Why all the fuss over testosterone levels as we age? What is the role of testosterone in the body anyway and do we really need to keep track of our levels as we age and especially if we are type 2 diabetics?
I have previously done blog posts on the link between LOW levels of testosterone and the development of Type 2 Diabetes. There is also a link between low T levels and the development of heart disease.
I think if you are going to pursue increasing your testosterone levels you need to:
Pursue a complete program including eating testosterone building foods, doing more aerobic and especially weight bearing exercise. Squats with the dumb bells, along with bench presses, push ups, pull ups, chin ups, mountain climbing, interval fast/normal walking and running, doing short burst of intense running, along with taking the right supplements such as TESTOFEN, or one of the products including testofen such as Ageless male, Testoril etc. I like to do three sets of squats with the dumb bells 3 or 4 times a week to exhaustion.
I would STAY AWAY FROM THE DRUGS AND THE GELS AND CREAMS. Why?.......last time I looked one of the inescapable side effects was "Testicular Atrophy"......YOU DON'T want that.
Blood pressure a little high? TRY green smoothies based on celery first, along with aerobic exercise, losing weight etc. FIRST before simply going on a prescription drug for blood pressure with its own list of deadly side effects.
No heart disease yet, however the doctor urges you to go on LIPITOR and/or CRESTOR, and/or some other drug as a preventive measure? I urge you to to do your own research on the dangerous side effects of Statins FIRST.
PLEASE check out the writings and research of ROB THOBURN on testosterone and the best way to boost yours:
Testofen as offered by Swanson Health Products looks to be a best buy for increasing testosterone. You may also want to look into cycling tribulus terrestis, maca, DHEA 25mg, Ginko Biloba, long jack etc. along with testofen. I urge you to visit several websites that concern themselves with cycling (on and off again) use of these other products.
You can also look at products like Ageless Male and Testoril which are a lot more expensive if you are already taking a decent multiple nutrient program, exercising and eating right.
What should your testosterone levels be? I have seen charts for adult males from 300-1200 ng/dl and others starting at 366 for the LOW end number. A simple blood test done along with your normal blood lipid profile can be ordered by your diabetes doctor. You should also run your iodine levels once in a while.
Here is some further information on T Levels:
Around 95 percent of circulating testosterone is produced by the Leydig cells in the testes, although the adrenal glands also produce the hormone and its precursors. Testosterone is synthesized from the precursor molecule cholesterol, which goes through a complex reaction pathway producing several intermediate molecules on the way. Testosterone production occurs in the Leydig cells under the control of another hormone called luteinizing hormone. This causes an increase in the number of Leydig cells and an increase in the level of testosterone that they produce in puberty and throughout life.
AVERAGE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
Testosterone can be measured in the blood in nanograms per deciliter. The first time testosterone is produced is in the first two months of life where levels can reach
300 ng/dL, followed by a steady rise until 6 months. This is followed by a sharp drop in levels until puberty is reached, when testosterone levels rise until adult levels of 300 to 1,000 ng/dL are reached around age 16. TheNational Institute of Health states that the average testosterone levels in adult males is 700 ng/dL, with the healthy range between 300 and 1,200 ng/dL. In adult females, it should be between 30 and 95 ng/dL.
DAILY TESTOSTERONE FLUCTUATIONS
Within an individual, testosterone levels in the blood can vary 10 percent to 15 percent from one moment to the next. Levels are typically higher in the morning. Levels can also fluctuate during the day because of periodic testosterone secretions that occur about every seven hours. The increased levels of secretion are modest and so the rise and fall of blood hormone levels as a result of this are also minor.
TESTOSTERONE BINDING PROTEINS
One major factor determining blood testosterone levels is the amount of free testosterone compared to bound testosterone. The hormone is normally bound to a sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which is produced in the liver and prevents the testosterone from being metabolized as soon as it enters the blood. However, this means that bound testosterone travels around the blood in an inactive form. Only when testosterone is free in the blood can it perform its biological tasks, yet only 1 percent to 3 percent of testosterone is unbound in the blood. A decrease in the SHBG levels will result in higher blood testosterone levels. It is also known that variations in the testing methods can result in a variation of 33 percent in the levels of testosterone found in an individual. These factors should be taken into account when performing a testosterone measurement. If you have concerns about your testosterone levels, consult your physician.