TOTAL T BLOG

How Stress Impacts Low T

One cause for Low T in San Diego men is something so commonplace it’s all too easily missed: stress levels. When we’re under stress, especially the kind of stress that lasts for sustained periods, our bodies are impacted in a lot of unhealthy ways, including whether our hormone levels are balanced.

Fight or Flight

Our bodies have a protective response to stress, often referred to as “fight or flight.” This goes back to our caveman days, when you had two choices: stay and fight off your danger, or run away. Both reactions cause a surge of adrenaline, giving your body a burst of energy to follow through with either life-saving strategy.

Although we’ve evolved well beyond the danger of large predators, our bodies still react in the same exact way to stress, by releasing adrenaline, increasing our heart rates and delivering a spike in cortisol levels. Prolonged stress causes long-term damage; continued high levels of cortisol can affect nearly all the systems of the body in negative ways.

Cortisol and Testosterone

In one study, individuals with depression were found to have cortisol levels that were 68 percent higher than non-depressed individuals. These same tests found that testosterone levels were inversely proportional to cortisol levels; more cortisol meant less testosterone.

Under normal circumstances, certain enzymes keep cortisol from impacting testosterone levels. However, long periods of prolonged cortisol production overwhelm this enzyme, and testosterone levels just can’t keep up.

At ENERGENEX in San Diego, hormone replacement therapy is combined with lifestyle and nutritional changes to lower stress levels and promote healing, bringing your body back into balance. With stress returning to healthy levels, testosterone can once again function as it should