If you are a man who’s suffered from bedroom issues you’ll know, erectile dysfunction (ED), can take a major toll on self-esteem and romantic relationships. While ED mostly impacts older men, age usually has nothing to do with it. If you suffer from any of the conditions below, they may be at the root of your performance problems.
Heart disease ~ For the majority of men with ED, cardiovascular problems such as arteriolosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol are at the root of the issue. That’s because, to achieve an erection, the arteries must allow blood to flow throughout the body, not just in the penis. Anything that clogs up your arteries or narrows arteries is going to affect blood flow. Which leads us to the primary cause of heart disease….SUGAR.
For men diagnosed with insulin resistance or diabetes, sugar is the main root of their problem with erectile dysfunction. When the body loses the ability to regulate sugar, it stores it in the vessels due to a process known as glycosylation. Think of this process as the build up of sugar making the blood more “sticky”, therefore leading to blockages in the kidneys, blood vessels (to the penis particularly), peripheral nerves and lenses of the eye.
Hormonal problems, such as thyroid dysfunction or pituitary tumors or malfunction, can lead also lead to ED.
Although testosterone deficiency plays a part, those hormone levels affect libido, not erectile function. If a man’s libido is low, that certainly can affect his erections, but it does it indirectly.
What’s more, it can be hard to tell whether ED is related to low testosterone, as men with low testosterone can also have symptoms like fatigue, and weaker erections. Whether or not that is related to testosterone deficiency or usual things like not sleeping enough, poor lifestyle and/or lack of exercise, is part of my job.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I have spent years decoding the mysteries behind the miraculous functions of the body. If you find yourself in any of the above situations, know that there is a natural solution. Contact the office to schedule your appointment to discuss your concerns and solutions further.
Reversing the Aging Process with Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The aging process cannot be totally stopped or reversed, but scientists are showing certain aspects of it can be slowed to a significant level, improving one’s overall health, and making one FEEL younger. The aging process is now known to be caused by a combination of several factors, the two most well-studied being:
1) Oxidative breakdown at the cellular level, which leads to DNA damage, and
2) Decreased hormone secretion, including testosterone, progesterone, estrogen and growth hormone, among others.
Oxidative breakdown has now been proven to be slowed by taking nutritional supplements containing antioxidants and other cofactors, such as minerals and phytonutrients (herbs). Likewise, hormone supplementation can slow, and in some cases even reverse, signs of aging. Of all the hormones that decrease with age, the one most commonly associated with premature aging is deficiency of testosterone.
Researchers in aging are becoming more and more convinced that supplementing vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients along with hormone replacement is the best way of slowing the aging process and keeping our vitality. Testosterone research is especially exciting, because studies have shown it to be able to actually REVERSE some of the signs of aging. Since our body does not secrete this hormone efficiently as we age (although it continues to produce it in smaller dosages), it cannot repair itself to prevent a breakdown in many of our systems.
Increased Testosterone Levels Provide the Following Health Benefits
INCREASES ENERGY & ENDURANCE, IMPROVES SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY
Increased energy and endurance are the most obvious benefits you will recognize within 30 to 90 days after the start of your testosterone replacement therapy. It’s much easier for us to recognize that we suddenly have more energy and endurance than it is to recognize that our bones are becoming stronger or that our immune system has been strengthened. So it is the benefit of more energy and endurance that first manifests itself.
For those who work out or participate in sports, Testosterone Replacement Therapy has been shown to lead to improved levels of sports and exercise performance. Testosterone Replacement Therapy will not, in of itself, increase your skill levels, but it will allow you to work longer and harder to develop those skills in your chosen physical activity. Currently injectable testosterone use is outlawed in amateur competition due to it’s anabolic-like activity. Testosterone releasers are not banned, however, as they are not considered drugs and are naturally found in foods.
IMPROVES LIBIDO AND SEXUAL PERFORMANCE
The decline in male and female libido parallels the decline of testosterone released in the body. Testosterone levels and sexual potency peak during puberty, and decrease throughout manhood until, by the age of 80, 75% of men are incapable of having or sustaining erections.
Interviews with people that use testosterone for anti-aging therapy indicate that almost everyone, men and women, had improvement in libido and sexual function.
INCREASES IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION
At puberty, our Immune system functions at its peak, thus providing the greatest resistance to diseases associated with aging and life style. Doctors now recognize testosterone replacement therapy as a powerful, safe, (no side effects) natural method of strengthening a healthy immune system, and repairing damaged, or weakened immune systems. All of the other health and wellness benefits of testosterone therapy also contribute to maintaining healthy immune system by reducing the demands in the immune system to ward off common colds, flu, and other assorted ailments.
TESTOSTERONE REDUCES FAT ACCUMULATION AND BUILDS LEAN MUSCLE MASS
Testosterone does something no other weight loss regimen does – it actually recontours the body, melting away fat and building muscle. In many cases, people look like they’ve shed years away with the fat. Even better, the greatest loss occurs in the deep belly fat, the area that is not only the bane of aging men and women but is most often associated with increased risk of heart attack. In studies of testosterone deficient adults, as well as aging “normal” people, testosterone replacement reduced body fat and increased lean body mass. This is unique, in that most diets result in loss of muscle along with the fat!
IMPROVES CARDIAC FUNCTION AND CHOLESTEROL PROFILES
Treatment with testosterone also reversed heart failure in several studies. In a 1996 New England Journal Of Medicine Article, seven patients treated with testosterone (five men and two women) who had moderate-to-severe heart failure, increased the thickness of the left ventricular wall, enhanced the ability of the heart to contract and pump out blood, reduced the oxygen requirement of the heart, improved exercise capacity, and the patient’s quality of life.
Testosterone replacement therapy improves cardiac function and protects against cardiovascular disease in a number of ways. In studies of testosterone deficient adults, testosterone significantly improved blood cholesterol profiles, raising the “good” HDL and lowering the “bad” LDL.
REVERSES AGING CHANGES IN THE SKIN & PROMOTES THICKER HAIR
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the only anti-aging treatment known that actually makes people look younger! As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses its firm texture.
Patients usually started noticing changes within a few weeks of treatment. Fine lines vanished, deeper wrinkles receded, and facial fat decreased so that puffs of fat under the eyes evaporated, while the facial muscles that lift and hold the skin became stronger. Another result is the elimination, over a period of time of Cellulite.
Testosterone also increases the synthesis of new proteins that lie underneath skin structure. In animal experiments, it increased the strength and collagen content of the skin. Collagen and elastin are the underlying foundation of the epidermis. Testosterone restored the turgor, or bounciness, that is characteristic of young skin, so the skin bounced back more readily on a pinch test and became better toned, and sagged less.
While Testosterone Replacement Therapy may not be for everyone due to the high cost of the hormone, the benefits are life-changing. To find out how you can get started, please contact the office here.