Low T 101

June is Men’s Health Month, so you’ll notice a focus on men’s health and fitness in the Pinnacle Fitness Club blog, newsletter, and social media. We want you to take this month and really celebrate and support the men in your life. A big part of encouraging healthy practices starts with education. So, let’s dive into a topic that affects 1 in 4 men over the age of 30: low testosterone.

What is Low T?

Testosterone is found in all humans, but females produce it in small amounts. Testosterone production in males increases significantly during puberty, and begins to decrease after the age of about 30. When a male’s testosterone gets too low, it can cause deficiencies. Low T triggers the following:

 

  • moodiness
  • weight gain
  • loss of muscle mass
  • diminished libido

What Causes Low T?

For the most part, the decrease in testosterone production in males around 30 is a natural occurrence. That being said, in the past 20 years, testosterone levels in the general population have dropped an average of 20-30%. How can it be that this problem is getting worse?

The short answer? We’re getting fatter. Here’s the science behind this harsh reality from Adam Bornstein, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Born Fitness:

“The more fat you carry, the more aromatase you produce, an enzyme that converts your testosterone (the good stuff) into the female hormone estrogen. This is what will make you look softer, harms arousal, and even makes you more emotional. By cutting down on your fat, you’ll have the greatest impact on ensuring that you continue to produce more testosterone and stay young as long as possible.”

Studies have also found that lack of sleep, increased alcohol consumption, and high levels of stress also heavily contribute to this growing problem in men’s health. These are sadly very commonplace struggles most men have in their everyday lives, making Low T rather ubiquitous in our society.

How Pinnacle Fitness Club Can Help

Hormone replacement therapy is a popular option, and for some it is necessary. Before taking that route, however, it is best for the patient to talk to their doctor about how a healthier lifestyle can affect their T levels.

Depending on the doctor’s recommendations, a man suffering from Low T can start to fight back with healthier lifestyle choices. Joining an Omaha gym or fitness club with a solid community is a great place to start. We put an emphasis on community because we’ve found that it really makes a difference in the longevity of most fitness plans. Encourage this change by suggesting a tour or getting a guest pass to see if Pinnacle in downtown Omaha is the right fit for them.

Joining a fitness community doesn’t just encourage exercise, it fosters healthier choices on a daily basis. Choices like getting more sleep, reducing alcohol consumption, and investing in a healthier diet should all sound familiar as lifestyle changes that can combat Low T!

If you would like to talk about how to encourage the men in your life to focus on their health, we can help. Please contact us for a tour, guest pass, or more information on our fitness club offerings.