Testosterone is a word that is synonymous with masculinity. It has also become synonymous with the thought of youthful vigor. The subject of men’s health is constantly revolving around the topic of testosterone levels. We hit our peak testosterone levels by age 20 and around the age of 40, it starts dropping off little by little. As men, we need this hormone for a variety of things and most men are aware that it plays a vital role in their sexual health, but that’s not all that testosterone does for us.
Men don’t typically think of themselves as being “hormonal” but we are. By being aware of how our hormones affect us we can have a better understanding of when we need to do something about it. Sexual health is an important aspect of our testosterone, but it’s not the only thing. Let’s take a look at some of the different effects that testosterone has on us.
Hormone Production: The Endocrine System
The system in our bodies responsible for the production and levels of our hormones is known as the endocrine system. While most of your testosterone is produced in the testicles the message to produce comes from your pituitary gland, and the hypothalamus is responsible for communicating how much testosterone is needed. Even before a boy is born testosterone starts working to develop the genitals.
First Development: Reproductive System
Almost two months after being conceived, the genitals begin to be formed by testosterone. As a boy hits puberty testosterone surges, causing the genitals to grow, and is responsible for the production of sperm. Individuals with low testosterone may see sexual health concerns such as erectile dysfunction and low libido. While testosterone therapy is an option for some, it has some potentially negative side effects.
Sex and Sexuality
Along with genital growth, during puberty testosterone is also responsible for the formation of body hair and the voice being deepened. Sexual health is affected by testosterone in interesting ways. While it is initially responsible for a man’s sex drive, if he is sexually inactive for extended periods of time his testosterone levels will drop. While it is not a cure-all, remaining sexually active boosts testosterone and overall sexual health.
Mood: The Central Nervous System
Sexual health is not the only behavioral trait affected by testosterone. Testosterone levels affect a man’s aggressiveness, dominance, self-esteem, and competitive nature. Participating in competitive events can also boost a man’s testosterone levels, similarly to sexual activity. Beyond just mood variations, testosterone plays a role in the ability to concentrate, energy level, and a healthy sleep pattern.
Muscle and More
Strength and muscle size are also affected by testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for several key elements of muscle development, including protein synthesis, tissue growth, and the production of growth hormone. Beyond the muscles, testosterone aids in bone density, so men who are more prone to fractures may have lower testosterone levels to blame. Fat metabolism is also affected directly by the testosterone level.
The Circulatory System
Your circulatory system is responsible for transferring your testosterone throughout your body. A blood test is usually the best way to have your testosterone levels checked. Studies on the effect testosterone has on your heart are mixed. Some indicators lead to a positive impact while others show potentially negative results.
Something to Walk Away With
While sexual health is an important aspect of your testosterone levels, it isn’t the only area to monitor. Testosterone plays a vital role in many areas of one’s life, but a general reduction in the amount is also natural. Testosterone replacement therapies may not always be your best option. There are safe, natural alternatives to help you revitalize your sexual health, such as PRP therapy which uses your own blood to rejuvenate your sexual organ. Looking for natural ways to boost your testosterone should be your first step, diet and exercise can benefit more than just your appearance!
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Understanding the Importance of Testosterone