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If a man seems to be a little more sluggish than usual and not as motivated, it might not be laziness; it could be a hormonal imbalance, which can affect men of any age. In fact, as of 2022, urologists determined that 1 out of 4 men over 30 years of age experience hypogonadism, which is the more formal, textbook label for low testosterone. [1] Low testosterone – sometimes referred to as low-t – is not usually a typical side-effect of aging, regardless of how commonly accepted this assumption seems to be in our current system of healthcare.

Unfortunately, only 1 out of 20 men with hypogonadism develop physical symptoms. [1] The mental symptoms are the most prevalent, but many men won’t get their testosterone tested until they are older and experiencing physical symptoms. When a man’s testosterone levels are low, it can affect a man’s health in several different ways, including sperm production, bone mass, muscle mass, sex drive, energy, facial hair, self-confidence and more.

Overlooked Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Most people don’t know that quite often, many men will experience psychological symptoms before the physical symptoms when their testosterone level is lower than the level his body needs. [2] Some overlooked psychological symptoms of hypogonadism may include:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of focus or difficulty concentrating
  • Less energy and motivation

If someone you know is experiencing these symptoms more often than usual, encourage him to get his hormones thoroughly tested to determine if low testosterone is a contributing factor. [2]

Range of Testosterone Levels

There is a wide range of testosterone that could be considered “normal,” but these levels can vary depending on body type, genetics, age, and many other health-related factors. Therefore, getting a comprehensive hormonal test and consulting with your doctor or Health Restoration Coach are vital steps to understand what testosterone levels might be considered within the healthy range.

With that being said, testosterone levels can vary from 250-1100, and the level that’s considered healthy for one man may not be considered healthy for another. [2] Each man is unique in what their body needs, and these levels can’t be easily predicted because of a man’s age. Some young men may struggle with low testosterone levels while many men over 50 years old could have very high testosterone levels.

That range is wide, so it’s important to check with your Wellness Way doctor to understand your levels and the ideal testosterone level for your body. Typically, as a man reaches 30 and over, it’s preferable to have testosterone levels at 250 or above. [3]

Testosterone and Mental Health: Seeking Answers is Not Weakness

The current system of healthcare has a tendency to label testosterone decline as a common side-effect of getting older. But remember, a common experience might not necessarily be a normal one. In fact, this generalization ignores an entire series of cause-and-effect processes in a man’s body, mind, and life that could contribute to this decline in testosterone.

In general, men tend to dismiss their mental or emotional symptoms rather than search for answers to the ongoing patterns in their mood and thoughts. Some men may even ignore the psychological signals that their testosterone is falling below a healthy level and might only seek answers if they start having more physical signs over a large span of time.

However, not everyone will develop physical symptoms to signal that something is wrong within the body. How will these men know their bodies are healthy unless they are willing to seek support for the mental and emotional concerns that may arise? Keep in mind that the mind and feelings can very well be connected to a physical concern. Seeking out comprehensive testing to address physical and psychological concerns doesn’t mean a man is weak.

Lifestyle Recommendations and Next Steps

Some lifestyle recommendations for hypogonadism that can be implemented anytime include:

  • Regular Chiropractic Care – If your posture is not fully supported, it can create stress and inflammation, which could affect hormone balance.
  • Physical Activity – Try focusing your exercise regimen on heavy weightlifting and high-intensity training rather than cardio (if this exercise is recommended for your body’s needs), ensuring adequate recovery time in between. Testosterone levels in men could increase following heavy resistance exercise. [4][5]
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight – Achieving a healthy weight may actually contribute to an improvement in testosterone levels. [4][5][6]
  • Sleep – Sleep deprivation could possibly create misalignment and cortisol imbalance, which can impact other functions and systems of the body, including weight fluctuations and testosterone imbalances. [7]

Essential Tests for Assessing Your Inflammation Levels and Hormone Health

Your Wellness Way doctor or health restoration coach may order more tests based on what may be most relevant and helpful for your health history.  

Get Your Hormones Tested Either Way

Testosterone can support a man’s health and wellness just as healthy estrogen levels can determine a woman’s overall health and wellness. Even if a man is not showing any of these signs of low testosterone, it doesn’t hurt to have a portrait of your body’s overall health and hormonal functions. If the men in your life are showing some of these mental and emotional symptoms, avoid making assumptions of laziness or worry he’s feeling a general dissatisfaction with life. When properly tested by a qualified doctor or health restoration coach, men can begin to narrow down some contributing factors of low testosterone. Contact a Wellness Way clinic near you to find the answers to your health and hormone-related questions or concerns.

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

2 Comments

  • Harris Montanye says:

    When you say avoid sugar, what does that mean specifically? Avoid just cane sugar or avoid honey, fruit, dried fruit, etc. what about sugars naturally occurring in vegetables?

    Many thanks!

    • The Wellness Way says:

      Hi Harris! Thank you for your question. Primarily avoid direct sugar intake from sweets, minimal on items such as fruit, honey etc. Vegetables have very little sugar but the main emphasis needs to be on direct sugar intake. Carbohydrates aren’t the enemy, it’s the sugar that is, specifically simple or high glycemic carbs. We encourage everyone to get tested to know their specific needs.

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