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

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

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. Dr. Minkoff created a special formula he used to raise his own T-levels over 100 points in just one month. Learn more about Male Vigor here.
  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

 

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. 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 worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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