We are advocates of men’s health which is underserved in our view. It is partly due to the prevailing social perception of men as the tougher sex. Physiologically, males remain stronger than females due to higher male muscle-mass to body mass ratio. Men also have greater lung volume per body mass, 10% higher red blood cell count, and greater oxygen-carrying capacity, higher circulating clotting factors which lead to faster healing of wounds, and higher peripheral pain tolerance.
However, the endocrine system made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, sex glands in both sexes secrete the same types of hormones. The salient difference between the male and female physiology from an endocrine perspective is the sex hormones. Men have higher concentration of androgens, while women have a higher concentration of estrogens.
Testosterone is crucial to men’s health because it is the principal androgen in the development of a powerful muscular physique. Low testosterone is linked to many degenerative diseases and signs of ageing in men.
By the time a man is in his mid-forties, T levels can be down by 40%. Men tend to notice a subtle downward shift in strength and energy often accompanied by weight gain particularly in the abdomen. He may also develop a ravenous appetite and food cravings. By around the age of 45, he will experience some of the following symptoms:
- Muscle atrophy or loss
- Sore muscles
- Poor recovery from exercise
- Burnout and fatigue
- Lack of mental clarity
- Decreased competitive drive
- Prostate problems
- Loss of libido
- Erectile dysfunction
The decline of androgens (testosterone and DHEA) levels in aging men also poses an increased cardiovascular risk. Studies have found that men between the ages of 52-63 with no history of heart disease showed a reduction of risk compared to patients not on T therapy. And that men with severe coronary artery disease who received T therapy fared much better than those who didn’t. In fact, risk of adverse event was 80% more likely in the non-testerone group. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/news/2015/11/use-of-testosterone-replacement-therapy-does-not-increase-risk-of-heart-attack-or-stroke/
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