In my experience, most older people are low in the thyroid.
You can see it by taking their morning temperatures.
Dr. Broda Barnes found that if your morning temperatures are below 97.8, you are generally hypothyroid.
And there is a relationship between thyroid and low testosterone.
Many people wake up in the 96 is these days.
With their normal circadian rhythm, their thyroid will drive their metabolism up to the 97’s if they’re lucky.
I just spoke to an older gentleman who is always about 97.2.
This is quite a bit colder than what a normal person should be.
And it leads to a lot of issues including brain fog.
This type of low thyroid is often called subclinical hypothyroidism.
It’s subclinical because it doesn’t show up in the clinical testing for low thyroid.
Poor metabolism is the primary cause of many health issues.
So it’s important to take a look at this type of hypothyroidism.
It increases the chances of getting many types of cancers.
Having a generally low metabolism will indicate a greater likelihood of inflammation.
It also leads to tissue hypoxia and fibrosis in the organs — including penile fibrosis.
However what I want to address right now is the effects of low thyroid on testosterone, DHT, and other androgen levels.
In the testicles are the Leydig cells.
And the Leydig cells are responsible for making testosterone.
They also make DHT and many other “androgens,” which are steroid hormones that help men be and perform like men.
This is research done primarily in animals, and in tissues, but it seems quite valid for people.
The role of thyroid and steroid hormones is virtually the same in animals as it is in people.
In fact, it’s even the same in insects and virtually the entire animal kingdom.
Thyroid hormones acutely stimulate Leydig cell steroid creation.
The thyroid hormone must combine in the Leydig cells to stimulate the production of all those wonderful hormones that we love so much.
But if the thyroid isn’t there, then the Leydig cells will not produce steroids, and we will have low testosterone.
Low testosterone ties into many problems — not just in the bedroom either.
Low testosterone seems to be responsible for a higher incidence of prostate cancer.
It’s also associated with many other types of cancer, high blood pressure, and other problems.
So it’s important to get thyroid levels to the normal and reasonable range.
This will get testosterone and DHT to the right levels.
Yet so many doctors don’t know anything about this.
And they jump right away to testosterone injections, gels or pellets.
The first problem there is that the testosterone replacements are expensive.
But the second problem is that they downregulate the man’s natural production of testosterone.
What testosterone they take turns into estrogen in the body.
Getting testosterone injections, pellets, or gels is a really bad idea unless you’ve exhausted the whole thyroid approach.
In this study of older men, they found a relationship between low testosterone and thyroid.
Researchers found that many of the older men who had low testosterone also had subclinical hypothyroid symptoms.
Symptomatic elderly men considered to have late onset low T can be differentiated on the basis of endocrine and clinical features and predisposing risk factors.
If you have low testosterone, it is quite probable you have subclinical hypothyroidism.
If you fix that, you’ll fix your testosterone levels and probably a lot of other problems.
Chances are that you’ll improve your blood pressure, atherosclerosis, obesity, and even your sexual problems.
Characteristics of Secondary, Primary, and Compensated Hypogonadism in Aging Men: Evidence from the European Male Ageing Study - See more at: