Eugene Shippen, M.D. says "I have never seen an older male in excellent mental and physical health whose testosterone levels were not well within the normal range. And the healthiest, most vital individuals are always in the high normal ranges. No other single factor in the male body is associated with more risk factors for heart disease than a lack of testosterone."
According to the National Institute of Health your testosterone levels drop an alarming 90% from age 25 to 70! A recent study showed 50% of diabetics have low testosterone. In another study, men with low testosterone (defined as the lowest limit of the normal range for men) were 33% more likely to die within 18 years than men with higher levels. Another 8 year study showed men with low testosterone levels had an 88% greater risk of dying than those with normal levels.
Erectile dysfunction receives all the publicity, but some oft he earliest signs of testosterone deficiency are: fatigue, loss of muscle mass, depression, mood swings and irritability, weight gain, especially around the mid-section, mental fogginess, and prostate problems.
"The second half of life can indeed be the best ever, if hormone balance is truly understood," states Robert A. Greene, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist.
You don't want to hear your doctor say "you're fine for your age." Our physicians seek to enhance the quality of life, as well as the quantity ... with a treatment plan formulated for you as an individual.
Scientists used to believe that hormones fell because of age. Today, most scientists acknowledge that aging occurs because hormone levels fall. By restoring hormones to ideal levels, we can help patients avoid age related illnesses, reverse biological age, and significantly improve the quality of people's lives.
It is important not to just rush out and start taking hormones. You should be checked out by a physician trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. You want to receive optimally adjusted individual dosing with bio-identical hormones. You also want to be followed carefully by your physician to obtain results using protocols designed to protect you against cancer and cardiovascular disease, and improve quality of life and longevity.