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Testosterone: What Dads Need to Know


Can testosterone levels influence what kind of a father you are? A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline. Being a dad is one of the most important and rewarding responsibilities a man can have. Do you have the right tools?

Symptoms to Watch For

How are you feeling? Are you experiencing fatigue, weight gain, depression, irritability, decreased well-being, lack of motivation or muscle loss? How about low libido or erectile dysfunction?

These symptoms may indicate hormonal imbalance or low testosterone levels, conditions which can keep you from being the great father you aspire to be.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a solution? Well, there is: Get your hormones (testosterone, thyroid, adrenal function and neurotransmitter) tested. Once tested, natural effective therapies can be implemented to balance your hormones and normalize your testosterone.

Testosterone Matters

Okay, let’s be honest. It is usually issues with low libido and erectile dysfunction that bring male patients into the office to be tested and treated.

Significant health risks exist in men with low levels of testosterone. If the testosterone level is below 300, there is a three and a half times increased risk of cancer mortality, double the risk of a heart attack and increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammatory diseases, osteoporosis and obesity.

Decades of research have shown the health benefits of normalizing testosterone. A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology in April showed that after three years, 125 non-testosterone therapy patients suffered major adverse cardiovascular events, compared to 38 medium-dose and 22 high-dose patients.

Low testosterone is generally treated by injections or bioidentical hormonal crème. One of my mentors, Harvard Professor Dr. Morgantaler, has spent 40 years of his life studying testosterone and he recommends testosterone levels range from 600-800.

These are the comments I hear in my office when men are treated for low testosterone.

  • “I feel like myself again.”
  • “I feel normal.”
  • “My wife enjoys spending time with me again.”
  • “I have more patience with my children.”
  • “I don’t have to plan for sex like I did with the pills.”
  • “I feel younger.”
  • “I wake up with excitement for my day.”
  • “I’ve taken up my hobby again.”
  • “I feel alive.”

So, dads, get your testosterone levels tested and consider appropriate treatment if your levels are lower than they should be. You deserve to be happy, energetic, focused and healthy so you can be the best dad you can be!

Dr. Sharon Norling practices Advanced Functional Medicine in Westlake Village. Call 818.707.9355 or visit

Sharon Norling, MD, MBA

Sharon Norling, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharon Norling is a nationally known and highly respected medical doctor specializing in integrative medicine and practicing advanced functional medicine in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Norling graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has trained at USC and UCLA. She received her MBA from St. Thomas University.

Dr. Norling’s expertise is based on her years of clinical experiences, former Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her research. She is national board-certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Norling combines a credible and responsible academic knowledge with years of experience and a caring nature.

Recognized for her expertise, she has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary Alternative Medicine Policy. She has served in multiple leadership roles as Medical Director and senior management in two large healthcare organizations.During her years in health care she has been nurse, medical doctor, hospital administrator, advocate and a dismissed and misdiagnosed patient.

Her passion is finding the root cause of illnesses instead of just using a pharmaceutical drug to treat the tip of the iceberg. Hormonal and neurotransmitter balancing is one of her specialties.

Dr. Norling is an international speaker and the author of Your Doctor is Wrong. As a presenter, she is engaging, articulate, humorous, and insightful, making learning a dynamic professional and personal growth experience. Whether you have heard her on the radio, seen her on TV or sharing the stage with celebrities, Dr. Norling is the expert.

Dr. Norling is a medical authority, a visionary and an extraordinary leader who provides real solutions for patients who have been dismissed or misdiagnosed.

Disclaimer: The information provided is only intended to be general educational information to the public. It does not constitute medical advice. If you have specific questions about any medical matter or if you are suffering from any medical condition, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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