When hormones fall out of balance, some men begin to experience the unpleasant effects of aging. Workouts are not as easy as they used to be, and this is due to the fact that on average men lose 12-15 pounds of muscle mass with hormone decline. Testosterone helps to build muscle, and because of its role in forming red blood cells, it helps to speed up regeneration and reduce recovery time.
Men may start to notice the extra layer of fat has begun to accumulate around the midsection of his abdominal area, and this is because the decreased muscle mass slows down metabolism and causes fat to accumulate. Many of these issues are due to a loss of testosterone, which is the primary male sex hormone.
Testosterone is the main hormone that makes a “man a man.” When it becomes low, you may have symptoms occur that can significantly reduce your quality of life.
Testosterone is not the only male hormone that keeps the body functioning properly and in balance, it is accompanied by estrogen and progesterone. Together, these hormones comprise the primary group of sex hormones.
Primary Sex Hormones
Testosterone decline can begin as early as a man’s 30’s; however, when a man hits his 40’s or 50’s, it drastically decreases even more. A substantial number of symptoms may happen and as a result of this decline, the ability to reproduce or function sexually, may begin to decrease. Symptoms of testosterone decline may include insomnia, hair loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction, bone loss and an enlarged prostate.
Your thyroid gland, through the hormones it produces, influences almost all of your metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders involve either too much or too little thyroid production. The signs and symptoms can vary but in general tend to develop slowly, often times over a number of years.
Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism and can cause a variety of symptoms. At first, you may barely notice the symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms which may include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches and tenderness and hoarseness.
Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions. Vitamin D is called a vitamin; however, it is really an essential hormone. Vitamin D is better known for its ability to promote bone strength by increasing calcium absorption, but it is also well known for helping prevent heart disease and cancer.
As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Regularly checking your blood levels of Vitamin D is essential. Symptoms of low vitamin D are usually unnoticed and when left untreated can be harmful can include bone pain, cracking sensation of the bones, back pain, depression and lack of concentration.
Men, are you ready to restore your muscle mass and feel like you did in the 20’s? Contact Dr. Deborah Sillins for a complete evaluation and get the ball rolling!