How can I help increase my testosterone levels?

First off, there are things a guy can do to raise his testosterone (T) levels naturally:
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Lose some weight (fat -- especially belly fat -- acts like a testosterone "sponge")
  • Quit smoking
A guy with low T also has medical options, the most popular being a testosterone gel. These products, which are prescription only, are applied daily to the skin of the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen. The testosterone in the gel is absorbed into the body through the skin. If used correctly, testosterone levels can return to normal and stay there. Testosterone can also be raised via injections or patches. Your doctor can advise you about which delivery route might be best for you.

Testosterone replacement isn't a cure-all, and it shouldn't be used unless a guy has true hypogonadism. But I've seen it work for many of my patients, who report having more energy and a renewed interest in sex.

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em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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