What Dads Need to Know about Testosterone

A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, the efforts pay off in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises.

Few things are as valuable as a father who will do everything he can and provide all the tools he has to ensure his children can become better than him.

Being a dad is one of the most important and rewarding responsibilities a man can have. Do you have the right tools?

Symptoms to Watch

How are you feeling? Are you experiencing fatigue, weight gain, depression, irritability, decreased well-being, lack of motivation or muscle loss? How about low libido or erectile dysfunction?

These symptoms may indicate hormonal imbalance or low testosterone levels, conditions which can keep you from being the great father you aspire to be.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a solution? Well, there is: Get your hormones (testosterone, thyroid, adrenal function and neurotransmitter) tested. Once tested, natural effective therapies can be implemented to balance your hormones and normalize your testosterone.

Testosterone Matters

Okay, let’s be honest. It is usually issues with low libido and erectile dysfunction that bring male patients into the office to be tested and treated.

Significant health risks exist in men with low levels of testosterone. If the testosterone level is below 300, there is a three and a half times increased risk of cancer mortality, double the risk of a heart attack and increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammatory diseases, osteoporosis and obesity.

Decades of research have shown the health benefits of normalizing testosterone. A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology in April showed that after three years, 125 non-testosterone therapy patients suffered major adverse cardiovascular events, compared to 38 medium-dose and 22 high-dose patients.

Low testosterone is generally treated by injections or bioidentical hormonal crème. One of my mentors, Harvard Professor Dr. Morgantaler, has spent 40 years of his life studying testosterone and he recommends testosterone levels range from 600-800.

These are the comments I hear in my office when men are treated for low testosterone.

  • “I feel like myself again.”
  • “I feel normal.”
  • “My wife enjoys spending time with me again.”
  • “I have more patience with my children.”
  • “I don’t have to plan for sex like I did with the pills.”
  • “I feel younger.”
  • “I wake up with excitement for my day.”
  • “I’ve taken up my hobby again.”
  • “I feel alive.”

So, dads, get your testosterone levels tested and consider appropriate treatment if your levels are lower than they should be. You deserve to be happy, energetic, focused and healthy so you can be the best dad you can be!

Dr. Sharon Norling practices Advanced Functional Medicine in Westlake Village. Call 818.707.9355 or visit DrSharonNorling.com.