Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
Many men I know are likely to eat on the run, eat late, or simple have no cooking skills – and of which make them vulnerable to eating highly processed foods.
Milions of men struggle silently with low sex drive and/or erectile dysfunction (ED), an issue that is so closely tied to our masculinity and self- worth. Over the years, I’ve talked to countless men in my clinic and have to drag it out of them, to find out if its an issue or not. They will come in for other health problems, with no mention of ED or a low libido. It’s not until I dig deeper with the many health questions we ask in functional medicine that I find out about their struggles.
Low libido and ED have everything to do with low testosterone, other symptoms of which include weight gain, irritability, and breast tissue enlargement.
Men struggling with low libido and ED because of:
Low Fat Diet
Just like cholesterol, fat also paramount for optimal brain and hormone function. One of the possible side effects od a low-fat diet is low testosterone levels.
Quality, restorative sleep is important for your sex drive.
Low Vitamin D
Every cell of your brilliant body needs vitamin D to vibrate at optimal capacity. Supplementing vitamin D3 levels will increase testosterone level by 25%.
Lack of Exercise
Did you know exercise can effectively increase testosterone and sexual performance?
You can be eating the cleanest food on God’s green earth, but if you are going yourself on stress, you are counteracting all the good healthy stuff. In other words, your brain and testicles don’t speak well to each other when you stressing.
Optimal cholesterol levels are needed for a healthy brain and hormones, which are essential for a healthy sex drive and performance. Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs lowering testosterone levels, because cholesterol is needed to make testosterone.
Low Magnesium Level
Mg is critical for hundreds of intricate pathways that keep us alive and thriving. Testosterone optimisation is another reason to make sure your Mg levels are on point.
What Men Need To Focus On
20s and 30s
For male patients in their 20s and 30s, I recommend the following screening: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, depression, weight, and testicular cancer.
I always screen my 40 – something male patients for the following: kidney function, type I diabetes, weight.
If you are man in your 50s, its important that you get screened for colon cancer, prostate cancer.
I test all my 60-plus patients for osteoporosis.
70s and Above
Dementia is my No 1 concern for male patients over 70.
Men need to learn the role of selecting personal care products that are organic and free of endocrine disruptors (like triclosan and phthalates )in order to protect their health and their reproductive systems.