As we’ve discussed before, low testosterone can affect your overall body and health, not just your sexual health. When it comes to overall physical fitness, low testosterone is mostly associated with muscle health and fitness: but did you know that it can have an impact on joint pain, as well?
Low T and Joint Pain
Joint pain is, to some extent, a normal part of aging, as collagen production reduces and tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. However, joint pain can also be a sign of other issues. Most importantly, joint pain can make it more difficult to get adequate exercise.
Androgens like testosterone help protect cartilage, which means that low levels of testosterone can result in increased inflammation in the joints. A 2014 study suggests that low testosterone is linked to high levels of rheumatoid arthritis in men.
Testosterone and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is associated with muscle and joint pain throughout the body, as well as fatigue. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men, but a recent study has shown that testosterone therapy, in combination with other treatments, can help reduce pain from fibromyalgia. The study suggests that testosterone deficiency may have an impact on pain levels from a variety of causes.
How Testosterone Therapy Can Help Joint Pain and Inflammation
Doctors are learning more and more about how inflammation affects specific systems as well as overall health. Studies continue to suggest that testosterone levels have a significant impact on inflammation in the body. This suggests that not only is testosterone therapy effective for general fatigue, but also for improving chronic pain.
One of the main benefits to improving chronic pain and inflammation is that when we experience less day-to-day discomfort, we are more likely to be physically active, which results in overall improved health.
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