Updated: Thu 12/8/16
Dr. Spring Chen, M.D.
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What's the cause of low libido?
Libido problems can be caused by either mental/emotional as well as, physical/hormonal problems. Typically, as a man (or woman) ages, hormonal imbalances cause lowered libido. The primary hormone that controls libido and sex drive is known as testosterone.
As you testosterone drops, so does your libido, drive for life, muscle mass, strength and stamina. Of course, there are other causes. Here are a few, but not limited to:
Are "hormones" the only cause of libido problems?
If there's a sudden decrease in your libido, then no - many times it can be due to stress. But, gradual decrease, especially if you're over the age of 40 is usually attributed to an imbalance in hormones - testosterone, estrogen, insulin, cortisol, and prolactin.
What's the best type of diet to follow?
Some say low carbs or high protein, vegetarian, high fat, etc., etc. Honestly, after 20 years of research I would say the BEST diet is one that's "iso-caloric", which is 1/3 protein, carbs and fats. It's the easiest to follow and least restrictive. The "Zone" Diet fits into this category.
The above is a simple guideline to stick to 80% of the time. Eat 4-6 smaller meals daily, with breakfast being the largest and dinner the smallest. Eat more carbohydrates during the day and more fats at night. Protein with all your meals.
Does exercise make any difference? If yes, what's the best form?
Yes, exercise does make a difference because it can improve your hormones, which will then improve your libido, blood sugar, reduce inflammation, etc.
Now, what's the "best form"?... The honest answer is "anything that keeps you interested", right? If you don't like to run, then you won't stick to it. So, just get out and MOVE - indoor or outdoor, just MOVE every day for 15-20 min. At least 1 total hours a week.
But a more specific answer is a combination of resistance exercise (weights, machines, cables, etc.) + cardiovascular (walking, jogging, re-bounder, stairs, etc.). Something simple to follow is 30 minutes of weights, followed by 30 minutes of cardio, 3x weekly.
At the very least, get out and walk - you can do it any time, any place and it's FREE! So, no excuses.
What are good vitamins or supplements to take?
Let's start with the basic multi-vitamin. Then, I would suggest some anti-oxidants thrown in - extra Vitamin C, E, D3, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. These are what most people are deficient and will make a big impact.
Now, because your goal is to have improved libido, the following natural ingredients have been scientifically proven to help by improving your hormone levels:
What's the safest or best medication to take?
There are some, but many that may cause negative side-effects. This is best discussed with your doctor. One should not "self medicate" and order some drug on the Internet.
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