testosterone levels

  1. The manly way to lower your heart risk

    You already know how testosterone can bring your sex life back from the dead. Now, the latest research shows how it can keep the rest of you out of the grave as well.

    In fact, this manly hormone can slash your risk of two of the greatest killers of seniors: heart attack and stroke.

    Swedish researchers examined testosterone levels of some 2,400 men in their 70s and 80s, then tracked them for an average of five years.

    Over that time, they found that men in the top 25 percent of testosterone levels had a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems including heart disease, heart attack and stroke than everyone else -- and that's even after adjusting for risk factors including weight, diabetes and a previous history of heart attack and stroke.

    The study doesn't go as far as to prove that testosterone is the reason for the stronger hearts -- but it's certainly not the first to make the link.

    A study last year found that men in their 70s and 80s with the lowest levels of testosterone were more likely to have at least three of five signs of failing health -- including heart disease, chronic fatigue, and difficulties getting around.

    Another study even found that men with the lowest levels were most likely to die younger.

    Clearly, you need this stuff… even if you think you're no longer interested in sex. Now, the question is how to get it -- because if you're past middle age, you almost certainly need more.

    First thing's first: Head to a physician experienced in natural hormones. He can check your levels, find out where you are, and give you what you need the right way.

  2. The hidden risks of fatherhood

    You make a lot of sacrifices when you become a parent -- but this is one I'm sure most men never see coming...

    It's the loss of their manhood.

    No, I'm not just talking about the fact that one-time tough guys will coo at a baby, or decorate a nursery in pink.

    I'm talking about real research that reveals a sharp dip in testosterone levels from the moment they hear the words, "It's a boy!"

    Fatherhood can literally cause testosterone levels to plummet by as much as half the moment a child is born. And while it recovers after that (a little bit, anyway), they never quite get their pre-parental mojo back.

    Researchers measured testosterone levels by taking saliva samples from 600 childless men in the Philippines, then repeated those tests for five years. The men who had kids during that time saw their levels plunge by 50 percent in the first month of fatherhood.

    Those who were most involved in physically caring for their child had the biggest drops. (If you ever needed an excuse to skip diaper-change, this is it!)

    Testosterone levels eventually recovered when the children reached toddlerhood — but not completely. Men with kids had 34 percent less testosterone by the end of the study, while men without had drops of just 14 percent (we all lose a little as we age).

    But you don't have to tolerate low testosterone levels, whether you're a dad or not. There are simple steps you can take right now to keep your hormone levels exactly where they need to be.

    First, be sure to get your rest. Testosterone levels can fall by 15 percent after just one week of sleepless nights, according to a recent study.

    Next, lose some weight: Studies have found that overweight and obese men have lower levels of the hormone -- and that those levels rise when the weight comes off.

    Finally, find a safe way to get off the drugs you don't need (and that's nearly all of them). Many come with side effects that are downright emasculating. One recent study found that men who take statins, for example, have double the risk of low testosterone.

    If none of these apply to you, and you're suffering from low testosterone, here's one for you: Emerging research has found that an extract of the spice fenugreek can actually cause free testosterone levels to surge by as much as 96 percent. Read more about it here.

    That's enough to turn you into the manliest dad -- or even granddad -- around.

  3. Low testosterone linked to frailty

    For men, the answer to the age-old problems of frailty may be locked inside our testosterone levels, as a new study out of Australia finds that low levels of the hormone could sap you of your vim and vigor.

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