Hormones in rheumatoid link

Gents, you already know how low levels of manly hormones will leave you weak in the sack.

What you might not realize is that they'll leave you weak in the knees, too -- not to mention your elbows, wrists, and every other joint, because low testosterone can lead to one of the most devastating pain conditions of all: rheumatoid arthritis.

That's an autoimmune form of arthritis that's not always linked to age -- a disease that "anyone" can supposedly get.

But you're more likely to be among the "anyones" if your supply of manly hormones is running low, according to the latest research.

What's more, the study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases finds that low testosterone can help predict rheumatoid years or even decades before your own doctor diagnoses the condition.

Since the study finds that testosterone levels drop an average of 13 years before the actual rheumatoid, that means a simple hormone test can give you a luxury in fighting this disease that you don't often get: Time.

That's 13 years to slow the advance of rheumatoid, stop it in its tracks, and maybe even reverse it completely -- and that's not the only reason to stay on top of your testosterone levels.

Along with protecting your joints, testosterone is essential to muscle health -- which is why seniors with low levels are more likely to be crippled, weak, and just plain frail.

And when your testosterone drops out of the happy zone, you get sad -- because low hormone levels can lead to depression and other mood problems.

Low testosterone can also rob you of your sex drive faster than pictures of Hillary Clinton. And it can sap your energy levels so completely that you won't want to "do it" even if you can.

Should I go on? Missing out on these essential hormones can lead to cobwebs in your brain and problems in your heart -- so if you're past middle age and haven't had your hormone levels checked, do yourself (and your wife) a favor and get tested ASAP.

A naturopathic physician not only can run those tests, he can also top you off. I recommend a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.