When it comes to building lean muscle, the hormone testosterone is vital.
The reason younger men find it much easier to lose fat and build ripped muscle is because of this essential hormone.
If you’re a man over 40 and despite your hours in the gym, find it next to impossible to add muscle and/or cut fat, you may want to have your testosterone levels checked.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Besides the lack of progress at the gym, there are other clues as to whether or not your testosterone levels are low. Some include:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low semen amount
- Decrease in bone density
- Loss of muscle mass
- Body fat increases
While it is natural for testosterone levels to decline as we age, this can be exacerbated by stress, poor diet, some diseases, and lifestyle.
The good news is that this problem can be fixed by lifestyle changes and by hormone replacement therapy if the problem is deemed severe enough.
How to Naturally Raise Testosterone
Medication isn’t always necessary and if you are on the borderline of having low testosterone or just slightly low levels, you can make some important lifestyle changes that can help.
- Clean up your diet: Avoid processed foods and foods high in omega 6 fats. Instead, choose whole foods and healthy fats since healthy fats are needed to produce testosterone.
- De-stress your life: Try to eliminate stress in your life or learn how to process it better. Learn relaxation techniques such as yoga and perhaps go see a counselor. If there are stressors you can eliminate, do so.
- Exercise: Weight lifting is a natural testosterone booster, so don’t stop even if you aren’t seeing great results. Muscle regeneration actually stimulates the production of more testosterone.
Getting Medical Help
Some men may need to address their low testosterone issues with their doctor. Your doctor will order a blood test and look for how much testosterone is in your blood. 300- 1000 ng/dL is the normal range for men.
Once your need is assessed, your doctor can then prescribe a treatment regimen. There are many treatment options available from injections to patches and Nexel Medical explains each in detail on their official website.
When taking testosterone, it’s important to only take the amount prescribed and to have your blood checked regularly to avoid the unwanted side effects of too much testosterone. If you are finding yourself to be much more aggressive than usual while on a testosterone therapy, consult your doctor at once.
It’s also important not to stop the therapy unless directed by your doctor to do so.
The Bottom Line
If you’re over 40, low testosterone doesn’t have to signal the end of your ability to have a ripped physique. It is treatable and once your levels are where they should be, you’ll end the frustration of working out and not seeing results.
Don’t be afraid to admit there is a problem or seek help. Low testosterone doesn’t mean you are weak or less of a man than anyone else. It’s simply a medical issue that can be treated just like any other disorder.