What to Do If Your Testosterone Is Getting Lower

Testosterone is linked to libido, stamina, and overall manliness – so when your testosterone starts to lower as you get older you might be looking for a way to get it back to how it used to be.

Here are three ways to increase T levels naturally:

1. Exercise

Heavy resistance exercise has been shown to help strengthen bones, increase muscle size and strength, and increase Testosterone levels.

If you do decide to get back into the gym, do not overexert yourself at first. That can lead to a higher risk of injury and too much strain on your heart. Speak to your doctor before starting any physical routine.

2. Diet

As with a lot of other aspects of your life, T levels are linked to diet. Research shows monounsaturated fat and saturated fat can dramatically increase testosterone levels. There are plenty of healthy ways to increase fat into your diet: olive oil, almonds, peanuts, avocados, and pecans are all sources of monounsaturated fats.

3. Zinc

The USDA recommends that men over 50 take daily zinc supplement containing at least 11 mg. Even a moderate zinc deficiency can cause your T levels to drop significantly.

Testosterone Replacement

Now, the options listed above were just a few simple ways to might be able to help with lower testosterone, but they do not reliably maintain T levels. If you have low T, testosterone replacement may be a more reliable option.

The most common products available for testosterone replacement are topical gels, applied daily, or weekly injections, which can be self-administered. Both are acceptable treatments, so it is based on patient preference for the treatment that suits them best.

It is important to also note that there are no oral preparations, so any advertised OTC products cannot reliably increase T levels enough to have a beneficial effect.

Once determined that your testosterone levels are low, the physicians at Philadelphia Urology Associates can work with you to find the low T treatment that works best for you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Philadelphia urologists, call Philadelphia Urology Associates at (215) 563-1199 or contact us online.

 

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