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Jun 9, 2016

Healthy Living Looks At A Condition Affecting Men

It’s not the kind of diagnosis that men, who are the least frequent to visit the doctor, would go pursuing. In fact, the symptoms are so common place that most men wouldn’t even suspect it. Yet, it’s said that one in every three or four men may be prone to this health issue. Other risk factors include obesity and diabetes, so if you’re a male over forty years, tonight’s segment of Healthy Living may be very informational.


Marleni Cuellar reporting

Testosterone, the naturally produced hormone is usually recognized as the hormone that makes a man – a man. Perhaps, not many know that it’s also produced by women although in a much smaller quantity. Males produce testosterone even before their birth and while it is expected that there will be a slight decline with age – very few men recognize when they are battling abnormally low testosterone.


Daniel Godinez

Dr. Daniel Godinez, Internal Medicine Specialist

“It do things like build up muscles in men, strengthen the bones, it deepens the voice, it boost the size of the genital and it controls the sex drive; so basically we would call it the hormone of men. It is true that when we advance in age, most of chemicals and hormones start reducing but the truth is that many men are suffering of abnormally low levels of testosterone. And as a matter of fact it is said that there have been reports that once you reach the age of forty, about one-third or a quarter; twenty-five percent to thirty percent of men have problem with testosterone levels – abnormally low testosterone levels.”


Testosterone is measured through a blood test and once the testosterone level is below the average range of three hundred to eight hundred nanograms per decileter then it is considered Low T.  A man may not realize there’s a problem specifically because the symptoms are easy to dismiss.


Dr. Daniel Godinez

“Whenever you have Low T, you will have many symptoms unfortunately many of them are non specific and that is one of the reason why men do not consult for this condition. They may include problems with concentration, problem with sex drive, problem with levels of energy, a patient may just feel tired or unenergetic and that can lead to depression. So some men just think that they are depressed and they are lacking adequate level of testosterone. There are many things that can lead to low testosterone, the main one is obesity, gaining weight can cause you metabolic rate change and also your hormone levels. He excessive amount of alcohol intake can affect your hormones, another thing that is affecting a lot of people is sleep deprivation, there are many people who are not sleeping enough; injuries can also affect the person, diabetes and also diseases such as AIDS.”


The problem is that even if the symptoms are recognized, it’s still a hush hush condition event thought it affects so many men. One incentive is that once diagnosed with abnormally low testosterone; you can be treated.


Dr. Daniel Godinez

“It can be treated and there are things that can you can get to substitute the testosterone in many ways. Nowadays there are testosterone that can be given as gels, including things you put in your mouth, pellets under your skin and of course injectables but we do not recommend that you use testosterone routinely.”


This is why doctors also recommend lifestyle changes like: losing weight, exercising, cutting down on alcohol, getting adequate sleep and improving diet – there are even foods that can improve testosterone production.


Dr. Daniel Godinez

“Some are surprisingly common, onion garlic, spinach, lean meats fish, nuts lie almonds and cashews which are common in Belize and pomegranate and other fruits all these things can increase naturally your testosterone levels.”


The good news is that the perceptions regarding low testosterone are slowly beginning to change.
Dr. Daniel Godinez

“To tell you the truth, in the past we had problem getting patients to open up and say. This is my problem let’s check my testosterone. As we recognize it more and more, there has been a little bit of a change in the perception of the problem, which fortunately is a medical problem and can be treated.”

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