Testosterone to the Rescue-New Ways to Improve Men's Health

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  February 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM Health In Focus
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Deterioration of overall health commonly strikes men after crossing their 50's, and diseases and conditions like diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, cardiovascular problems and obesity start showing up. The onset of a disease not just robs a person of his state of physical wellness, but also has a great impact on the person's mental health and outlook of life. This is probably why men, after crossing their 50's tend to be more depressed and prone to spells of sadness, accompanied by health issues. New studies conducted to improve the overall health of men, especially those over 50 years of age have revealed a new treatment.
Testosterone to the Rescue-New Ways to Improve Men's Health
Testosterone to the Rescue-New Ways to Improve Men's Health

Testosterone, a vital male hormone, also largely responsible for the development and enhancement of male vitality, steeply declines after a man crosses his 60's, and gradually becomes half of what he had during his youth, by the time he reaches his 70's.

A deficiency in this essential male hormone affects sexual function, induces abnormal weight gain, reduces muscle mass, and greatly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and loss of bone mineral density. The risk of a person getting affected by stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer's also considerably increases due to a deficiency of this hormone.

Testosterone-replacement therapy, a treatment similar to estrogen/hormone-replacement therapy in females, has now benefited a large number of males, reduced their risk of depression and heart attacks and has helped them live better lives. This therapy, however, has faced a good share of criticism similar to that of estrogen replacement therapy. Skeptics argue that there might be an increased risk of cardiovascular ailments and prostate cancer following the therapy, however, presence of enough evidence managed to give this therapy a clean chit.

Given to the right patient, this therapy can work wonders in reducing depression, loss of male frigidity, lethargy and other age-related disorders. Though this therapy is not exactly the fountain of youth, coupled with proper diet, exercise and meditation, it can add a few extra 'happy years' to your life definitely.

Testosterone may be administered into the body directly through an injection, or by other different modes such as gels, lozenges, pills etc. It is very important to get yourself tested for reduced testosterone levels before considering this treatment if you've crossed your 50's and are feeling low. A simple blood test will help your doctor do a better analysis of which treatment would possibly suit you best.

Source: Medindia

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