Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What Age Should My Husband Have His Testosterone Level Checked?

Feb. 17, 2016

Dear Cathy:

I have a hard time getting my husband to have regular checkups at the doctor's office. He is only 42 with a very low sex drive and I am thinking it might be his testosterone. At what age should my husband have his testosterone level checked and what else should we know about testosterone?  Low Sex Drive, Arkansas

Dear Low Sex Drive:

Years ago, they told all men to have their testosterone level checked at age 50 but because of toxic GMO foods and environments, they are telling all men today to get checked at age 35 or even earlier.

They call Testosterone, Low T, and it is known as the “Love Hormone.” Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the human body and is mainly produced in the testicles in men.

It stimulates sperm production and a man’s sex drive and also helps build muscle and bone mass. During puberty, testosterone helps build a man's muscles, deepens his voice, and boosts the size of his penis and testes.

In adulthood, it keeps a man’s muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex. After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone.

Some of the symptoms include low sex drive; Low Semen Volume, which can cause infertility; Hair Loss; Fatigue & Lack of Energy; Loss of Muscle Mass; Increase In Body Fat; Decrease In Bone Mass; and mood changes.

Women often experience changes in mood during menopause, when their levels of estrogen drops, however, men with low T can experience similar symptoms.

Testosterone influences many physical processes in the body. It can also influence mood and mental capacity, including depression, irritability, or a lack of focus.

Treatments include Testosterone injections; A daily gel or patch; and they can implant pellets in your rear, which can release testosterone over the course of 3 to 4 months.

There are also side effects so try to use a natural supplement from a health or wholefood store instead. Testosterone treatments can raise a man’s red blood cell count, as well as enlarge his breasts, and accelerate prostate growth so treatments are not advised for men with or at risk for prostate cancer. 

The goal is to get entrenched in the holistic or natural community, which contains the keys to having an active and healthy sex life.  You can read more on how to do this in my health book "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) -- available as an e-book and paperback at

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