A typical man in his 40s has only 33% to 50% of the level of testosterone that he had during his 20s. This gradual decline in testosterone as men age is called Andropause, usually occurring between the ages of 48-70 years. To first understand the effect of declining testosterone, we must first take a closer look at its role within the body. Testosterone is essential for:-
Healthy libido and erections
Fertility - development and maturation of sperm
Red blood cell production
Maintaining muscle mass and bone density
Cardiovascular and metabolic health – influences fat distribution
Leaky gut is the very unflattering name given to a digestive disorder that can cause a lot of health issues for its sufferers. I prefer to refer to it as ‘digestive hyper-permeability’ and explain that it is an inflammation of the digestive tract. It is a condition I find often in many of my patients, and can lead to many other health issues if left undetected. Most often, by the time a patient makes their way to my office they have a long list of symptoms and complaints that they want help addressing. To most these symptoms can seem unrelated. It’s not until we look deeper at your health and WHY these symptoms have appeared that I can often find a common link- leaky gut. This is because it affects how your whole body is balanced. So what is leaky gut?