So, how does one ensure that testosterone levels remain in balance? Some doctors suggest that monitoring testosterone levels every five years, starting at age 35, is a reasonable strategy to follow. If the testosterone level falls too low or if the individual has the signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels described above, testosterone therapy can be considered. However, once testosterone therapy is initiated, testosterone levels should be closely monitored to make sure that the testosterone level does not become too high, as this may cause stress on the individual, and high testosterone levels may result in some of the negative problems (described previously) seen.
There are huge numbers of testosterone creams, pills, and injections as well as ads convincing men they are in need of these products. There are also thousands of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the various testosterone therapies claiming the drugs caused several severe cardiovascular side effects including heart attack and stroke. With this knowledge, Men’s Journal published an article describing natural ways men can boost their testosterone through diet so as not to take on unnecessary risks. One suggestion made was to increase vitamin D intake which could increase testosterone level. Men should always use caution and discuss diet changes with their doctor.
Researchers suggest that doctors pay more mind to the possibility of undiagnosed OSA as an explanation for their low T. A blood test, sleep diary, discussion of symptoms and medical history may all naturally point to the need for a sleep assessment. If your hormone levels are low, but you also have symptoms characteristic of OSA, and/or a bed partner or loved one has witnessed your heavy snoring or gasping as you sleep, it's important to rule in or rule out undiagnosed OSA as the root cause as testosterone therapy is not recommended for those with sleep breathing problems.