5 Health Risks Associated with Low Testosterone Levels

by DailyHealthPost

Testosterone plays an important role in the health of men.

Testosterone levels are highest during teenage years and early adulthood but they slowly decrease over time.

Many major health problems are tied directly to low testosterone levels and scientists are beginning to look to testosterone as the key to battling the aging process.

Here are some health risks associated with low testosterone levels.

1. Anemia

Anemia occurs when you body does not produce enough red blood cells. It is a major health concern because blood cells transport oxygen to keep your body functioning properly.

Anemia can sap your energy away and cause disruptions to vital processes. Recent research proves that low levels of testosterone produce a high risk of anemia in men and women[1].

Many times doctors treat anemia with iron supplements and medication to boost red blood cell production. The root cause of anemia, especially in aging men, is likely to be declining testosterone levels.


A diet rich in foods that promote testosterone production might help prevent anemia and its harmful health consequences.

2. Cardiovascular Problems

This is a frequently debated topic in the scientific community, however many studies show a link between heart problems and low testosterone[2].

Preliminary clinical trials suggest that testosterone supplementation may help men with heart disease. The best medicine, however, is preventative medicine.

A natural diet that can stimulate testosterone levels might be effective at presenting cardiovascular problems. Many researchers worry and argue over potential risks of testosterone injections or supplementation, so a healthy diet approach is usually the best course of action to prevent low levels.

3. Diabetes

One area where testosterone therapy is known to help is with insulin response. Diabetes is the result of your body failing to react to insulin—in some cases your body becomes insulin resistant.

A recent study demonstrates a connection between testosterone supplementation in people with diabetes and an improved insulin response[3]. This suggests that low levels of testosterone might be a risk factor for diabetes.

4. Obesity

Research published by the University of Goteborg in Sweden proves that increasing testosterone levels can help middle-aged men lose weight[4]. There is a direct link between metabolism and testosterone. Men with lower testosterone levels are more likely to store nutrients as fat, particularly as abdominal fats.

The Swedish study suggests that improving testosterone levels over the course of eight months results in weight loss, improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol decrease and better insulin response. The fact is that obesity and the health conditions related to it might be a clear sign of low testosterone levels.

5. Aging

What we are really talking about with all of these symptoms is aging. Getting older is the primary indicator of low testosterone levels. There is nothing you can do about getting older. Research indicates that as you age, testosterone drops.

Because the studies investigated here demonstrate that many of the conditions and diseases associated with old age are really the result of low testosterone, it’s clear that testosterone replacement or methods of keeping testosterone levels high are the key to preventing the aging process. Recent research argues that, in older men, testosterone replacement is justified, as it improves the health condition of aging men[5].


  • [1] http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=410603
  • [2] http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/jcem.82.2.3766
  • [3] http://www.eje-online.org/content/154/6/899.short
  • [4] http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/1335979
  • [5] http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/jcem.86.2.7219
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