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Low Testosterone Appears To Increase Long-Term Risk Of Death

Men may not live as long if they have low testosterone,
regardless of their age, according to a new study.

The new study, from Germany, adds to the scientific evidence linking deficiency 
of this sex hormone with increased death from all causes over time, so-called 
“all-cause mortality.”

The results should serve as a warning for men with low testosterone to have a 
healthier lifestyle, including weight control, regular exercise and a healthy diet,
reported researchers from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Institute 
for Community Medicine.

The researchers believe it is very possible that lifestyle determines levels 
of testosterone.

In the study, the team looked at death from any cause in nearly 2,000 men aged 
20 to 79 years who were living in northeast Germany and who participated in the 
Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP). Follow-up averaged 7 years. At the beginning 
of the study, 5 percent of these men had low blood testosterone levels, defined as 
the lower end of the normal range for young adult men. The men with low testosterone 
were older, more obese, and had a greater prevalence of diabetes and high blood 
pressure, compared with men who had higher testosterone levels.

Men with low testosterone levels had more than 2.5 times greater risk of dying during 
the next 10 years compared to men with higher testosterone, the study found. This 
difference was not explained by age, smoking, alcohol intake, level of physical 
activity, or increased waist circumference (considered a risk factor for diabetes 
and heart disease).

In cause-specific death analyses, low testosterone predicted increased risk of death 
due to cardiovascular disease and cancer but not death of any other specific cause.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is the principle male sex hormone. It is secreted by the testes in males,
though small quantities are secreted by adrenal glands as well. In an adult male it 
primarily helps maintain:

    * sex drive or male libido
    * muscle mass and strength
    * bone strength and
    * mood levels

Why is Testosterone So Important?

Testosterone is highly important as the above functions indicate. As a matter of 
fact it is the single most factor in giving you your male characterstics. An average
male has forty to sixty times more testosterone than an adult female.

It is the presence of this hormone that makes man more aggressive than females.

Recommended Diet Changes…

Eat more protein, fruits and vegetables and reduce excessive carbohydrate 
intake specially of simple sugars and starches like grains, potatoes, pasta.

Eat essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed as
well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. All steroid 
hormones are produced from cholesterol and when fats are deficient in the diet, 
this process will be inhibited.

Studies clearly indicate that low fat diets results in lower testosterone levels while 
those higher in protein, lower in carbohydrate and moderate in fat cause the greatest 
sustained levels of testosterone and growth hormone.

Be Sure To Exercise…

Both the lack of physical activity and too much of it is going to make your tesosterone 
levels dip.

Studies show that with an exercise of 45-60 minutes your testosterone levels will 
increase and any more after that is going to have a reverse effect on testosterone 
since cortisol begins to increase and testosterone will decline.

Recommended Natural Supplements…
Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba and 
L-Arginine (Amino Acid.) Natrol L-Arginine

Older Men With Higher Testostero​ne Levels Lose Less Muscle Mass as They Age

A recent study published in The Endocrine Society‘s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that higher levels of testosterone were associated with reduced loss of lean muscle mass in older men, even in those who were losing weight.

Higher testosterone levels were also associated with less loss of lower body strength.

Loss of muscle mass and strength contribute to frailty and are associated with accidental falls, mobility limitations and fractures.

Men lose more muscle mass and strength than women as they age, suggesting that sex steroids, and testosterone in particular, may contribute to body composition and physical function changes.

This study helps us better understand the relationship between testosterone levels and healthy aging in older men. The study showed that higher testosterone levels may help older men preserve muscle mass and delay frailty as they age.

“Our study finds that men, aged 65 years and older, with higher testosterone levels lost less muscle mass, especially in their arms and legs, than men this age who had lower testosterone levels,” said researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Oregon. They added “Men who had higher testosterone levels before they lost weight also lost less leg function and could stand up more easily from a chair than men who had lower testosterone levels before they lost weight.”

In this study, the researchers used data from 1,183 men aged 65 years or older and tested the hypothesis that higher baseline measures of sex steroids are associated with lesser declines in lean mass and maintenance of physical performance over an average follow-up of 4.5 years.

Body composition was measured using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans and physical performance was measured through a series of exercises that assessed grip strength, lower extremity power, walking speed and the ability to rise from a chair without the use of arms.

“The amount of testosterone men have in their bodies may contribute to how much muscle and strength they lose as they get older,” they reported. “Our study adds evidence to the growing body of literature that suggest higher levels of endogenous testosterone may be favorably associated with some key components of healthy aging in men.”

The study included researchers from: Oregon Health & Science University in Portland; University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA; University of Pittsburgh in PA; and Stanford University in CA.

Story Source: The Endocrine Society.

Journal Reference: Higher Testosterone Levels Are Associated with Less Loss of Lean Body Mass in Older Men. Journal of Clinical

Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2011;

The Endocrine Society (2011, October 27). Older men with higher testosterone levels lose less muscle mass as they age.

This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.

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