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:
- Weight Gain
- 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!