The Steel & Drex Health Check spoke with Dr. Nathan Thakur, Executive Health Physician at Copeman Healthcare, about testosterone levels in men and the treatment that can be applied to increase vigour and energy.
What are the main health concerns that you typically hear from men in your practice?
We’re finding that a lot of men actually tend to delay coming in to see a physician and, when they do, it tends to be around the 40-year mark. This is when they’re really starting to confront their mortality and are worrying about their heart, prostate, and a lot of the cancers that are more likely to affect them with age (such as colon cancer). This is why we are always trying to be preventative. We want to get to a point where men don’t have to worry about this all the time and feel like they can manage their risk.
Do you find a lot of men come in asking about low testosterone?
Yes, it has been much more common lately. Men are feeling a lot more fatigued these days with stress from work and at home, so there is a very large push to optimize testosterone in terms of maximizing a man’s vigour and vitality. We are now able to treat low testosterone levels quite easily with an emerging therapy that numerous men are benefiting from.
Why is it so important to address the issue of low testosterone?
Testosterone levels are so important because they can manifest themselves in so many ways and can have an effect on multiple aspects of life. For example, if you’re not sleeping well, your testosterone can’t replenish itself throughout the night. This alone will cause you to feel fatigued all day.
Testosterone can also dip even further as time passes, and can go on to affect sexual vigour in the form of a lower sex drive or sexual function. In response to this, everyone is very quick to jump on the Viagra bandwagon. However, many patients tell me that it didn’t work for them or that it did work, but not very well. This is often another sign of their testosterone being on the lower end of normal, or even well below normal.
Finally, addressing low testosterone allows us to optimize a man’s energy and even their strength (as testosterone is a hormone that helps you gain muscle mass). As men are looking towards their future, many are asking themselves if they are going to be able to be as physically active as they were in their youth. Maintaining testosterone is therefore important in achieving that for their health and wellbeing.
What are the ways that you treat low levels of testosterone?
The first step to treating low levels of testosterone is diagnosis, which is done through simple blood testing. If we do find lower levels of testosterone (or even if they aren’t below normal just yet), we can issue optimization therapy. The therapy is actually a gel (not a pill) that a man would apply to his shoulders or his muscles on a daily basis. This gets absorbed by the muscles, and has been shown to increase their testosterone levels substantially over a three-month period.
What’s your last piece of advice for men out there that might be concerned about their health?
I think that prevention is a much overlooked thing nowadays in men’s health, so if you are able to get in for a full physical with a medical provider, or even a Comprehensive Health Assessment with us here at Copeman, it will be a great benefit to you. It’s not even just about prevention now – it’s about learning something that will put you on a better path for the years to come.