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The Softer Side of Testosterone: How This Sex Hormone Heals Heart Disease

by Dr. David Minkoff February 27, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

The Softer Side of Testosterone: How This Sex Hormone Heals Heart Disease

Most of us associate testosterone with muscles, aggression, and sexual desire.

It conjures up images of the prototypical “alpha male.”

But there’s another side to this hormone, a softer side, deeply tied to our health and longevity.

Testosterone is actually your heart’s healthy hormone.

The Muscle That Keeps on Going and Going and Going…

When we think of “muscles” and testosterone, most people think of bulging biceps and tight pecs. And it’s true.

Testosterone definitely increases muscle tone.

But let’s consider the heart.

Your heart is the most active muscle in your whole body.

It beats over 100,000 times every single day, pumping more than 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. [1]

Can you imagine doing 100,000 bicep curls every day? How would your arm feel after?

And yet your heart does this day in and day out, without any conscious effort, complaint, or soreness.

How is this possible?

Testosterone Hungry:

Even though we all know the heart is a muscle, it’s surprising to learn that it has the highest concentration of testosterone receptors of any organ in the entire body.

In fact, it has over 500% MORE testosterone receptors than the prostate gland [2]

Biologically speaking, receptor density reflects how important a compound is to a given tissue.

So let’s read that again: testosterone is more important to the heart than the largest sex gland in the male body.

In short: testosterone is essential to heart health.

In fact, in one study, mice without T receptors developed mis-formed and dysfunctional hearts, covered in cardiac fibrosis.

How T affects blood flow (not just “down there”)

As men age, they can lose their sexual potency. Of course, the symptoms of this problem can be “hacked” with drugs like Viagra, but the reasonfor this loss of sexual potency is connected to declining T levels.

How?

Because testosterone dilates blood vessels and enhances blood flow in the whole body, not just in the sex organs.

Better blood flow does mean more potency, but it ALSO means less cardiovascular disease.

And, as you might expect, symptoms of T deficiency include a full range of other blood flow issues [3,8], including:

  • Risk of Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cramping in the extremities (due to inadequate blood flow)
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Heart Damage

And every one of these symptoms increases with age as one's T levels continue to decline.

 

Testosterone Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease

Because of all of these connections between testosterone, the heart, and blood flow, many researchers investigated T-therapy to treat cardiovascular disease.

One study found T therapy lowered cardiovascular disease by 33%! [4].

In one of the largest, most extensive studies, medical researchers showed that T therapy reduced risk of ALL major cardiovascular events [5].

That includes strokes, heart attacks, and even death.

Now, there are three points for you to consider about this study:

  1. All the subjects were all men.
  2. Everyone had pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
  3. They all had low testosterone.

Raising their testosterone improved the condition of men who already had cardiovascular issues.

So if testosterone was the solution here, why was it low in the first place? And what can you do about it to keep your heart healthy?

The Modern T-Crisis

Average testosterone levels go down every single year.

Not so coincidentally, sperm counts also go down every single year. So does sperm health. Just look at this chart of sperm morphology (a measure of sperm health) over the last 50 years [6]:

Overview of declining sperm morphology values over years

The average man today has at least 20% less testosterone than a man 30 years ago. And the further back you look, the more disturbing the trend.

What’s going on?

Our environment is full of compounds that act as “endocrine disrupters” –– they mess up your hormones. This is especially the case with testosterone. Many plastics, pesticides, and food additives are estrogenic, meaning they increase estrogen.

Toxins finding their way into our food, water, and environment are shifting our delicate hormonal balance.

And as we learned, this isn’t just about fertility or sexual health, this affects your whole system –– especially your heart.

 

Testosterone and Women

It’s tempting to think that depleted testosterone is only an issue for men, but women’s hearts depend on testosterone just the same.

Hormones function as a dynamic balance of many different factors. Too much estrogen and too little testosterone can be just as harmful to a woman’s cardiovascular system.

Raising Testosterone Levels Naturally

This is by no means an endorsement to go out and get testosterone replacement therapy. Such drastic measures should only be considered as a last resort after consulting with a qualified doctor.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to raise your testosterone levels naturally.

Here are some simple changes you can make to raise your testosterone levels to improve your heart health and overall well-being:

  1. Supplements. Nutrition is a key component of every aspect of health, hormones included. However, there are certain plant and minerals that are especially helpful for increasing testosterone.
  2. Sleep. Your body needs quality sleep to effectively regulate all your hormones, including testosterone. If you have trouble getting deep sleep, consider using BodyHealth’s HealthySleep Ultra and Perfect Calm (Magnesium Drink).
  3. Exercise. Resistance training and weight training have both been shown to effectively increase testosterone levels.
  4. Eat Healthy Fats. Testosterone (and most of the other sex hormones) are made from fat. By incorporating more healthy fats like coconut oil, avocados, and omega 3s into your diet. If you want to get your fats in a single dose, check out BodyHealth’s Omega 3 Health.
  5. Eat Organic. Estrogenic toxins are one of the primary reasons for declining testosterone levels. Avoiding toxins is crucial to maintaining health in the modern world.
  6. Detox. No matter how healthy you eat, you still get toxins from your environment. It’s unavoidable. And if you’ve never done a detox or cleanse protocol, it is likely you have accumulated toxins in your body causing all kinds of problems. BodyDetox and PerfectAmino are both excellent products to help clear your body of hormone-disrupting toxins.

References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/fun-facts-about-the-heart
  2. https://www.hotzehwc.com/2018/02/3-ways-testosterone-protects-a-man-s-heart/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25532575
  4. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-02-testosterone-therapy-cardiovascular.html
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5512682/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3827388
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26769913

 



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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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