In article #1, I suggested that the average individual suffering from Testosterone Deficiency may not even be aware that he has low T. He may simply have an assortment of signs and symptoms that make his life “different” from what it was when he was “at his best!” But when we use the word “suffering” he may in fact be suffering. He may have loss of strength, relationship issues, mid-life crises for example, in the process of divorce, questioning himself, his masculinity, drinking too much or using illicit drugs. He may also be moving toward major health issues and poor job performance.
What Are Normal Testosterone Ranges?
There are no clear established norms when it comes to testosterone. The closest to an agreed upon set of normal values is:
Health Effects of Low-Testosterone
Beyond the minor symptoms that many young or middle age men experience, testosterone deficiency syndrome can also contribute to the onset of or worsening of various diseases: “Increased risk of cardiovascular disease; Increased risk of death from a cardiovascular event; Increased risk of metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess belly fat and abnormal cholesterol levels; Strong association with diabetes; Strong association with atherosclerotic disease of the aorta; Higher incidence of prostate cancer; Association with more aggressive variants of cancer.” These issues arise seemingly from nowhere and change his life dramatically. By treating the hormone deficiency we can prevent many of these conditions from occurring.
Facts About TRT Relating to Fire Fighters
The IAFF Article Represents Fire Fighter Career Progression As Follows:
Clearly this is not so different from what we see in the general population. Notice, the similarity of the pattern between men and women as well.
Is Obesity The Reason Why So Many Fire Fighters and People in the General Population Have Low-T?
According to the authors of the IAFF presentation Becker, Margarin, and Kuehl, obesity and metabolic syndrome are both common and significant problems within the fire service. This gives the impression that obesity is a primary cause of Low-T or that Low-T is associated with obesity. There are however many causes for low T and they are much broader than just obesity and metabolic syndrome. No one is entirely sure of whether there is just one primary problem or numerous primary and secondary causes for Low-T effecting Fire Fighters and within the general population. Conditions which are often recognized to play a role are:
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