Among the many symptoms of low testosterone, we now know “Low-T” can also contribute to bone loss in men.
When you think of hormones and age-related “bone loss,” you usually think of women. That is because women, particularly post-menopausal women, are much more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, than men. However, men too, can face weakening bones as they get older. Just as in their female counterparts, declining hormones can be at the root of the problem. In the case of men, it is low testosterone that could be causing bone loss.
Low Testosterone and Bone Loss
For men there is not a sudden increase in the rate of bone loss at a given point in time such as there is in post-menopausal women. However, there is gradual bone-thinning over time, which seems to correspond to the gradual loss of testosterone in men as they age.
Studies have found that men with low testosterone, even those under 50 years of age, are at increased risk of bone loss, thinning bones, and increased risk of fractures.
Again, while the incidence of osteoporosis in men is less than women, the consensus among medical professionals and researchers is that the most common cause of male osteoporosis is testosterone deficiency. Therefore, any man who presents with osteoporosis, is usually tested for low testosterone.
What is the link between testosterone levels and healthy bones? Testosterone contributes to maintaining healthy bones in a number of ways. Bone is a living thing. Throughout your life, old layers of bone “slough off” and new layers are replaced. Estrogen, and minerals such as vitamin D and calcium, are critical to this process. While estrogen is thought of as a “female” hormone, it is still required for building strong bones in men. Men however do not “produce” estrogen; rather a small amount of testosterone is converted to estrogen in men’s bodies, specifically for the purpose of bone replacement.
As testosterone levels drop, so does the amount available to prevent bone loss. Also, testosterone is a precursor to vitamin D, and men with low-T almost always also have a vitamin D deficiency, which also contributes to bone loss.
Testosterone is also necessary to build muscle, and strong muscle helps to maintain strong and healthy bones. And, finally, lack of exercise and obesity both contribute to weakening bones. Men with Low-T can have a lack of energy and motivation, and therefor tend to exercise less, and be overweight.
Warning Signs of Low Testosterone
Before low testosterone can lead to bone loss, or other severe health complications, it is a good idea to recognize these 5 early warning signs of Low-T.
- Low Libido – Sexual performance issues, such as loss of desire, are usually one of the first signs men notice of low testosterone, or the first sign that they care about, anyway!
- Weight Gain – Testosterone is essential for fat metabolism and proper insulin production. Men with low-T tend to put on weight much easier than when they were younger and their testosterone levels were higher. It also becomes more difficult to lose weight, and/or to build muscle, when your testosterone levels are low.
- Loss of lean muscle – Testosterone is not only essential for burning fat, it is critical for building and maintaining muscle mass.
- Depression and anxiety – Depression, anxiety and other mood swings such as irritability, are also signs of low-T.
- Fatigue and lack of energy – One of the “classic” symptoms of low-T is a feeling of general lack of energy, along with low motivation, fatigue and lethargy.
The Many Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
For men with Low-T, testosterone therapy can help strengthen your bones and minimize bone loss. But, that is only one of the many proven benefits of testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy also:
- Decreases belly fat
- Helps build lean muscle
- Improves sleep
- Helps you feel younger and more vital
- Improves memory and cognition
- Can give your sex life a lift
- Improves mood, and can help you feel less irritable, anxious, or depressed
- Can increase your leadership skills, make you more competitive/improve your performance at work
But, the only way to find out if Low-T is your problem is to see a qualified testosterone doctor. Contact our testosterone treatment center today for a free consultation. You may even qualify for your first month’s supply of testosterone absolutely FREE!
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