Low T Epidemic: Do You Recognize The 6 Early Signs?

Low T Epidemic: Do You Recognize The 6 Early Signs?

If you're a man over 30, you need to ask yourself...

Do you feel energized and ready to conquer?

Do your workouts yield the same results they used to?

Are you decisive and confident?

How's your sex drive lately...like it used to be when you were 25?

What about your sexual performance (how do you think your wife or girlfriend would answer this question)?

How do you look?  Lean and muscular, or is "dad bod" setting in?

Depending on how you answer those questions, you might be wondering if, like one in four men over 30, you're suffering from low testosterone (or "low T")...

You see, after 30, men lose an average of 10-15% of their testosterone every decade.  While that might not seem alarming, you should know that any significant decline in testosterone can have a dramatic effect on your daily life, and there are a great number of men whose T levels drop more rapidly, and much more sharply after 30, than the average.

And in case you think optimal testosterone is important only for athletes, let me point out the serious health concerns that low T puts you at a significantly higher risk for:

  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high "bad" cholesterol and low "good" cholesterol
  • loss of bone density (and osteoporosis)
  • certain cancers
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • other reduced cognitive abilities, such as memory loss and impaired reasoning
  • erectile dysfunction

So -- the key question: are you one of millions of American men suffering from low T, or among millions more who are well on their way?

Here are the 6 early warning signs:

1. Less Energy and Determination

Often, one of the first noticeable symptoms of low T is severe fatigue and persistent lethargy.  You just don't feel as enthused, motivated and focused as you used to be.  Maybe you've noticed that you're spending more time on the sofa than usual, watching TV instead of tackling projects around the house or enjoying time with your family.

2. Less Decisive, Assured and Confident (Even Moody & Irritable)

Testosterone plays a huge role in a man's mental health, and is responsible for the classic alpha-male attributes of being decisive, competitive, and confident.  These traits are often covered in the media.  What's much less reported is how vital testosterone is to a man's attitude and overall mood.

Low testosterone often causes men to be irritable, grouchy and depressed.  Your typically optimistic outlook is replaced with pessimism and even cynicism, and generalized feelings of depression or hopelessness.

Sometimes, these changes become apparent only through feedback from your family and friends...

They might report that you've been unusually cranky or depressed lately, and that you're defaulting more and more to the "glass is half empty" point of view.

3. Changes in Your Body: Less Muscle & More Fat (Especially Belly Fat)

It's no secret that testosterone builds muscle and strips body fat.  In fact, the physical changes that occur during puberty (broadened torso, deeper voice, more muscle mass and the appearance of visible abs -- just to name a few) are the result of testosterone.

In fact, testosterone is so important to muscle mass and strength, pro athletes and bodybuilders are often tempted to (and do) improve their muscular size and performance by abusing anabolic steroids, which are man-made "analogs" (synthetic versions) of testosterone.

From that it's easy to understand how, as testosterone declines with age, there is a corresponding change in your body...and it's not pretty.

Low T results in loss of muscular strength (many report simply feeling "not as strong" as they once were), loss of muscle mass (it's not uncommon to notice shrinkage in your arms, legs and/or chest via baggier-fitting clothing, etc.) and accumulation of body fat -- especially belly fat.

The media has a new, trendy term for the type of body described above -- the "dad bod."  What is the "dad bod" from a scientific point of view?... it's a "low-T bod"!!

And regardless of how the media likes to euphemize it -- the classic beer-belly and man-boobs aren't sexy, and won't get you laid.

4. Low Desire to Work Out, and Less Benefit from Working Out

Have you noticed less drive to hit the gym, or a decline or leveling-off of results from your workouts (e.g. your strength has plateaued or even dropped, or your body fat percentage has stubbornly held tight even though you're training as hard or harder than ever, and eating healthy)?

Many men with low T report a frustrating difficulty gaining muscle or losing fat, no matter how hard or often they train, or how cleanly they eat.

5. Memory Loss and Lack of Concentration

Testosterone has a well-known association with cognitive (brain) function, and studies have shown a link between (1) improvements in memory and concentration when testosterone is high, and (2) loss of memory and concentration when testosterone levels in your body are low.

Also, some low-T sufferers report feeling confused and just generally lacking clarity and focus.

While there are many conditions that could produce these cognitive ailments, if you're experiencing them together with some of the symptoms described above, you should consider testosterone a likely culprit.

6. Lower Libido and Decreased Sexual Performance

Testosterone is one of the most important factors in male libido, and is absolutely essential to achieving lasting, quality erections.

Ever miss the hair-trigger erections you used to have in your 20's, and the multiple-orgasms (due to the super-short "refractory" periods)?  If you don't, I'll bet your wife or girlfriend does.

The decline in sexual performance as you age is -- you guessed it -- also a function of low testosterone.

Sometimes low T is so severe, even in your 30's and 40's, it's one of the primary causes of erectile dysfunction.

Now... What You Can Do To Treat (Or Prevent) Low T.

Now is the time you should be asking yourself what you can do to halt this universal T decline, and even return to or exceed the healthy testosterone levels of your youth...

Fortunately, there is a very simple thing you can do each and every day, and it takes less than 1 minute.

No -- I'm not talking about testosterone-replacement therapy ("TRT"), although that's a viable option (but one, unfortunately, that often introduces as many health risks as it solves).

But there's a better way -- a natural way -- to significantly optimize your testosterone, even above your 25-year old level, and it's surprisingly simple.

In fact, in one close-to-home case study that I'll share on the next pagethis simple and easy natural solution raised my dad's testosterone from 265 ng/dl to 581 ng/dl - a shocking 119% increase - in just 51 days!

(In other words, in less than two months, his low-T was cured, and he's now enjoying a healthier, stronger body and more fulfilling life.)

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Scientific References:

Kirk L. English and Douglas Paddon-Jones, Protecting muscle mass and function in older adults. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010 Jan; 13(1): 34–39.

Travison TG1, Araujo AB, O'Donnell AB, Kupelian V, McKinlay JB, A population-level decline in serum testosterone levels in American men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jan;92(1):196-202. Epub 2006 Oct 24.

Bradlow, HL, Telang NT, Sepkovic DW, Osborne MP, 2-hydroxyestrone: the ‘good’ estrogen, J Endocrinol. 1996 Sep; 150 Supple: 5259-65.

Deslandes A, Moraes H , Ferreira C, Veiga H, Silveira H, Mouta R, Pompeu F.A.M.S., Coutinho E.S.F., Laks J Exercise and Mental Health: Many Reasons to Move. Neuropsychobiology 2009;59:191–198

Matsumoto AM 2002 Andropause: clinical implications of the decline in serum testosterone levels with aging in men. J Gerontol Med Sci A Biol Sci Med Sci 57A:M76–M99


2 comments

  • I’m a 45 year old truck driver so I don’t know what I can do

    Larondo holliday
  • Hey Larondo,

    The best approach is a blended one. I know it gets tough on the road to eat well and squeeze in some exercise (my dad owned/operated a trucking business after he “retired” from factory work), but do your best to have nutritious meals 80% of the time (check out this article: http://emergentnutrition.com/11-super-foods/). Also, I recommend supplementing with a natural testosterone optimizer, which will fill the gaps in your diet with key nutrients needed to maintain healthy testosterone as you age. Read more about that here: http://emergentnutrition.com/exclusive-report-men-over-40/. Finally, try to work in a few minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week, even if you have to get creative. (Remember the Sly Stallone movie from the 80’s, “Over the Top”, and the little pulley apparatus he rigged to build his arm strength?… There are ways to stay in shape on the road.)

    Good luck!

    Todd Henry

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