If you knew that a major physiological change was going to take place in your life and you could do something about it, wouldn’t you want to learn everything you can about it and do something to ease or stop that transition?

For any young man who has spent awkward moments in a school health class, we all know some subjects make us squeamish, but if you’re a healthy young man with a healthy sex drive, whether you want to admit it or not, you need to start a conversation with yourself and your healthcare provider about testosterone, more importantly, about testosterone levels and how they taper off as you age.

Most likely you already know that testosterone levels reach their peak during adolescence and early adulthood. You know that your voice changes, your shoulders broaden, and you become more masculine looking if you will. Your facial structure matures, hair grows under your arms, your chin, above your lip – you get the idea. But, did you know that for all those changes you undergo during your formative years, after you’ve hit your stride, so to speak, your testosterone levels begin to decline somewhere around the time you hit thirty years old? Yes, it’s true. While the percentage isn’t huge – generally, about a 1% decline with every year – the consequences could be startling.

While you won’t necessarily see any physical changes initially, you may start to notice smaller changes like a decrease in your sex drive or sexual function, even impotence or infertility.

These changes can have a significant impact on your future. Some changes might be subtle and not so alarming like changes to your sleep patterns, emotional changes like a sudden lack of motivation or issues with your self-confidence, or you might notice a decrease in your muscle tone over time. Those changes are gradual, but when combined, they could be quite significant to your overall health and well-being.

The good news is that many, if not all, of those symptoms, can be reversed. There are a significant number of testosterone building supplements on the market today. Researchers are hard at work testing new supplements and monitoring to see which garner the best and safest results for men. There are also non-medicinal ways to optimize testosterone levels. Medical professionals and health advocates are touting a multi-pronged approach that includes a healthy diet plan and exercise. While there’s no one-size-fits-all method, there are options. The most important thing to remember is that you need to pay attention to your body and its natural rhythm. No one knows their body better than you. If you think that there may be something wrong or you’re undergoing a significant change, make an appointment with your doctor. Simple blood tests can tell them (and you) whether your suspicions are correct and can help you and your health care team to come up with a solution to reverse the effects now.

By Cassandra Bullocks

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