Confused about the burning health issues of the day? Looking for qualified, unbiased answers to feel better and get back your youthful vitality? Look no further! AY About You has got you covered with a new regular online feature answering your questions about wellness.


In this installment, we posed some questions about men’s testosterone therapy to hormone therapy expert Christa Jackson, APRN, of Beyond Wellness, a leading Arkansas wellness company with clinics in Little Rock and Hot Springs. Here’s what she told us:


Christa Jackson, APRN


Why are my testosterone levels falling?


Jackson: Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, typically beginning in a persons’ late 20s or early 30s. However, lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and stress can accelerate this decline or delay it. Spending time indoors, consuming processed foods abundantly and more sedentary lifestyles have detrimental effects on this decline.


Is testosterone safe?


Jackson: Testosterone therapy is highly researched and broadly recognized as “safe.” As with all things, it should be utilized for the right patient, at the right time, at the right dose and under the right circumstances. It is essential that testosterone therapy is supervised by a certified hormone specialist. Potential contraindications include: class IV heart failure, elevated PSA, kidney disease, prostate cancer and/or breast cancer.


What can I do to naturally boost my testosterone levels?


Jackson: There are lots of things a man can do to increase his testosterone level. A few are:


• Improve sleep. Men with insomnia and/or sleep apnea are 50% more likely to have low testosterone. A telltale sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Obesity is both a major risk factor for low testosterone and sleep apnea.

• Morning sun exposure and supporting optimal vitamin D levels. Men’s testosterone levels go up by as much as 120% when exposed to UV or midday sunlight.

• Lift weights. Resistance strength training is the most effective form of exercise to increase testosterone levels.

• Reduce and manage stress. Chronic stress is a known contributor to lower testosterone production.

• Avoid processed foods and high carbohydrate diets. This type of diet is associated with insulin resistance which can increase risk of type II diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer and low testosterone.


What else besides testosterone therapy can I do for my health?


Jackson: Beyond improving testosterone levels, it is necessary to work with a hormone specialist to optimize your other hormone levels, improve your thyroid function, support your gut health and improve your HPA axis function/adrenal health. Other benefits include lower inflammation, nourishing the body with the right vitamins and nutrients through both diet and possibly supplementation and regulating metabolic health. A hormone specialist can also help clients detox heavy metals or other toxins, support other deficiencies and address a range of other health problems from a holistic point of view, in order to achieve the greatest health outcomes. Men are bio-individuals, and there is no one size fits all approach when achieving health.


Always consult your doctor or Beyond Wellness for personalized medical advice tailored to your individual needs and health concerns. They can provide professional guidance and support to help you make informed decisions about your well-being.


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