Balancing Hormones For Men Over 40!
It’s a well known fact that women visit their health care providers more often than men. There are many reasons to explain this trend. Some men (perhaps many) assume that there’s nothing wrong with them, particularly if they have no symptoms, so why waste the doctor’s time and their own?
Unbeknownst to many, signs like rising blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol usually come on insidiously and without symptoms. Is it possible that men are less proactive or engaged in their health because they don’t know what they don’t know, but if they did, they would act on it?
Consider this brief health history of your average guy before 40…
- We know that most teenage boys eat so much that parents can expect to take out second mortgages to finance their growing appetites.
- Their metabolism at this point is so robust in that they can eat whole pizzas and bags of cheetos and still look like beanpoles.
- They take gym class and are probably involved in some organized sport outside of school, which keeps them moving.
- They eat, sleep, move, and go to school. Everybody’s happy.
- These young men then reach their twenties; they may be college/university and have to keep up with the demands of study and they may also be juggling part-time work at this time too; OR they may have entered the workforce, either working 9-5 or shift work.
- If they’ve never received any nutritional or lifestyle guidance by this point, they continue to eat the way they did when they were teens. Regular physical activity may have taken a back seat to the demands of school and work, and so they are moving less.
- If we include smoking, alcohol and/or recreational drug use to the equation, we may start to see metabolic and physical changes take place.
- By their late twenties and into their thirties, they’re settling into their increasingly demanding careers and family lives. At this point, there may be some weight gain, some muscle tension or back pain, maybe a bit of insomnia.
- They’re not visiting their doctors’ offices regularly just yet (unless their partners encourage them to do so, or are threatening to withhold sex if they don’t go!), because nothing is glaringly worrisome at this point and after all, health problems happen to those other, older fellas.
- And so they do nothing. And why should they? Most screening programs for things like diabetes and cholesterol problems start once you hit 40, while prostate and colorectal cancer start at 50.
- What’s their testosterone level like at this point? Do they know? Does it matter?
Let’s take a moment to consider it. Testosterone level is highest during adolescence and early adulthood. It peaks at 30 and begins to decline about 1% per year thereafter.
Testosterone is involved in:
- making protein and muscle
- Helping build bone
- Helping to control blood sugar
- Helping to regulate cholesterol
- Helping to maintain a powerful immune system
- Helping in mental concentration
- Improving mood
- Helping to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease
Symptoms of low testosterone in men include:
- Fatigue, tiredness, or loss of energy
- Depression, low or negative mood
- Irritability, anger or bad temper
- Anxiety, or nervousness
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Loss of sex drive
- Loss of erections or problems during sex
- Decreased intensity of orgasms
- Backache, joint pains or stiffness
- Loss of fitness
- Feeling over-stressed
- Decrease in job performance
- Decline in physical abilities
- Bone loss
- Elevated cholesterol
I ask the question again: does testosterone matter? Does your testosterone level matter to you? And let me tell you, testosterone is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also insulin, cortisol and estrogen.
I have heard Tony Robbins speak about the importance of building yourself a home office to achieve financial success. By home office, he means getting yourself a mortgage guy, an investment guy, a tax guy, a team of 10-12 people to help guide you towards your financial goals.
The same should hold true for your health. You need a health office. You need team made up of a GP, a naturopathic doctor, a personal trainer and any other allied health professional to help address your unique healthcare needs. And you need a strategy, one that includes education, comprehensive assessment and an actionable treatment plan, and invites you to be willing, engaged and accountable participant in your health.
Article by Dr. Dominika Zarzeczny ND. Book your appointment with Dr Dominika today by calling 416.504.9355.