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For such a well-known hormone, testosterone sure is misunderstood. Most people think it’s only about men’s sexuality. But that’s not true. Testosterone does a whole lot more for men and is also critical for women’s health and well-being…and we’re not just talking about its role in the bedroom! The fact is, optimal testosterone levels help your heart beat properly, your bones stay strong and your memory remain sharp.   

In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast, Mark Stengler, NMD, naturopathic doctor and founder of The Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine, joins Bottom Line President and CEO Sarah Hiner to explain how low testosterone may be a hidden factor in a variety of unexpected health problems…and what to do to safely raise your levels of this crucial hormone. Dr. Stengler is \ author of numerous books, including Outside the Box Cancer Therapies and, most recently, Healing the Prostate.

Topics covered include…

  • Testosterone impacts much more than sex drive (6:34 – 7:53)
  • How does one hormone affect so many parts of the body? (7:53 – 9:52)
  • Testosterone’s effect on masculine characteristics (9:52 – 11:09)
  • Why some women can benefit from testosterone (11:09 – 12:03)
  • What happens to testosterone levels as we age (12:03 – 13:24)
  • Plastic bottles and other environmental hormone disrupters (13:24 – 15:03)
  • Why obesity is such a powerful testosterone suppressor (15:03 – 16:08)
  • The importance of the testosterone-estrogen ratio (16:08 – 17:09)
  • Estrogen as an antioxidant and the amazing human “engine” (17:09 – 19:01)  
  • How acid blockers and other drugs suppress testosterone (19:01 – 21:55)
  • Testosterone’s effect on the immune system (21:55 – 23:02)
  • Fatigue and other symptoms of testosterone deficiency (23:02 – 25:32)
  • Why testosterone replacement doesn’t help fertility problems (25:32 – 27:57)
  • Alcohol, refined carbs and other testosterone suppressors (27:57 – 29:59)
  • Exercise, herbs and other natural testosterone boosters (29:59 – 33:23)
  • Surprising healing powers of proper sleep (33:23 – 37:10)
  • How to use testosterone replacement safely (37:10 – 38:46)
  • 3 main types of testosterone replacement therapy (38:46 – 39:50)
  • Why testosterone replacement varies based on age (39:50 – 41:33)
  • Who should avoid testosterone replacement therapy (41:33 – 44:04)
  • Does testosterone help with myositis? (44:04 – 45:05)
  • When women may need testosterone replacement (45:05 – 45:53)
  • Duration of testosterone replacement therapy  (45:53 – 47:35)
  • Testosterone vs. anabolic steroids (47:35 – 49:24)
  • Testosterone replacement and the prostate (49:24 – 51:01)
  • Women who need both estrogen and testosterone  (51:01 – 52:04)

You can learn more about Dr. Stengler’s work at MarkStengler.com.

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