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Posted by Barry on Sep 14, 2013

Low T


Guys do you suffer from low testosterone?  I have been informed by people on our team that many men suffer from this as they get into their 40s and beyond so I decided to do some research on it and inform the GooBurner Family!

When men have low testosterone, their body isn’t producing enough of the sex hormone that is need not only for sexual activity, but also for physical and emotional health.

The causes of low testosterone are diverse: Low testosterone symptoms may result from aging, an accident, an injury, other health conditions, or even certain medications men are taking. In recent years, research has also found a strong link between obesity and low testosterone levels in men. A recent article noted that men who were obese and had type 2 diabetes were also much more likely to have low testosterone levels. In addition, it seems that low testosterone and obesity are deeply intertwined, and low testosterone itself plays a role in advancing other conditions, such as heart disease.

“The best way to manage these symptoms is to lose weight,” says Edward Levitan, MD. “We know that fat tissue converts testosterone into estrogen, the female hormone. Also, building muscle is important to increase testosterone. The more muscle a person has, the more testosterone the body produces.”

The Importance of Exercises for Men

Regular exercise can play a role in turning around testosterone levels in men and reducing low testosterone symptoms. A study that involved 32 men with low testosterone levels and type 2 diabetes found that 52 weeks of supervised diet and exercise, along with testosterone replacement therapy, significantly improved testosterone levels. What’s more, testosterone levels in the men improved even if they were not undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.

“Men will commonly ask what natural approaches can be taken to stimulate internal testosterone production,” says J. Aaron Davis, ND. “There’s good evidence that resistance training can trigger an increase of testosterone production.”

Exercise has many beneficial effects on the body. Weight loss is a big one, of course, but exercise can also improve bone density and even mood, both of which can be negatively affected by low testosterone. “Resistance training likely will have some direct influence on increasing circulating levels of testosterone while also addressing some of the common symptoms of low testosterone, including fatigue, decline in muscle mass, decline in strength and stamina, decline in sex drive, and sleep disturbances,” Dr. Davis says.

Exercises for Men: Get Moving

Every type of exercise has advantages, but experts suggest a specific approach to exercise for men with low testosterone symptoms, especially if their low testosterone has prevented them from exercising a lot in the past. Recommendations include:

  • Focus on weights. For the biggest boost to testosterone weights and resistance training, which build muscle, trump cardiovascular activities like running or walking.


  • Do get in some cardio. Cardiovascular activities also play an important role that shouldn’t be ignored, especially when it comes to their impact on weight loss and heart health, and for the secondary effects they can have on testosterone levels. Aerobic exercise is beneficial for weight loss and needs to be accompanied by strength training. The combination of weights and cardio training can provide the most reliable improvement in symptoms.

At the same time, be aware that exercise, although vital for improving low testosterone and overall health, isn’t the only answer. For some men, it’s going to take more to remedy low testosterone symptoms. The answer might need to include medical treatment. “If a man’s testosterone is very low,” Davis says, “exercise will likely only provide a small increase in levels and won’t achieve the same results as testosterone replacement therapy, or by addressing underlying health conditions that may be causing the low testosterone.”

So there you go.  If you suspect that you suffer from low testosterone then get tested by your doctor and see if you need medical treatment.  Either way you need to be working out for all the benefits it provides to your health and your life, including the increase in testosterone.

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