Of course we’ve all heard of Testosterone and how it plays an important role in the masculine qualities of men. In short they have no quality of life without it! When puberty arrives for the male we think of breaking voices and facial hair beginning to emerge, not to mention bodily hormones dancing all over the place.
But how much do you really know about what it is and what its complete functions are?
Well this feature we delve a little deeper to help you discover more!
What is Testosterone?
Well it’s a vital hormone largely found in the male though women do also have very small levels in the body. It can determine if a foetus becomes male or female and it helps males maintain a healthy libido as well as helping with the powers of concentration.
As the male begins to get a little older then it really comes into its own, as the boy becomes the man. It will eventually reach a peak and then as with many other things the older we get more natural changes begin to occur.
But How Does the Hormone Work?
The human body is a very clever piece of kit and when stimulation or any sort of arousal takes place then testosterone is suddenly produced. It’ll send a signal to the brain which in turn goes into the hard working pituitary gland. A series of bio events then takes place leading to production of the hormone in the testes!
It actually starts out as cholesterol from what we call, ‘Leydig cells’. Little amounts of the hormone go into the blood stream and into the cells so it can begin working around the body.
So Why Do We Need a Booster?
Men can certainly experience various changes in their testosterone levels due to many reasons. They may have damage to their testes or a specific genetic condition. Research has also shown over the years consuming too much alcohol can have a dramatic effect on the hormone or even a poor diet or bad lifestyle.
Estrogen, normally found in women can come into the equation causing levels of testosterone to decrease significantly. In actual fact the level will drop in any case with age and especially for those who are obese or badly overweight. This in itself can lead to erectile dysfunction and a low sex drive.
But it can also cause unwelcome mood swings and continual tiredness which affects complete concentration. Men with diabetes will usually have low levels of the hormone or develop the illness later on. Male strength can drop quite quickly but there are many more reasons. In truth this is quite the complicated hormone!
Remember only a medical professional can determine whether or not an individual has low levels of testosterone – they’ll carry out a number of tests including taking bloods!
It should be very apparent by now men with testosterone problems will need a booster and these can come in many different forms. It could be a gel or an injection of the hormone could be administered. But there are also both patches and creams available. Again your doctor needs to help with this!
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So When Treated Will Men Get Any Sort of Reaction?
This is a perfectly reasonable question and the answer is yes! It really depends on the type of treatment a man gets from the doctor but it could in some cases cause acne or some sort of fluid retention. Males may find their breasts will increase in size or their testicles may shrink a tiny bit.
Any form of treatment will require regular checkups of course so none of these things should worry you unduly. You should be told Research into the relationship between low testosterone and a number of other health conditions is ongoing. Some short-term studies have revealed testosterone replacement may improve blood sugar levels and obesity in men who carry low testosterone.
In 2006 researchers revealed various links between low testosterone and medical conditions. In 2,100 men over the age of 45, the odds of having low levels of the hormone in the body were:
- 2.4 times higher for obese men
- 2.1 times higher for men with diabetes
- 1.8 times higher for men with high blood pressure
As you can tell this can be a pretty complicated subject so if ever you feel you may have a problem don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it. Even if you don’t have a problem they’ll give you great advice.