What is Osteoporosis?
Primary osteoporosis is a condition that causes the loss of bone density and strength during the later stages of life and is thought to be hormone related. It’s important to know how your levels might impact your bone strength as you age.
While we often think of bones as being hard, providing core structure to our muscles and tissue, in truth bones are living tissue. They are really quite porous. At a cellular level, your bone tissue is always in a cycle of breaking down and regenerating. As we age our bones can become more porous and break more easily.
As men age, low testosterone can slow the renewal process in bone tissue, something that a low testosterone specialist would have to assess. As a trusted hormone doctor, Dr. Mikhail Berman has advised hundreds of patients regarding their Low T levels and the early symptoms of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that results in serious deterioration of bones when the cells are unable to generate new tissue.
Bones are a mix of very tough, elastic fibers of collagen and hard minerals. When we are young this material is very hard and strong. As we get older, our bodies begin to lose bone tissue, so the bones get softer and more likely to break.
Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as the “silent disease,” because it can progress slowly, often without any outward telltale signs. One clue can be a fracture that is caused by an incident that might not normally result in a broken bone.
The Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Can Low Testosterone Levels Contribute to Osteoporosis?
While osteoporosis is thought of as a woman’s disease, it is estimated that over 2 million men in the U.S. have the condition, although many are undiagnosed. During andropause, which is essentially the male version of menopause, your testosterone levels drop and the bone tissue pays a high price. However, the real culprit of this condition is actually estrogen, the female hormone.
As we all know, men and women’s bodies produce both testosterone and estrogen. In men, small amounts of their testosterone are converted to estrogen, an important process that keeps bone density consistent. If estrogen levels drop, so does your bone density. If your testosterone levels are too low, the body doesn’t have enough to convert to estrogen. Hence, lower T means lower bone density.
Men are lucky in that they tend to have larger skeletons overall which can slow down the onset of osteoporosis. Also, andropause tends to begin later in life and progresses more slowly. In men younger than 70 or so, idiopathic osteoporosis, a secondary osteoporosis, can be caused by lifestyle or behavior, certain medications, such as glucocorticoid medications, alcohol abuse, or gastrointestinal disease among other causes.
Bones that are strong do a lot to ensure that you can lead a vibrant, healthy lifestyle. They are the skeletal structure that provides strength, balance and body support. Strong bones and a strong spine are what enable better posture. This gives older people a more youthful appearance. Our bones also provide protection to our internal organs and support for our muscular structure.
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The best activities in life, from walking and running, to sports, dancing golf, even sex, depend on strong bones. Osteoporosis can make your bones vulnerable to fractures, even from minor incidents. Fractures are painful, slow to mend and will inhibit your ability to enjoy the activities you love. Men with low levels of testosterone are at risk for future osteoporosis unless the condition is addressed.
The bone is made up of collagen, a protein. The body creates a wire mesh framework using collagen, calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. These are minerals that harden and add strength to the framework. Over the course of our lives, the old bone gets broken down and new bone tissue is added. If the process of osteoporosis is slowed down or even reversed, the breakdown and regeneration of bone tissue can continue operating as usual, as long as you take steps in your lifestyle to keep bones strong.
Adequate calcium is important, as is vitamin D and a good diet. It’s also advised that you do weight training, lifting a weight that your bones and muscles must work against (known as resistance) to lift. As you “work” with the weight, the tissue breaks down and becomes weaker. However, as you recover from training the tissue is regenerated and is stronger than it was before.
Even if you follow all of this advice, you may continue to experience weakness in your bone and muscle tissue, and that calls for a consultation with a hormone specialist like Dr. Berman.
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Known as the “silent disease,” too many people, especially men, go undiagnosed for osteoporosis. There are few symptoms of this serious condition, but because Low T is an indicator, it’s important to have your testosterone levels checked regularly.
It is also important that you work with a physician that has experience in the endocrine system and how all of the hormones, glands, organs, and tissues work together to keep your systems operating at peak efficiency. Hormones play a much more important role in your health than we once thought. Heart health, digestion, weight management, even your mental health is influenced by your hormones.
When it comes to bone density, testosterone replacement therapy will help your body re-start the process of generating new bone tissue. You will not only feel stronger, but you will also be stronger.
Dr. Berman uses hormone replacement therapy in highly controlled amounts and will closely monitor your overall health and hormone levels. He prefers testosterone injections because only then can you get the exact, small dose needed to put your body into the normal range. This is when the body works at peak efficiency.
Hundreds of men have seen Dr. Berman for low testosterone and have been thrilled with the results of this replacement therapy. Having experienced fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain, and even more serious conditions, they have a new lease on life. Call to arrange a hormone health profile test and consultation with Dr. Mikhail Berman and get ready. Your quality of life is about to change!
Another symptom of low testosterone levels in men is weight gain. Read more about weight gain in men with low testosterone hormone levels here.