testosterone

  1. Testosterone levels sink due to common chemical

    This 'hidden' chemical can sap your manhood

    Guys, you know what "right" feels like... and right now, it feels like everything has gone wrong at once.

    You've got less energy than a high schooler during exams week. You're gaining weight like a bear heading into hibernation. And your libido seems to have clocked out for a break -- years ago -- and still hasn't returned.

    Your doc will tell you all these warning signs of low testosterone are a normal part of aging.

    He'll even tell you that you just have to learn to live with it.

    But I've got news for him today, my friend: Not only is he WRONG about the cause, he's even MORE wrong when he says you have to live with it!

    New research exposes a key reason for that dip in hormone levels, and it's exactly what I've warned my own patients of and worked to correct for years now.

    It's not just your age.

    While age alone can certainly sap you of those essential hormones, they're also coming under assault from other factors that are completely within your control.

    And one major risk factor could be sitting on the little shelf in your shower right now.

    Many soaps, shampoos, and other "personal care" products are loaded with a class of chemical preservatives called parabens.

    In the new study, guys with the highest levels of parabens in their urine had lower levels of the "manly" hormone testosterone.

    The most immediate and obvious effect is visible in a microscope: Men exposed to parabens have abnormal sperm, including sperm that are misshapen, too small, and too slow.

    The sperm even had DNA damage!

    That's bad news if you're trying to start or extend your family.

    But even if you're well beyond those years, that's a warning sign that things are going wrong deep inside your body -- because low testosterone means more than just trouble with fertility.

    It leads to the infamous "spare tire" around the stomach... low energy... and troubles with both desire and your ability to "do it."

    You can see and feel those symptoms, but low testosterone does something even worse that you can't see or feel: It can increase your risk of heart problems.

    Your doctor might tell you to just get used to it... but that's not my advice.

    Low testosterone can be reversed with three simple steps.

    1. First, minimize your exposure to parabens and other hormone-disrupting toxins. You can search online to learn which products are safer.
    2. Second, you can get your body to produce more testosterone on its own with a mix of weight loss, a little activity, and some natural therapies, such as acetyl L-carnitine and propionyl L-carnitine.
    3. And third, if you haven't had your hormone levels checked, get tested by a holistic medical doctor. If you're low and can't increase those levels enough on your own, you may be a candidate for safe and effective natural testosterone therapy.

    I can run some tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine to see if this treatment is right for you.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Testosterone cuts heart and stroke risk

    This hormone can make you heart-attack proof

    Most guys are way too embarrassed to admit when things are going wrong "down there."

    They won't even mention it to a doctor!

    But men, it's time to overcome your shyness -- and not just because of the quality of your bedroom time.

    It could be your first -- and maybe ONLY -- warning sign of low hormone levels, and the latest research shows how ignoring it could turn into a deadly mistake.

    If you're too shy to get tested, get help, and get the hormone treatments you need, you could face a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death!

    The new study looked at older men with what's known as hypogonadism, which is just a complicated way of saying low testosterone.

    This isn't a rare condition. In fact, it's shockingly common.

    The older you get, the more likely you'll face it, with estimates showing that some 40 percent of seniors have this condition... including more than half of all guys over the age of 80.

    It can lead to fatigue, memory problems, weight gain, low energy, depression, and -- of course -- those notorious problems in the bedroom.

    But all of those risks are nothing compared to the effects of low hormone levels on your heart, as the new study shows all too clearly.

    In this one, 656 older men with low testosterone were given either hormone treatments or no treatment at all.

    Over eight years, there were ZERO deaths from heart problems among the 360 men who got testosterone.

    ZERO.

    There were only two deaths overall, and they had nothing to do with heart health.

    Even more incredibly, there were ZERO heart attacks and ZERO strokes among men who had testosterone therapy.

    That's beyond amazing.

    Take any other group of 360 older men... track them for eight years... and you're pretty much GUARANTEED to see some heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from those conditions.

    But not here.

    The men who didn't get the hormones they needed, on the other hand, didn't fare nearly as well.

    There were 21 deaths (including 19 from heart problems), along with 26 nonfatal heart attacks and 30 nonfatal strokes.

    That's 1 in 4 men suffering some kind of problem -- either a heart attack, stroke, or death from a heart problem -- when they didn't get the hormones they needed.

    Don't let yourself be part of that group.

    If you spot the telltale signs of low hormone levels, get yourself checked out. Heck, even if you think you're fine, a hormone test won't hurt.

    If you're low, you may not need hormone therapy. Supplements, weight loss, and even diet changes can often get the body to produce more.

    If you're still falling short, then you might need some help from a holistic doctor.

    For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Testosterone warning isn’t what it seems

    Testosterone is safe for older men with low hormone levels – because the new FDA warning making headlines this week refers only to steroid abusers in the gym.
  4. Increase testosterone levels with light therapy

    Low testosterone can cause mood problems, sexual dysfunction, low energy and more – but new research finds light therapy can raise those levels and increase satisfaction.
  5. Testosterone won’t raise prostate risk

    Testosterone therapy won’t raise your risk of prostate cancer and will actually lower your odds of getting the deadliest form of the disease.
  6. Testosterone can help control blood sugar

    Testosterone isn’t just a sex hormone. It can also help control your blood sugar levels, especially if you have or are at risk for diabetes.
  7. Testosterone can prevent hospitalization

    Testosterone is essential to overall health and wellbeing, which is why a new report finds the right levels can help keep you out of the hospital.
  8. Testosterone

    Testosterone can improve male sexual function, lift your mood, and fight depression all at once, according to the latest research.
  9. Testosterone in women can help female brains

    Testosterone gel can improve memory in older women, and may even reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  10. Lack of sleep can increase heart risk

    Poor sleep habits can increase inflammation in women with heart disease -- and inflammation can worsen the disease.
  11. Testosterone levels in men can ease MS

    Testosterone can ease disability and cognitive problems in men with multiple sclerosis.
  12. Ginseng benefits can help beat erectile dysfunction

    Ginseng, an herbal remedy used in Asia for centuries, is shown to help improve erectile dysfunction in a new study.
  13. The hair-raising side effects of Propecia

    If you were to make a list of "male worries," baldness would come in at a solid number two -- right after sex problems.
  14. Obesity kills sperm

    Time for some tough talk about the male waistline -- specifically what's right above it... and what's right below, because the two are more closely linked than you might think.
  15. Sex is safe for heart patients

    Just because you're a heart patient doesn't mean you have to miss out on some Valentine's Day romance. There's still one "do" you can do: If you can climb a flight of stairs without suffering chest pain or a bout of gasping, you can have sex -- even if you had a heart attack just last week, according to the latest advice from the American Heart Association.
  16. Sex makes people happy

    A good meal, a little spending money, and a night of passion -- any one of those things would be enough to make most people happy... especially that last one.
  17. The hormone deficiency that's robbing you of muscle

    There's no doubt about it: We all lose a little something off our muscle as we age, and all the training and exercise in the world can't stop it. But there's a difference between "losing a little" and "losing a lot" -- and today, far too many seniors are losing WAY too much.
  18. The mineral your prostate is begging you for

    When you talk to your doctor about prostate health, the last thing you'd expect from him is a drug that'll make your prostate about as unhealthy as it could possibly be.
  19. 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.
  20. Sex can help women age better

    Sex doesn't just get better with age -- age gets better with sex, especially for women.

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