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Low Testosterone refers to any situation in which the bodys levels of the testosterone hormone fall below the range of levels considered by the medical community to be normal. Low Testosterone, or Low T, can be the cause of health and sexual problems, but it can also be the result of other health issues or treatments. Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that is most prevalent in men. It helps regulate and control a variety of sexual functions, but also contributes to muscle and bone strength. Thus, while Low Testosterone can lead to a variety of sexual problems, it also has implications for mens total health.

Our licensed and experienced physicians and providers stand ready to examine your testosterone levels and evaluate if certain treatments might restore these levels for peak virility. As mentioned before, while testosterone levels are frequently checked in blood tests, the results are compared to a large range of what is normal for men of your age. However, what is normal for one man, may be low for another. The Oklahoma Mens Clinic will conduct testing to get the answers you need. If you do have Low T, we will find the treatment that works for you. In many cases, restored testosterone levels often lead to a fuller, more vigorous experience of day to day life.

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Surfing's most prestigious prize turned into "TikTok circle jerk."

When the WSLs self-confessed biggest fan, @surfads, partly described the WSLs recent efforts as Turning a deadshit, dumbcunt but still unique sports outfit into a generic, compliant, corporate glory hole, I nodded in agreement and felt there wasnt a lot more to say.

Especially coming in so hot on the heels of The Ultimate Surferwhere a guy and gal got a place in WCT events by surfing in a pool and winning lifetime dream prizes like SUPs, I didnt think the WSL could make itself any more tacky and tawdry, or cheapen its product even more.

On reflection, thats bullshit.

It can, and it has.

When @surfads wrote his article, I commented that itd take far too long to unpack all thats wrong with the WSL right now, but that was a cop-out. I hate peanut gallery fuckwits who mock your efforts without offering any kind of explanation, thus, for that reason, I want to pinpoint a couple of glaring examples of the WSL clusterfuck sticking out like shit on Meghan Markles shoes.

This is part one.

@surfads bemoaned the lack of a Pipe contest to end the year, so what better place to start than Hawaii? Specifically, the Triple Crown of Surfing.

And, while the TCOS is run this year by Vans and Stab, the Vans TCOS official website says, This competition is sanctioned by the WSL, so thats good enough for me.

Billed for decades as the most prestigious title to win outside of being anointed surfings world champ, the Triple Crown of Surfing was always something that mattered in the surfing world.

Especially to the Hawaiians.

A list of Triple Crown winners since its inception in 1983 shows a whos who of surfing royalty.

Michael Ho, Derek Ho, Kong, Tom Carroll, Sunny, Kelly, Andy, Parko, John John, Gabe.

Its a mighty impressive list.

And why wouldnt it be, when you look at the historical format of the TCOS itself? Three contests, all in prime, big-wave spots where heavy waves explode on shallow reefs.

You had to be a fucking good surfer to win the whole shebang.

If we use a starting point in the contests as Round 64 for the top guys, to win a contest you gotta get through five heats against all the best surfers in the world, in some of the scariest, most intimidating waves in the world. No-one has ever won all three contests of the TCOS in a single year (I think), so lets just play a little game of averages for the fuck of it.

Lets say a surfers results over the three contests were final, quarters, quarters. Thatd get em pretty close to the gong most years. Starting from R64, that means our surfer would have got through eight or nine heats or so across three contests. Getting through that many heats in Hawaii against all the best guys in the world in big, dangerous, powerful conditions, including the locals who love nothing more than shitting on the outta town blow-ins, is fucking hard.

And thats why the list of TCOS champions includes eight world champions and multiple top three finishers like Julian Wilson and Gary Elkerton.

You win the TCOS and its a big fucking deal. Something that earns the respect of everyone in the surfing community, among them even the grumpiest, most begrudging old naysayers.

Well, it was.

Cause now, what used to be the prestigious TCOS is no more. Nuked, nixed, and fucking gutted. There are no contests involved anymore. None. No four-man heats. No two-man heats. No paddle battles. No local intimidation. No Wolfpak or Black Shorts. No interference calls. No Hawaiian underdogs. No buzzer beaters. No scoreboard pressure or commentators curses.

Nothin.

Why? Because The Triple Crown of Surfing is now a fully online digital contest.

(No relation to doctors sticking their fingers up your asshole.)

To compete in and win the Triple Crown of Surfing now you just gotta take a few videos of your surfing and then submit them online (dont forget to tag @vanstriplecrownofsurfing) and hope that the judges like your content. I aint making this up.

Out with the old, in with the hip and the new.

More than just a bit confused by this new turn of events, I tried to make some sense of it all. Big failure.

When I first went through the rules format the first thing that popped into my stupefied, spinning gogglehead revolved around the videos surfers have to submit. Half the tour surfers dont even have major sponsors, so I dont think its too much of a stretch to say that most of em dont have dedicated filmers following them around with the new $80,000 RED 8K video camera.

Exhibit A. Connor OLeary, ex WQS overall winner, WCT Rookie of the Year, and winner of the most recent Challenger Series event, who just requalified for next years CT tour. Riding a pure white, stickerless board.

You reckon the video editors at Quiksilver are just putting the finishing touches on his signature movie as we speak? Whats that? They dropped him?

Taking it a step further, what happens if poor old 86 ranked, unsponno surfer gets the wave of the winter out Pipe in the dark, dying light of an evening and all hes got to show for it is his girlfriends grainy iPhone vid where he looks like an ant on a piece of bread?

Is the poor bloke then forced into an extortionate bidding war with rival beach videographers for half-decent footage, if theyve got it? Or take your chances, send in your cheap ass iPhone vid and hope it gets viewed favourably against John Johns HD, technicolour, close-up screamer dreamer?

Shit outta luck if you dont have the tech or mates who have the tech.

This is moving forward, and aligning with the fans.

And, what about the judging system? Four in number. Three official WSL judges and one wild, exciting, new type of judge thrown into the mix. What could it be, I hear you wonder?

No more suspense. One of the official judges is the online punter, you, me, and every other digital fan.

How cool, eh? Now we get to make or break a surfers livelihood just by pushing buttons on our phones.

Inclusivity at its best from Vans and the Wozzle.

Alas, Im confounded again, however.

If the fans vote, is this just going to be a sad, pathetic numbers game of Im more popular than you are na na na na na naaaa? For example, JJF has 1.4 million Instagram followers. If he gets 10% of his fans to tap the app and clap clap clap for JJF. Plus five 5% on top of that for non John-fans. 210,000 votes.

On the other hand, Callum Robson, currently #12 in the Challenger Series rankings, only has 7,250 Insta followers. Just for the fuck of it, lets go all in and say he magically gets 100% of his followers to vote for him and they all get a mate each to do the same (wishful thinking but indulge me). 14,500 votes.

Who the fuck gets the choccies there? Confused much?

Not content with reducing one of surfings most esteemed prizes to a TikTok circle jerk, theres an extra layer of incomprehensible doolally with the inclusion of a progressive craft element.

Yep, one of a surfers six vids has to be on a progressive craft. Slight problem though. According to their own rules published on their website, the progressive craft must be a craft (their terminology, not mine) thats not quite as progressive as what the current kids ride.

In fact, some of the progressive crafts recommended are over 100 years old. No fucking shit.

I bring to you our progressive craft suggestion list, as per the contest guidelines:

alaiasasymmetricalstwin finsfishsingle finseggslongboardsbonzers

Fuck me, where do I kick off on this? The alaia, 100s of years old, if not a thousand. Longboards? Close to 100 years now. Twinnies? MR won titles on em in the 70s. Bonzers? Campbell Brothers, 1970. You get the drift.

Surely it cant be just me to wonder how the fuck riding a board from 100 years ago can be called a progressive craft? And why the fuck is it a compulsory component in the Triple Crown of Surfing?

Can they be any more ludicrously pretentious?

High-performance surfing has progressed beyond all of the progressive crafts listed to the toothpicks we have today. Granted, toothpicks are not for everyone, but the pros are riding the most progressive craft every fucking day. And, doing shit on them now that was pretty much impossible on any of the craft listed above.

Theres a reason theyre riding what theyre riding. Its cause theyre the most progressive boards available.

Do they even know what progressive means? A five-second search on the Googlenet shows its favouring progress and improvement as opposed to maintaining the status quo.

Newsflash: High-performance surfers progressed beyond logs half a century ago. Fuck me.

Who comes up with this shit? And who rubber stamps it?

The WSL, thats who. Remember, This competition is sanctioned by the WSL.

You reckon other sports are looking on enviously at the WSL, wondering how they can copy such genius?

Maybe right about now the bigwigs of Formula 1 admin are telling drivers like Lewis Hamilton they can only win the F1 title this year if theyve driven a progressive mobile like, say, the Reliant Regal three-wheeler during one of the remaining Grand Prix races?

Or the Tour de France organisers sending out a memo telling riders they must complete a stage in The Pyrenees on a penny fucking farthing?

You cant script this etc,

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You hear a lot of talk going around the gym about testosterone boosters and anabolic supplements. The guys who use them swear by them, saying that they get way better results from using these products than they've ever got from any steroid cycle. This is probably because - if you believe the hype - testosterone boosters contain natural ingredients which promote free testosterone levels in your body, thus increasing muscle mass and strength with minimal side effects. But are these claims true?

This article will go through the natural testosterone booster supplements currently on the market and will try to determine whether or not they can be used as a steroid alternative.

What are testosterone boosters?

Testosterone boosters are supplements that claim to increase testosterone production in your body by stimulating free testosterone release, blocking estrogen receptors, and inhibiting the aromatase enzyme which converts testosterone into estrogen. Some of the best t-booster found on the market today promise the increase of testosterone levels by 300% in only one week. They can also contain a variety of minerals and nutrients that help to revitalize you internally, as well as ingredients that increase sex drive and stamina.

How do they work?

The best way to judge whether or not a product is working for you is by checking its mechanisms of action. After all, if the product doesn't deliver on any of its promises it would be best if you could save some money instead of wasting it on an ineffective supplement. Testosterone boosters primarily fall into two categories: those that contain natural compounds claiming to have similar effects as steroids, and those who don't have any herbal ingredients at all but simply rely on good marketing strategies to sell their products.

Natural testosterone boosters

Natural testosterone boosters include ingredients such as Tribulus Terrestris, long jack, maca root, velvet antler, Boron amino acid chelate, and zinc. These products mainly work by increasing nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream. Nitric oxide dilates the veins and arteries leading to a much larger amount of blood flow throughout our bodies. This increase in blood flow speeds up recovery time between sets allowing you to lift more weight for more reps which will ultimately result in increased muscle mass over time.

Additionally, this supplement increases the conversion rates of free testosterone to its active form which will lead to an overall boost in total T-levels within your body. Most of the natural testosterone boosters contain well-known ingredients which, according to research have been shown to boost nitric oxide levels. This results in larger pumps, faster recovery between sets, better nutrient transportation to your muscles, increased protein synthesis (muscle building process), as well as the promotion of free testosterone conversion.

They also contain minerals that help in recovering after strenuous workouts such as zinc, magnesium, boron, calcium, potassium, etc. These minerals provide our bodies with vital nutrients they need to recover properly after a workout. This means that you won't experience any muscle soreness the next day allowing you to work out more frequently without suffering from fatigue or overtraining symptoms.

What are the pros and cons of taking natural testosterone boosters?

The benefits of taking a natural T-Booster are great. They help you gain muscle and strength promptly while minimizing your risk for side effects and health complications. Additionally, they allow you to recover faster and more efficiently after workouts which allows you to work out more often without risking injury or overtraining symptoms. Finally, the heightened levels of nitric oxide improve blood flow making it easier for nutrients such as protein and creatine to be transported throughout your body resulting in better gains than ever before.

They do have their disadvantages though: For one, most natural testosterone boosters cost more than regular supplements due to their all-natural ingredients. Furthermore, this supplement requires much longer periods in order to produce visible results. Most of the research regarding natural t-boosters has shown that you need to take these supplements for at least 6 to 8 weeks for them to have any effect on your testosterone production.

On top of that, some studies have shown a correlation between nitric oxide pills and their negative effect on the body's natural testosterone production. However, this is not always the case due to individual differences in physiology which means that you should read the ingredients carefully before buying any product from this category.

How safe it is to use natural testosterone boosters?

The safety of taking a T-Booster supplement is highly dependent on the ingredients found in its formula. Some herbal extracts, such as fenugreek, can significantly lower your total and free testosterone levels if taken for a long period of time without proper cycling. On top of that, this product contains stimulants that can make you prone to mood swings and irritability making it harder for you to control yourself under certain stressful situations.

To avoid major side effects associated with this type of supplement, you should stick with products that have been around for at least 2 years or more and whose popularity has increased gradually over time thanks to their good reputation among customers. While these pills will most likely not cause any major issues with your health, you should still contact your doctor before taking them in case you are suffering from any preexisting conditions.

There are many positive reviews on different forums of users who have experienced great results while using testosterone boosters for both men and women. However, the number of side effects that were reported by some individuals was also significant which is why it's highly recommended to start this supplement with a low dosage of one pill per day to see how your body reacts to its ingredients. Larger dosages can be slowly increased after half a month up until the point where it doesn't cause any more negative side effects.

In conclusion, testosterone boosters are a safe alternative to anabolic steroids because they have higher levels of safety. They do not cause any major side effects unless the supplements are used incorrectly or if you already have some preexisting conditions that make it harder for your body to respond positively to this type of product.

However, you should talk with your doctor before using these pills though, especially if you are taking medications of any kind. Also, check out our testosterone boosters reviews section which aims at providing you with all the necessary information regarding the best T-Booster supplement on today's market.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male who has been experiencing an increase in breast size (slightly more on the left than the right) over the past year. I am healthy and have taken no medications for the past six months except sildenafil, on an as-needed basis. I am approximately 10-15 pounds overweight, but exercise regularly. Because of male breast cancer of my uncle on my mothers side, I had a mammogram and ultrasound recently, which was negative. What could be the cause of this condition? B.P.

ANSWER: Gynecomastia, the development of breast tissue in men, is common among newborns, at puberty and again in adulthood, but all for different reasons.

For older men, breast cancer is indeed a concern. I am glad your doctor sent you for the appropriate diagnostic tests, even though breast cancer in men is uncommon. Its wise to make sure.

The most likely cause in older men is the lowering of testosterone levels that is normal in a mans 60s and 70s. This can be tested via a simple blood test. Ideally, the testosterone level should be drawn at 8:00 a.m. and then repeated if low. A trial of replacement testosterone is appropriate only if the blood level is low. The sildenafil you are taking (usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction) might be a clue that your testosterone is low.

Your thyroid level ought to be checked, as uncontrolled hyperthyroidism is another cause of gynecomastia.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Everyone has been told to reduce their sodium intake for many years. My mother was told this in the 1970s. Because of high blood pressure, she didnt add salt to anything she cooked, and I mostly continued that practice when I got married. Many people no longer add iodized table salt to food. Over the past 15 years, my husband, adult daughter and I all have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Several members of my husbands immediate family also have thyroid issues. Our adult son does not, so far.

Several years ago, I called a well-known soup company and asked if the salt in their foods contained iodine. I was told it didnt. I dont know if that is accurate or whether most processed foods dont use iodized salt. We know a lot of people with thyroid issues, and I wonder if lack of iodine could be the problem. Even though we are getting lots of salt/sodium in our diets, maybe we arent getting enough iodine? J.C.

ANSWER: Iodine deficiency in the United States and Canada is rare, with almost no severe deficiency, and moderate deficiency found in 1% of all people in the U.S. and about 6% of Canadians. In both countries, iodine deficiency is more likely in young adults than in children or older adults. Also, in both countries, iodine intake has reduced over the past decades, probably because of food companies (such as the soup company you called) using non-iodized salt and because of lower salt intake overall. Dairy producers and commercial bakers also use less iodine than they used to. Still, there are many sources of iodine in the North American diet.

Severely low iodine intake is indeed a rare cause for low thyroid levels, although it is more likely to cause an enlargement of the thyroid (called a goiter). In areas of the world where there is adequate iodine, such as all North America, the most common cause of low thyroid levels is the autoimmune disease Hashimotos thyroiditis. This may run in families. You should ask your doctor the cause for your familys low thyroid level. Its unlikely to be low iodine.

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The testosterone hormone is one of the most important ones your body needs. If you are an avid fitness lover and visit the gym daily, then this hormone can help you gain more muscle and strength and reduce fat. This is not limited to people who are gym-goers but also as a man. When you are younger and in your 20s you will enjoy the soaring levels of this hormone but as you age, you will come across the harsh truth that nothing lasts forever. Your testosterone level will start dropping after you have hit 30 which will start affecting your strength libido, make you more fatigued, and so on.

Getting an expert medical opinion is helpful to ensure there are no underlying health problems you are facing. At the same time, you can start the best t-booster that will help in improving your hormone level. Accompanied by regular workouts and a good diet, you will be able to keep your testosterone levels intact. Understanding the importance of maintaining the right levels of this hormone is very important.

Testosterone is important for male vitality. It plays an important role as an androgen in your body. This helps to have normal reproduction and sexual functions. The production of male hormones and sperm is situated in the case of the brain where the pituitary gland and hypothalamus are.

When it comes to buying the right booster to improve your testosterone level, you will find a myriad of options. Therefore, it can be rather consuming as you would not know which is the right one for you to invest your money in. One way to ensure you are getting the right one is to check the ingredients in it. Below are the top natural ingredients to look for when choosing a supplement for yourself.

The D3 sunshine vitamin is one of the more effective ingredients. This ingredient can help to regulate more than 1000 bodily functions that have been shown to prominently increase testosterone levels. It is a cholesterol-derived steroid hormone that is considered an identical hormone to testosterone. When you have a good intake of Vitamin D3, you will notice a higher level of T-hormone in 12 months. It will also show an improvement in your bone density.

This is one of the key ingredients to look for before buying the supplement. It is one of the ingredients that makes top testosterone boosters as it has a combination of two amino acids. These are aspartic acid and L-aspartate. It helps to release growth at home and thereby also increases the testosterone level. This is a common ingredient most people buying boosters look for as it significantly increases your natural testosterone levels.

In many Asian countries, fenugreek is a common ingredient used in many recipes. It has been used for its medicinal properties for many years. This ingredient is abundant in vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, and many other vital minerals that are helpful to your body. It can help to reduce cholesterol levels, improve workout performance and increase libido. So make sure you look for this ingredient when you are buying a booster and it will help to improve the testosterone level, increase your body strength and also help to decrease fat.

You will have to struggle to build proper muscles when your testosterone levels are low. Adding L-Arginine to your booster intake is another key ingredient that can be very helpful. When you consume this ingredient, it becomes nitric oxide. This in return helps to widen the blood vessels that help for muscle-building purposes. It helps to release hormones and push the adrenaline levels. As the blood flow is increased, your muscles will be able to receive more nutrients. The result will be a quicker and faster growth of muscles. So if you are looking at building your muscle, the natural ingredient L-arginine is your answer.

The above ingredients hold the key to buying the right booster that can help you enhance your testosterone levels. However bear in mind that if you are young and do not have these problems, then take such boosters only after taking advice from a medical expert. This is because the booster can affect your natural t-hormone production. For those who need it to help improve their T-levels, make sure you accompany it with a balanced diet and training so it can work its best for you.

Many reasons can cause a decline in your t-hormone level. These hormones are at their peak when you hit puberty that results in developing a deeper voice, facial hair, and larger muscle. However, when there are problems that arise in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, the t-hormone level starts to drop. This usually happens after you have hit the age of 30 and will be visible as you will start to gain weight easily, will have a lower sex drive and muscle mass as well as have mental symptoms like depression.

There are however steps you can take to enhance the t-hormone level again. This starts with a very good diet. A good diet can work wonders for both your body and mind. Eat food that is healthy and has a strict routine around it. The same goes for physical exercise. Make it a part of your day daily so that you can maintain your physical fitness. These two factors will be the most helpful in making the booster work right for you.

Trying to lose a lot of weight is harder than keeping fit in a daily routine. Your body will be playing an important role till the end of your life span so make sure you give it the best you can so in return it can help you live your life the way you want it to be.

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Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 70-year-old male who has been experiencing an increase in breast size (slightly more on the left than the right) over the past year. I am healthy and have taken no medications for the past six months except sildenafil, on an as-needed basis. I am approximately 10-15 pounds overweight, but exercise regularly. Because of male breast cancer of my uncle on my mothers side, I had a mammogram and ultrasound recently, which was negative. What could be the cause of this condition? B.P.

Answer: Gynecomastia, the development of breast tissue in men, is common among newborns, at puberty and again in adulthood, but all for different reasons.

For older men, breast cancer is indeed a concern. I am glad your doctor sent you for the appropriate diagnostic tests, even though breast cancer in men is uncommon. Its wise to make sure.

The most likely cause in older men is the lowering of testosterone levels that is normal in a mans 60s and 70s. This can be tested via a simple blood test.

Ideally, the testosterone level should be drawn at 8 a.m. and then repeated if low. A trial of replacement testosterone is appropriate only if the blood level is low. The sildenafil you are taking (usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction) might be a clue that your testosterone is low.

Your thyroid level ought to be checked, as uncontrolled hyperthyroidism is another cause of gynecomastia.

Dear Dr. Roach: Everyone has been told to reduce their sodium intake for many years.

My mother was told this in the 1970s. Because of high blood pressure, she didnt add salt to anything she cooked, and I mostly continued that practice when I got married.

Many people no longer add iodized table salt to food. Over the past 15 years, my husband, adult daughter and I all have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Several members of my husbands immediate family also have thyroid issues. Our adult son does not, so far.

Several years ago, I called a well-known soup company and asked if the salt in their foods contained iodine. I was told it didnt. I dont know if that is accurate or whether most processed foods dont use iodized salt. We know a lot of people with thyroid issues, and I wonder if lack of iodine could be the problem. Even though we are getting lots of salt/sodium in our diets, maybe we arent getting enough iodine? J.C.

Answer: Iodine deficiency in the United States and Canada is rare, with almost no severe deficiency, and moderate deficiency found in 1% of all people in the U.S. and about 6% of Canadians. In both countries, iodine deficiency is more likely in young adults than in children or older adults. Also, in both countries, iodine intake has reduced over the past decades, probably because of food companies (such as the soup company you called) using non-iodized salt and because of lower salt intake overall. Dairy producers and commercial bakers also use less iodine than they used to. Still, there are many sources of iodine in the North American diet.

Severely low iodine intake is indeed a rare cause for low thyroid levels, although it is more likely to cause an enlargement of the thyroid (called a goiter).

In areas of the world where there is adequate iodine, such as all North America, the most common cause of low thyroid levels is the autoimmune disease Hashimotos thyroiditis. This may run in families. You should ask your doctor the cause for your familys low thyroid level.

Its unlikely to be low iodine.

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Testes Essentials

In addition to their role in the male reproductive system, the testes also have the distinction of being an endocrine gland because they secrete testosteronea hormone that is vital to the normal development of male physical characteristics.

Anatomy of the Testes

The testes are twin oval-shaped organs about the size of a large grape. They are located within the scrotum, which is the loose pouch of skin that hangs outside the body behind the penis. While this location makes the testes vulnerable to injury (they have no muscles or bones to shield them), it provides a cooler temperature for the organs. A cooler environment is necessary for healthy sperm production.

Testosterone: The Hormone of the Testes

Testosterone is necessary for proper physical development in boys. It is the primary androgen, which is the term for any substance that stimulates and/or maintains masculine development. During puberty, testosterone is involved in many of the processes that transition a boy to manhood, including:

The importance of testosterone is not limited to puberty. Throughout adulthood, the hormone is integral in a variety of functions, such as:

Testosterone Production

The hypothalamus sends a signal to the pituitary gland to release gonadotrophic substances (follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone). Luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulates testosterone production. If too much testosterone is produced, the hypothalamus alerts the pituitary gland to make less LH, which tells the testes to decrease testosterone levels.

Disorders of the Testes: Hypogonadism

There are two types of hypogonadismprimary and secondary. Primary refers to a defect with the testicles, and secondary involves a problem in the pituitary gland that indirectly affects testosterone production.

The condition may be caused by many things and is most commonly the result of:

The testes play a vital role not only in the male reproductive system but in the endocrine system as well. The release of the hormone testosterone is integral to the healthy development of male physical characteristics.

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Two 18-year-old runners from Namibia were barred Friday from running in the 400 meters at the Olympics because of high natural testosterone levels, becoming the latest female athletes to be affected by the same contentious regulations that have sidelined Caster Semenya.

Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, who burst into Olympic medal reckoning with some blisteringly fast times this year, were subjected to medical assessments by track governing body World Athletics at their training camp in Italy, the Namibia Olympic committee said.

They were withdrawn from the 400 meters by the Namibian team after the tests revealed high natural testosterone which meant they wouldnt be allowed to run in the 400 in Tokyo.

The pair can still run in the 200 meters, where theyve also qualified, because tracks testosterone rules only apply to distances between 400 meters and one mile.

In a separate statement, the Namibian track federation said the two teenagers would still go to the Olympics and will focus their full attention on the 200m event. It said the runners were disappointed but they remain in high spirits.

Their exclusion from the 400 sparked angry reactions and criticism of the rules from numerous political parties in Namibia.

Before this year, both athletes were relative unknowns.

Mboma ran 48.54 seconds to win a 400 race in Poland on Wednesday, which was an under-20 world record and the seventh-fastest time ever recorded by a woman in the 400. It was also the fastest time in the world this year ahead of all the events big names, and the fastest time in the world since 2019.

Masilingis 49.53 seconds at a low-level meet in Zambia in April stands as the third fastest time of 2021 behind Mboma and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the current Olympic champion.

Those eye-catching times spurred World Athletics to order the testosterone tests.

It is important to understand that both our athletes were not aware of this condition, the Namibia Olympic committee said.

The Namibian Olympic body said it was in close contact with World Athletics medical officer Stephane Bermon, one of the architects of the testosterone rules, with regards to the way forward in the interest of our two sprinters.

The situation is reminiscent of the highly controversial sex verification tests conducted on a teenage Semenya when she broke onto the international scene at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

World Athletics latest testosterone regulations have been fiercely debated since they were introduced in 2018.

They have resulted in Semenya, the two-time Olympic champion, being unable to run in her favorite event and defend her title in Tokyo. She has launched legal appeals in various courts, calling the rules unfair and discriminatory, but has lost two of those appeals and is waiting for a third to be heard.

The rules have also affected two other high-profile African athletes, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won silver and bronze behind Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, where the testosterone issue became a dominant story.

Niyonsaba and Wambui have both also been barred from the 800, although Niyonsaba has qualified for the Olympics in the 5,000 meters and says she will run in Tokyo.

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You may have seen ads targeting men with low testosterone or low T promising all kinds of benefits...but are they too good to be true?

Dr. Drew Oliveira, Senior Executive Medical Director for Regence BlueCross BlueShield says, The truth of it is, our testosterone gets lower as we age.

Oliveira says you may have heard that pills or supplements that can reverse this problem. And while there are some conditions that require testosterone replacement - contrary to advertisements, reduced vitality, strength and even demeanor or mood are not really a diagnostic for low testosterone.

Oliveira says to keep in mind that, Testosterone replacement has risks. A study of 15,000 older men men, showed a 21 percent increase in cardiovascular events in that group heart attacks, strokes. So, its not 100 percent safe to replace testosterone, especially in that population.

Instead, he suggests some other ways to stay healthy as you age.

First, if you smoke, stop smoking. Second, if you need to drink, limit your drinks to two drinks a day.

Alcohol use, Oliveira says, is associated with higher risks of cancer and cardiovascular risks, including hypertension.

Oliveira says you should also focus on diet and exercise to ensure healthy aging.

Maintain an ideal body weight. If youre overweight, even losing five percent will help. Eat healthy, what you eat should be very colorful, fruits, vegetables, grains, limit the amount of fats in your diet. All those things will help.

150 minutes of vigorous activity is also recommended each week.

If you do those things, you will feel better, you will feel younger, you will stay fit, you will live in optimum health, and you will live longer, says Oliveira.

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