Have you heard about the symptoms of Low T?
Of course, you have. That means low thyroid in men.
Everybody knows that.
If you're a man over about 45, you may have experienced weight gain. Maybe you're tired all the time. How about muscle weakness? Erections not as good as you'd like?
In men, those symptoms are often tied to the loss of your hormones as you age.
The first hormone you might think of is testosterone. That type of Low T IS one of the causes of these symptoms.
A Different Kind of Low T
But another Low T - low THYROID - is another reason men start to feel weak, tired, unmotivated, and concerned about their sex life.
Maybe that fat around your waist is getting a bit out of control.
Is it ever a struggle to get off the couch even to mow the lawn or putter around the garage.
Do you find yourself unmotivated and just feeling blah!
4 Common Complaints of Men over 45
Low T Symptom: Fatigue
Maybe you've felt tired all the time. Exhaustion seems like your major mode. You have no energy whatsoever. By that I mean energy to give at work or around the house. Exercise gets the leftovers of your energy . . . if it gets anything.
You could have a lack of motivation at work. Even when you put in a lot of effort, afterwards you just feel drained. You just want to sit on the couch and watch Netflix.
The result is it just doesn't feel like you have the drive and ambition you used to have.
Low T Symptom: Weight Gain
Most of us start getting a bit heavier after 45 or 50. That shows up especially around your waist . . . maybe a beer gut. Haven't been eating all that well, maybe indulging in too much junk food, alcohol. Then there's the lack of exercise that comes from just not feeling motivated to hit the gym or even take a walk.
Low T Symptom: Muscle Weakness
Low T symptoms can include muscle weakness. Another name for that could be "low t weakness." The technical name is "sarcopenia."
Muscle weakness means your muscles can't lift what they used to. But it also means you get pretty worn out, fast. Workouts don't go as smoothly as they used to. You feel exhausted after a workout instead of energized and pumped. Muscle weakness caused by low T also means your muscle definition isn't there. In addition, your muscles can actually shrink.
Low T Symptom: Erectile Dysfunction
Are you still getting "morning wood." A lot of men have that experience less and less as they age. Maybe your wife doesn't complain . . . or maybe she does. But it still can be a cause for worry, even if you don't share that concern. Maybe you just feel a little self-conscious about it . . .
Hormones in women start going away about 4-6 years before menopause. But immediately after they go into menopause, their hormones drop like a rock. Women get hot flashes, weight gain, irritability, insomnia, and a bunch of other symptoms.
Alternatively, men's hormones take a long slow path toward Low T. Men's peak testosterone levels are usually in their late teens or twenties. Testosterone starts to gradually decline, starting in their 30s or 40s, over maybe 10 or 12 years. This is sort of like the frog being boiled to death, it's so slow you may not see it coming.
The same sort of thing happens with the 2 major thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. Those also gradually decline until one day you wake up feeling terrible and you're not sure why.
The thing is, all 4 of these common symptoms are symptoms of low testosterone.
But they're also symptoms of low thyroid.
Testosterone for Low T Symptoms
The good news is that getting your testosterone level just right can help with all 4 of these symptoms of low testosterone in men.
Optimal levels of testosterone help you overcome muscle weakness. The give you strength and stamina for working out.
Testosterone can bring back your morning wood and help you regain the confidence you felt as a younger man. That can be a boost to yourself and your relationship.
When testosterone is just right, it helps you have more energy and feel less fatigued. You'll experience greater motivation. That means at work and just around the house. It could also affect hobbies, sports, and honey do chores. It might even get you thinking about hitting the gym.
Thyroid for Low T Symptoms
Optimizing your thyroid levels - meaning your T3 and T4 hormones - can also help with Low T symptoms in men.
Thyroid levels that are just right can help you lose weight by speeding up our metabolism. Weight gain and loss is not only the result of calories in and calories out. It's under hormonal control. And thyroid hormones are one of the biggest factors in how much energy your body burns.
Just right thyroid helps you sleep better at night and not want to nap during the day. Thyroid is crucial for the energy you need to work, work out, and play.
Low thyroid muscle weakness is just as real as low testosterone muscle weakness. The result of that is that when you take care of both Low T levels, you'll feel even better.
You may have heard about testosterone's role in erectile dysfunction. But low thyroid is one of the most underrated erectile dysfunction causes. That's because you just don't associate thyroid with erections.
Bonus with Low T Treatment
Taking care of Low T (both kinds) goes a long way toward helping men reduce one of the biggest health risks in this country. It's such a big risk that 9 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the US are related to it.
Read the linked blog post and watch my video that explains those 9 risks. Understanding those risks and what's underneath them just might save your own life from the things most likely to kill you!
The Solution for Low T Symptoms
If you've been struggling with 1 or more of these Low T symptoms - maybe you didn't even realize that they might be hormone-related
There is hope that you can start feeling like yourself again.
Your best plan of action is to get your butt to a hormone optimization specialist.
A specialist will draw your blood to find out what your testosterone level and thyroid level actually are.
Optimal vs. Normal T levels
The best providers know the difference between hormone levels that are technically "normal" but not good enough to help you feel and function at your best.
Once they find out if you have Low T, your provider can start you on one or more therapies designed to raise your T level to an optimal range.
They'll also probably have some recommendations for
Diet and Nutrition
First, your provider will want to find out how you're eating and what, if any, supplements you take. Second, they'll want to guide you to reduce foods that cause inflammation like sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods. Third, they'll probably talk with you about targeted nutritional supplements. That means things like Vitamin D, fish oil, and coenzyme Q10.
Your provider will encourage you to get your heart pumping and your muscles moving on a regular basis. That translates into a goal of 30-60 minutes, 3-5 times a week. My doc say, "Not just a little granny stroll. You need to really get moving."
Do you drink alcohol? How about smoking?
What sorts of hobbies do you participate in? Any of those expose you to toxic chemicals or health risks?
How about your job? Is it stressful?
Are you worried about the future? Your kids? Your company? Stress can raise a crucial hormone called cortisol. Running on anxiety for years can take a huge toll on your adrenal glands, which make cortisol. High cortisol levels are a serious risk factor for several health problems in the long-term.
Your provider will point out that you should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep every single night. (You're not! Am I right?) That's because the research keeps growing that adequate sleep is crucial for our hearts, our brains, our blood vessels. In addition, sleep apnea, when you stop breathing at night, is a major risk factor for all sorts of diseases.
Along that line, your provider might recommend melatonin. That's another hormone that has a huge impact on sleep and can help some people get those 7-8 hours. I use it every night.
Fixing Symptoms of Low T Keeps You Well
The combination of all of that will get you back on the path to long-term health and wellness. That means protecting you from the very real risks that Low T (both kinds) brings
- insulin resistance (which is the same thing as . . .)
- type 2 diabetes (which often leads to . . .)
- heart disease (which kills more men than any other cause, by far)
- prostate cancer
- Alzheimer's Disease
Specialists Help With Low T Symptoms
If you're a man over 45, you need to check into whether you have Low T. Spoiler alert: You do!
Click the link on this video that says, Find a Low T specialist.
I know hundreds of them, all over the US, some in Canada and elsewhere. I can't promise I know someone in your town, since I can't control where you live. But I can give it my best shot.
Can You Help Men With Low T Symptoms?
If you ARE a hormone optimization specialist - one who helps men with all their Low T symptoms, I'd love to get you on my hormone provider database. That makes it a lot easier for me to send you patient referrals.
I get TONS of referral requests from all over. I think I've had over 24 in the past week!
I'd love to see if there's someone in your area that needs your help.
Symptoms of Low T References
My PubMed Bibliography about Thyroid
My PubMed Bibliography about Testosterone for Men
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Adding your practice information to my database makes it easier for me to share your contact information with patients and to send you referrals. I get dozens of them every week. I'd love to look for patients in your area. I can't guarantee I'll find any, but I'll give it my best shot.
Thanks,Steve. Excellent presentation. You’ve made me lazy as a teacher.