When Phil (name changed) first came to see me for his most troubling symptom of low T- Low Sex Drive, he certainly didn’t think his stomach could have anything to do with it.
He had tried a Testosterone shot, and among other side effects, it shrunk his testicles(!). So he was looking for a natural approach. He basically just wanted me to give hm some supplements. But that approach doesn’t really fix anything. We start with tests.
Since Phil noted that he had trouble with acid reflux, and was taking medication that wasn’t really getting rid of the problem. So in addition to running our usual Stress Hormone and Testosterone lab test, with Phil we also ran a test that looks for digestive infection.
Phil’s stress hormones, were out of balance – cortisol was high and DHEA was low, which explained why his energy levels are low, and were the likely reason his T has dropped. But what was causing the high cortisol?
In addition to a high-stress job, a bad diet, and a troubled teenage son, Phil’s digestive panel came back with a bug (a bacterial infection) – H. Pylori.
H. Pylori is the bacterial infection that can cause ulcers and even stomach cancer. But one of the less discussed problems with H. Pylori is that causes inflammatory stress in the stomach, and this can drive cortisol levels up. Phil chose an herbal program to kill off the H. Pylori, and simultaneously worked with me to re-balance his hormones. We changed his diet, got him lifting again, helped him get help for the teenage daughter, and worked on his sleep.
Within about 6 months he reported that his sex drive was back. He’d lost 14 pounds and quit taking the medication for the reflux. Turned out a hidden infection in his stomach was the stressor that drove his hormones over the edge.