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|Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM|
I see a lot of ads for testosterone replacements aimed at older men. Low test levels are a common problem with aging men. Experts say that after the age of 30, testosterone decreases by 1% each year, and with that decrease, men can expect loss of muscle mass, fat gain, lack of energy, and worse of all, a loss in libido. By age 40, decreasing test levels diminish the quality of a man’s sleep
Testosterone does decrease with age, but is this change really inevitable? It’s a fact that resistance training forces your body to release more testosterone, and the more muscle groups that a lift involves, and higher the intensity, the more testosterone your body releases in response to that stimulus. So are dwindling testosterone levels--associated with age--something that can be avoided? Research says yes.
Two study centers in Australia recruited 325 men over the age of 40 (the median age was 60) who had self-reported excellent health with no symptoms or complaints. Blood samples were taken from these men nine times over a three-month period. Men who took medications that affected testosterone were excluded from the study.
Obesity had a mild effect on test levels, the investigators reported, but age had no influence on testosterone levels. The slight decline in blood testosterone among older men, commonly associated with nonspecific symptoms, such as fatigue and low sex-drive, may be caused by symptomatic disorders that accumulate during aging. Heart disease and obesity where among those symptoms.
In short, the message for patients, and their doctors, is that older men with low testosterone levels do not need testosterone replacement therapy unless they have diseases of their pituitary gland or testes.
The decrease in testosterone is not the cause of many of the problems men face as they age. The decrease is merely a symptom of poor health, so when it comes to testosterone, use it or lose it. Stay active. Incorporate resistance training into your workout routines, and make sure to include compound movements into your regimen.
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