Natural Alternatives to Testosterone Medication
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a critical role in men’s health, from maintaining muscle mass and bone density to aiding in reproductive functions. Testosterone production gradually drops as we age, however sometimes the body does not produce adequate amounts, resulting in a condition called hypogonadism or “low T.” Many patients who have been diagnosed with low T are prescribed testosterone medication in the form of a patch or gel that is absorbed through the skin. However, the FDA has warned consumers that these products may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke with use. This has led many men who suffer from low T to seek out natural alternatives to testosterone medication.
Get Enough Sleep
According to George Yu, MD, a urology professor at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., getting enough sleep is the most important factor for men with low testosterone. Sleep deprivation can affect the body’s chemicals and hormones, throwing our entire system out of balance. These changes in hormones can have a direct and negative impact on testosterone levels.
Making sleep a priority, and striving for 7 to 8 hours per night, can go a long way toward balancing the body’s hormones. Even if it means adjusting your schedule, or refraining from using your smartphone or tablet right before bed, it’s worth trying.
Diet and Exercise
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but eating healthier and exercising regularly may have a positive effect on men suffering from low testosterone. A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology shows the link between low testosterone and diabetes. Not only could maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise help to prevent diabetes, it may also combat hypogonadism.
Consume More Zinc
Research has shown that severe and moderate zinc deficiency is associated with hypogonadism in men. Ideally, it’s recommended for adult males to have 11 mg of zinc per day. In addition to dietary supplements, there are a number of foods that contain zinc, including:
- Red meat
- Whole grains
- Kidney beans
Coping with low testosterone can be frustrating, but the risks associated with testosterone medication can be life-threatening. Before making any decisions about alternatives to testosterone medication, you should consult with your physician so you can make a well-informed decision.
Disclaimer: This article has been prepared for general information purposes and does not constitute either medical or legal advice, nor does it imply an attorney-client relationship or contract with Wexler Wallace. Any and all alternatives to testosterone medication should be discussed with your doctor.