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Did you know that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and heart disease is the number one cause of death of men in the U.S.?
This statistic is especially poignant for men suffering from low T levels as studies show a link between testosterone levels and heart health. Because normal testosterone levels aid in the proper functioning of the arteries and blood flow—abnormally low T levels can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Fortunately, low T therapy—in addition to lifestyle changes—can help decrease the risk of symptoms that lead to developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, and more.
Learn about four heart-healthy tips to try during testosterone therapy that will improve low T symptoms and help you increase testosterone levels.
Check Fasting Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Men who struggle with low testosterone may also be at a greater risk of high cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when LDL—or low-density lipoproteins—and triglyceride levels are elevated while HDL levels decrease. These changes in cholesterol put men with low testosterone levels at a greater risk for heart attack and other heart concerns.
To check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, you can order a lipid profile from your doctor. This panel consists of a blood test that can accurately measure the cholesterol levels present in your blood. At-home tests are also available and allow you to measure your cholesterol and triglycerides by pricking your finger.
Replace Bad Fats and Sugar with Good Fats and Whole Foods
Because diet can influence your testosterone production, your doctor may recommend avoiding or limiting foods—such as carbohydrates and saturated fats—on top of testosterone replacement therapy to optimize your health. The types of food they may tell you to avoid include:
- Red meat
- Full-fat dairy products
- Snacks high in saturated fats (i.e. pastries, chips, desserts, etc.)
- Deep-fried foods (meats, fries, onion rings, etc.)
Additionally, you may want to stay away from low-fat diet plans, as they may be linked to low testosterone levels. While certain fats can decrease testosterone in your body, polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids may improve testicular function.
Substituting some of the more unhealthy food options with whole foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, leafy greens, whole grains, fish, and plant protein sources can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy. Be sure to discuss what you eat with your doctor when creating your low T treatment plan.
Not only will a healthy diet support your heart during testosterone replacement therapy, but when combined with exercises such as Cardio, HIIT, and weight-lifting—you can achieve great results that support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Exercises like these may also increase the overall effectiveness of low T therapy and help offset some of the symptoms many men face when they experience low testosterone, such as insomnia, fatigue, irritability, and weight gain.
Routinely See Your Medical Professional
During low T therapy, you’ll want to routinely see your physician to monitor your results and progress. Lab work is often required to measure changes in testosterone levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, as well as to check on your overall health during treatment. Seeing a medical professional will ensure that you’re receiving the best care possible with a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.
Remember, one in four men over 30 struggle with low testosterone symptoms—so, you’re not alone. If you’re struggling with low T and are ready to increase your overall wellness, contact us today for more information on testosterone therapy in Lafayette, IN.
Volonte helps men regain their health and well-being through low T testing, testosterone replacement therapy, and weight-loss programs.