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Undertaking Low Testosterone Levels With Functional Medicine from Toronto


Many assume that hormone imbalances only affect women – but they can occur in men, too, and functional medicine in Toronto could help cope with this health challenge. 

Testosterone is a key male hormone with active roles in reproduction, masculine characteristics, metabolism, brain health, and more. Male hypogonadism (also coined “low T”) describes low testosterone levels, and it can impede optimal wellness in a wide range of ways – potentially causing infertility and poor muscle mass. Low T is known to lower the quality of life and has contributed to the separation of partners.

Thus, if you’ve had low libido, erectile dysfunction, and mood swings lately, you may consult with one of our health providers (medical doctor or nurse practitioner) at the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre (TFMC). Personalized treatment plans could help with confronting your hormone irregularities. In this post, we explain what male hypogonadism is, how customized functional medicine may be applied, and how to reach us for integrated health care.

Take note: Hypogonadism happens i women as well, when the ovaries cannot produce enough hormones or none at all. This article focuses on male hypogonadism. If you have concerns about female hypogonadism, check out our bio-identical hormones therapy for women.

What is male hypogonadism (low T)? 

  • Low T is when the testicles cannot generate testosterone and sperm. There are several causes, which may include (but are not limited to): undescended testicles, testicular injuries, a mumps infection, hemochromatosis, obesity, inflammatory health conditions, excessive alcohol intake, medications, and radiation/chemotherapy treatments. 
  • Aging is another reason why testosterone levels can sink. The American Urological Association (AUA) has reported that low T is when “…a total testosterone level less than 300 ng/dL on early morning blood draw on two separate occasions.” 
  • Low testosterone levels are widespread, and scientists are noticing that this condition is increasing among men in their early-to-late forties. 
  • Clinical symptoms may include: heightened body fat, low libido, lack of concentration, depression, reduced bone density, unable to have or hold an erection, poor energy levels, lack of body hair, the formation of gynecomastia (swollen male breast tissue). 
  • Unfortunately, this condition can lead to additional problems or it can exacerbate current health issues. It is heavily linked to diabetes, and can boost your risks for forming metabolic syndrome. 
  • Conventional medicine and integrative medicine practitioners can test your blood samples for low T; functional medicine testing is also available to further scrutinize the root causes in your body, such as poor thyroid function. At the TFMC, DUTCH testing may be prescribed, which may not be available through Western medicine practices. This test consists of submitting dried urine samples to measure for sex hormones, metabolites, and adrenal gland hormones. 

If low T is left untreated, it could lead to cutbacks in sexual health, muscle mass, and heighten blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin levels. It can also up your chances for developing heart disease and osteoporosis. But a customized, proactive, long-term health plan can help confront your current symptoms and promote health optimization. This may be fulfilled through functional medicine.

Suggested Reading: Addressing PCOS with Functional Medicine From Toronto 

Applying the integrative functional medicine approach to this condition

The functional medicine model implements a “whole body” approach to health care, so integrative strategies may be executed for low T issues in treatment plans. These strategies are based on your unique biology, as well as your health goals, genetics, lifestyle, etc. The following are examples of personalized tools to promote a hormonal balance: 

  • Relieving nutritional deficiencies: Poor vitamin D levels have been linked to low T. Additional scientific evidence is needed, though one study showed that supplements given to middle-aged men who already lacked vitamin D led to improvements in erectile dysfunction, metabolism and testosterone levels. 
  • Minimizing BPA use around the home or workplace: The chemical BPA can be found in food packaging, industrial materials and household items, and is a known endocrine disrupter. It can impact testosterone levels, too, especially if you have frequent BPA exposure in the workplace.  
  • Increasing physical activity: Obesity lowers testosterone levels, so regular exercise should be practiced. In a 12-week study on men, it was shown that when you increase physical activity, it can have a “greater effect on increasing serum testosterone levels in overweight and obese men …,” confirms an article from the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.

Plant-based bio-identical hormones may be prescribed, too, if you have concerns over synthetic hormone replacement therapy from conventional medicine. Bio-identical hormones are compounded to mimic hormones, including testosterone, and they may be applied as patches, capsules, etc. According to a Postgraduate Medicine report, “…these plant-based treatments may come with a lower risk of heart disease, unlike synthetic testosterone therapies.” 

Are chronic symptoms from low T preventing you from enjoying life? Please request a session with us to check out your testosterone levels. We explain our clinic details below.

Tailoring health care at the TFMC

Making healthy lifestyle decisions can be intimidating. But our approach to wellness is designed to motivate you to adhere to your health goals, helping you take an active role in your health care decisions. 

When you become a new TFMC patient, you get access to functional and integrative medicine modalities, including acupuncture, Western medicine, naturopathic medicine, bioidentical hormones/hormone optimization programs, IV therapy/NAD+ IV therapy, and other health services. Our IV drips are compounded with integrative functional medicine principles, which is how we individualize dosages for your biology. 

Here’s how to get personalized integrative medicine services from us: first, schedule your initial consultation. During this session, we start unravelling your entire health history, lifestyle factors, environmental surroundings, and discuss lab testing (i.e. blood work). Once we’ve established your health constituents, we can craft a personalized treatment plan to address your current symptoms and promote chronic disease prevention. 

Please know this: your health concerns matter – and we’re dedicated to helping you get your health on track with a custom program. By attending to your hormone imbalances, we can encourage improvements to your sexual health, digestive issues, ideal muscle mass, blood sugar balance, support weight loss and more. 

What are you waiting for? Unleash your innate potential for optimal health! Functional medicine from our Toronto clinic could foster a hormone reset. Send us a message now to schedule your first appointment! 

Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.



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