.
Engaging in both aerobic and anaerobic physical activity, maintaining a proper weight, and avoiding alcohol have all been shown to naturally increase testosterone levels in the body. A study reporting these results was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. The study noted that physical activity affected testosterone levels more than any other single factor. Sleep was also shown to play a major role in regulating and maintaining proper testosterone levels.
Although we cannot stop the process of aging, and the concomitant decline in our testosterone levels, we can take steps to minimize this decline and to maximize our ability to enjoy a full, rich life.
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