Testosterone: How Much Do You Really Know About This Potent Hormone?
Keep Reading and Find Out What You May Not Know
The dictionary definition of testosterone is “a steroid hormone that stimulates the development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.”
That definition is accurate. But testosterone is more than what is mentioned...way more. Testosterone is genuinely the hormone "king," an almost magical substance responsible for male characteristics of potency, libido, energy and all-around vibrant health.
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But There is Confusion About Testosterone
Most people are aware of the benefits of testosterone, as well as its importance in maintaining men’s health. But there are facts about testosterone that many folks are unaware of. For example, did you know…
- Testosterone is not only found in men. That’s right. Women also have a small amount of testosterone in their ovaries.
- Low Testosterone (“Low-T”) has several names: Andropause, Male Menopause, and Late-onset Hypogonadism. Whatever it is called, low testosterone produces several adverse health consequences.
- Women, as well as men, suffer from the effects of low testosterone. But menopause is not responsible for this decline in women. In both genders the real culprit is aging.
- The brain, not the sex organs, controls testosterone production. It’s true that testosterone is one of the hormones that stimulate sexual function in both men and women. However, it is the hypothalamus and pituitary glands that initiate the production of testosterone.
- Obesity is directly linked to low testosterone. Several studies have concluded that close to 40% of middle-age, obese men suffer from Low-T. This is a “chicken-vs-egg” issue: are these men fat as a result of less testosterone, or are they suffering from the wretched Low-T condition because they are overweight? Obviously, losing weight through proper nutrition and exercise will help boost testosterone levels.
- A consequence of plummeting testosterone levels can also open the door for an unwelcome guest: diabetes. Why? Because testosterone enables the body to control blood sugar levels in response to insulin. Remember this simple equation: Low-T = insulin resistance. This is another “chicken-vs-egg” question: does diabetes lower testosterone or does Low-T cause diabetes? Regardless, the connection between these two unfortunate afflictions is something you need to be aware of.
- A loss of testosterone could result in men having little or no interest in sex. Natural aging often lowers a man’s interest in sex. This decline may be due in part to the natural loss of testosterone as a man ages. However, having no interest in sex is not normal, and might be a direct result of Low-T.
- Low testosterone does not cause baldness. Testosterone creates the appearance of facial hair in teenage boys and continues to affect hair growth as boys turn into men. But while Low-T may cause the disappearance of hair throughout the body, it does not change baldness. Genetics is the offender when men’s hair begins its vanishing act.
- Alcohol lowers testosterone. In spite of the reputation of the manly, two-fisted drinker, excess alcohol wreaks havoc on a man’s testosterone levels. Here’s why. Testosterone is produced in the testicles, and drinking is harmful to the testicles. Alcohol can inhibit the secretion of many different hormones that play a crucial role in a man’s fertility and sexual function. Need proof? Consider this. Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in men) is a common problem in men who drink excessively, as is shrunken testicles. These conditions are a result of alcohol converting testosterone into the female hormone estrogen. So much for the manly, two-fisted drinker!
- There are treatments for low testosterone. All-too-often, far too many men AND their physicians attribute the piecemeal departure of their manhood as natural aging. “That’s just the way it is; deal with it” is heard by men with depressing frequency. The problem with that diagnosis is that it’s not true. There are treatments to relieve the symptoms of low testosterone. Keep reading and discover how you can benefit from the most cutting-edge methods of restoring your manhood.
Why You Need Testosterone
Teenage boys experience an explosion of testosterone in their adolescent years. Testosterone is responsible for the lower, deeper voice change, the appearance of facial hair, bigger and stronger muscles, the ability to eat whatever and whenever and a raging libido.
The party of the wild, surging hormones from your teenage years cannot go on forever. Around age thirty men start to lose testosterone at approximately 10% per decade. By your 40s or 50s, the symptoms of aging are becoming louder and louder...too loud to ignore. In short, your manliness begins to sail away like ships slowly vanishing over the horizon.
Sadly, when men begin to feel the full fury of their loss of testosterone, they may not consider receiving treatment. All-too-often their symptoms are brushed aside with comments like “you're just getting old” or “everyone feels this way, just deal with it” or other similar, depressing refrains.
However, you do have options. You don’t have to continue to suffer in silent misery. But before receiving any treatment, you must make sure that a loss of testosterone is the problem. Here’s how to figure it out.
You Can’t Measure Your Testosterone Levels by the Way You Feel
Here are a few of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone:
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Brittle, weak bones
- Joint aches and pains
- Increasing lack of flexibility
- Brain fog and poor memory
- Dry, whithering, wrinkled skin
- Sluggish wound healing
- Diminished sex drive and impotence
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
The list of nightmares brought on by the loss of testosterone goes on and on, seemingly without end. The problem is that these are the same symptoms of aging.
Why You Need to Consult with a Medical Professional
What this difference between aging and Low-T means is this: you can’t determine you are suffering from low testosterone merely by how you feel. If you are experiencing three or more of the symptoms mentioned above, it is vital that you have a blood test which can measure your testosterone level.
Then and only then will your doctor make a diagnosis and you and your doctor will determine if you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
Remember this: the importance of testosterone to men cannot be overstated. It is the master hormone, the do-all, be-all, end-all key to masculinity. It is almost as important to men as food, water, and oxygen.
Testosterone represents boldness, confidence, strength, intelligence and excellent health. Don’t let your testosterone evaporate. Do something about it!
Anti-Aging science is progressing at a rapid pace. We may not become immortal, but we don't have to suffer and collapse decades before our time. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the ticket to grabbing the aging bull by the horns and smashing it to the ground.
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