As another year draws to a close, this is the season to reflect on your experiences from the past and imagine what you hope to achieve in the next year. At EveresT Men’s Health, our mission is to help every man realize his best health potential, which is why we hope you prioritize your health in 2019.
The are many lifestyle and hormonal factors that contribute to men’s weight gain. For starters, when you approach your mid-30s, your metabolism begins to slow down. That in combination with other lifestyle choices in your 40s and 50s may leave you with low energy and less motivation to hit the gym or make conscious food choices.
Low testosterone (or low T) is a clinical condition in which low levels of testosterone are found in association with specific signs and symptoms. Low T can be a result of chronic medical conditions; an imbalance in hormones from weight gain, caused by certain medications; or part of the body’s natural aging process.
For many men in their 30s and 40s, sleep deprivation may sound like a normal part of the aging process. Between working 8 or more hours at the office, budgeting finances, and raising a family, it is not uncommon for men to feel fatigued and exhausted throughout the day. However, sleep deprivation is a serious condition that men should not ignore. In fact, it may be a sign of low testosterone
As you approach your 40s, you may start to notice that maintaining a healthy body weight requires more time and effort than simply going to the gym. That’s because as you age, your body loses muscle mass and your metabolism starts to slow down—which may cause other health issues down the road, including heart disease and sleep apnea.
At EveresT Men's Health clinic, many men come to us for our expertise in testing and treating men determined to have low testosterone. Our primary focus is to be a knowledgeable resource for men who question whether changes in energy may be related to deficient testosterone levels. If we identify low levels, we will explore hormonal correction through testosterone replacement therapy. Currently, available methods include injectable testosterone, topical applications, and implantable hormonal pellets.
Low testosterone is not uncommon, especially in older men, as testosterone levels decrease with age. This is not the only cause for low T, however. Men of all ages can be affected, and there are a number of different factors that can influence these hormone levels – as well as treatment options.
We’re early enough into the New Year that many people are still sticking to their resolutions – but perhaps finding it harder and harder to do so. Habits aren’t created overnight, and it’s easy to bite off too much change at once. Here are some practical tips from our men’s health clinic that can help you focus and prioritize positive changes to your health in the coming year:
- Use Variety as Motivation. In your meals and your workouts, make sure to maintain a good dose of variety – nothing kills a good habit like boredom. When you exercise, be sure to rotate through aerobic, strength, and flexibility workouts. Try something new like swimming laps or attending a yoga class. Similarly, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. Counting calories isn’t nearly as important as making sure you’re getting a well-balanced meal that provides the energy and nutrients you need to thrive.
- Don’t Skimp on Sleep. Sleep is often sacrificed with the best of intentions. If you’re getting up earlier to hit the gym or pack a homemade lunch, make sure you aren’t doing it at the expense of a good night of sleep. Be aware of your current habits, too – you aren’t going to make the switch to being a “morning person” overnight, for example. Plan ahead to make your evening and morning routines as easy as possible, and try to minimize stress and screentime before going to bed. Sleep is incredibly important for male health!
- Find – and See – a Doctor. One of the best ways to take better care of yourself is also one of the least demanding. Unlike joining a gym or pledging to eat better, finding a doctor isn’t a daily task. Once you find a doctor you’re comfortable with, commit to seeing them at least once a year. Many men ignore their health when they aren’t feeling poorly, and can miss opportunities to be proactive and prevent future issues. Also, many men’s health issues are brushed off even when they do feel poorly. This year, if you don’t feel like yourself, don’t wait – talk to a men’s health doctor.
Whether you’re in great health, concerned about your health, or noticing symptoms of low testosterone, EveresT Men’s Health Clinic is here to help. We look at male health holistically and provide proactive and reactive services that are tailored to your needs and your body. Let us help you achieve optimal physical and mental health. Contact our Minnesota men’s clinics today!