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Super Dads: Beware Of The Health Risks Of Low Testosterone

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If unexplained fatigue, weight gain, depression, muscle loss and a general loss of well being is affecting your duties as a father, you should get your testosterone levels tested. We know that decreased levels of this hormone affect your libido and cause erectile dysfunction. But it can also increase your risk of cancer, heart attacks, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. Maintain healthy levels at 600-800 ng/dl.

Being a dad is one of the most important and rewarding responsibilities a man can have. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline for his children. His work is endless and often thankless. But in the end, it shows in the sound, well-brought up children he raises.

But there are a few things as valuable for a father who will do everything he can, and provide all the tools he has so that his children can become better than him.

Try and examine your physical and mental well-being by assessing yourself. You may need to re-think if you are experiencing the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Irritation
  • A decreased sense of well-being
  • Lack of motivation
  • Muscle loss

You may also be experiencing low libido and erectile dysfunction.

Low Testosterone: The Underlying Factor

This may be a hormonal imbalance or low testosterone. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a solution? Well, there is. Have your hormones (testosterone, thyroid, adrenal function, and neurotransmitter) tested.

Once tested, you can be treated with natural effective therapies that balance your hormones and normalize your testosterone. Let’s be honest, it is usually the low libido and erectile dysfunction that bring my male patients into the office to be tested and treated.

Problems Associated With Low Testosterone

However, there are significant health risks that occur when a man has low testosterone. If the testosterone is below 300, there is a three and one half times the increased risk of cancer mortality, double the risk for heart attacks, and increased the risk for type two diabetes. Inflammatory diseases increase as well as osteoporosis and obesity.

What Researchers Have To Say

Decades of research have shown the health benefits of normalizing testosterone. A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology, April 2016, showed that after 3 years, 125 non-testosterone therapy patients suffered major adverse cardiovascular events, while only 38 medium-dose and 22 high-dose patients did.

Can Low Testosterone Be Treated?

Low testosterone is generally treated by injections or bio identical hormonal crème. I have studied with Dr. Morgantaler, a professor at Harvard, who has spent his life’s work studying testosterone (40 years). He recommends ideal testosterone levels around 600-800 ng/dl(nanograms per decilitre)). In fact, these are the comments I hear in my office when men are treated for low testosterone.

  • “I feel like myself again”
  • “I feel normal”
  • “My wife enjoys spending time with me again”
  • “I have more patience with my children”
  • “I don’t have to plan for sex like I did with the pills”
  • “I feel younger”
  • “I wake up with excitement for my day”
  • “I’ve taken up my hobby again”
  • “I feel alive”

So, dads have your testosterone tested and if it is low, consider being treated appropriately. You deserve to be happy, energetic, focused, and healthy so that you can be the best Dad!

Sharon Norling

Dr. Sharon Norling is a nationally known and highly respected medical doctor specializing in integrative medicine and practicing advanced functional medicine in Westlake Village, CA. Dr. Norling graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has trained at USC and UCLA. She received her MBA from St. Thomas University. Dr. Norling’s expertise is based on her years of clinical experiences, former Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her research. She is national board-certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Recognized for her expertise has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary Alternative Medicine Policy. She has served in multiple leadership roles as Medical Director and senior management in two large healthcare organizations. Dr. Norling is an international speaker and the author of Your Doctor is Wrong. Dr. Norling is a medical authority, a visionary and an extraordinary leader who provides real solutions for patients who have been dismissed or misdiagnosed.

Sharon Norling

Dr. Sharon Norling is a nationally known and highly respected medical doctor specializing in integrative medicine and practicing advanced functional medicine in Westlake Village, CA. Dr. Norling graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has trained at USC and UCLA. She received her MBA from St. Thomas University. Dr. Norling’s expertise is based on her years of clinical experiences, former Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her research. She is national board-certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Recognized for her expertise has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary Alternative Medicine Policy. She has served in multiple leadership roles as Medical Director and senior management in two large healthcare organizations. Dr. Norling is an international speaker and the author of Your Doctor is Wrong. Dr. Norling is a medical authority, a visionary and an extraordinary leader who provides real solutions for patients who have been dismissed or misdiagnosed.