Today’s topic is about low testosterone, health problems, and early death.
There’s a lot of misinformation about this topic, so please read carefully…
“Dear Dr. Robbins – I haven’t felt like myself for the past few years and things have only gotten worse. Especially when it comes to sexual performance. I watched one of your videos and decided to do a complete hormone blood test.
When I got the results, it did show that my testosterone was in the “low normal” range. So, it’s normal but lower end. I spoke to my doctor and he said that it’s “normal” this is just a part of aging and there’s nothing I can or should do about it. And that increasing testosterone levels can cause prostate problems and it’s bad for my heart.
But while I was driving home, I thought – how can this be? Young men have high testosterone and they don’t have health or prostate problems. YET, older men have low testosterone and they are the ones with all the health issues.
I’m confused and I trust you. Please let me know the truth because I don’t feel good and it’s obviously causing negative problems with my wife and I don’t feel very confident. But, I also don’t want to damage my health.”
Thanks for sharing and being honest. Women are much better about expressing their insecurities and so forth, but guys typically just keep it to themselves and that’s not good.
So, thank you and I hope this lets other men know that they’re not alone.
What’s The Real Cause Of Prostate Problems?
As far as what your doctor said – sorry, this is totally false. It’s an old-school mindset and erroneous point of view. Basically, he is wrong.
Testosterone is not the cause of prostate problems. It’s what testosterone converts to – which is Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) and various estrogens, such as estradiol.
And as DHT and Estradiol levels go up, testosterone comes down due to the conversion.
Sadly, the enzymes that make these conversions, such as 5-alpha reductase and aromatase, increase as we age.
Therefore, as you get older, these enzymes increase, conversions to DHT and Estradiol increase, testosterone levels decrease and slowly but surely, you lose muscle mass and strength, have erectile problems, lower energy, poor memory, and higher body fat.
Ideally, you would have testosterone in the normal HIGHER range, while having DHT and Estradiol in the normal LOWER ranges.
The problem with taking DHT and Estrogen lower drugs, such as Proscar, Propecia, Arimidex, and so forth – is they lower these two hormones TOO much and we also don’t want that either.
Anyway, this whole thing becomes a balancing act.
Remember, there are no bad hormones. All the hormones are needed, but we just want healthy, youthful ratios that are optimized for health, fitness and longevity.
And as I’ve stated in the past, you do NOT need drugs. You can and should improve your hormones naturally.
Low Testosterone, Health Problems, and Early Death.
There are lots of studies showing how low testosterone can negatively affect the heart and brain.
Low testosterone also causes muscle and strength loss, which is a huge indicator of longevity.
There was also a study showing that low testosterone led to a 60% increase in deaths in “all causes”.
However, there’s a bigger situation to take into consideration – not just LIFE span and how long your live.
But also your HEALTH span and how WELL you live.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live an energetic, happy and confident life … where I look and feel good.
Where I perform well in and out of the bedroom.
And trust me, low testosterone will do the opposite and THAT alone will cause early death, at least early emotional death!
So your goal at any age, especially after the age of 35 is to have a youthful hormonal balance. This takes into account various hormones – not just testosterone, but also DHT, female and stress hormones… In addition to peptide-related hormones such as insulin, GH, IGF and so forth.
As always, don’t just passively listen to me, take action and improve your hormone levels.
Remember, this situation will not magically fix itself and will only get worse as you age and have more stress in your life.
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- Oskui, M. “Testosterone and the Cardiovascular System: A Comprehensive Review of the Clinical Literature.” JAHA, Nov. 15, 2013.
- Wilson, Dr. Cameron. “The truth about low testosterone and ‘male menopause.'” The San Diego Union Tribune, Jan, 30th, 2014.