Low testosterone impacts bone health in men, both young and old

Low testosterone impacts bone health in men, both young and old

Osteoporosis on the rise for both men and women

For most men, testosterone levels aren’t an issue until fertility is questioned. But the medical community is increasingly recognizing the impact of low testosterone, particularly in young and middle-aged men. What was previously a problem of old age is increasingly found in otherwise healthy men.

Because the symptoms of low testosterone are vague, the problem often goes unnoticed. Common signs of diminished testosterone in young and middle-aged men include loss of muscle mass, back pain and fatigue. But the condition can also mean significant loss of bone mass, which is too often caught after a fracture has already occurred. Osteoporosis isn’t a women’s disease anymore.

Undiagnosed low testosterone means that men might be losing bone mass at a high rate, in addition to other problems. If you suspect that low testosterone might be impacting your health, a primary care physician can help to determine why and how best to address the issue.

But the good news is that there’s a natural way to increase the body’s production of testosterone: exercise. Resistance training, such as push-ups, squats and weight lifting can all help.No matter your gender, or your level of testosterone, resistance exercise is a great way to maintain long-term bone health. Not to mention the important benefits of improved heart function, maintenance of bone and joint health and elevated mood.

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