The word testosterone is sometimes used in everyday language to excuse or explain behavior or characteristics regarded specifically as male. Testosterone is, indeed the key male sex hormone – but what exactly does it do, and should men worry about their levels getting lower as they grow older?
WHAT IS TESTOSTERONE?
Testosterone is a hormone, i.e. a chemical messenger, that is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics, although females also produce testosterone, albeit usually in smaller amounts. A male begins to produce testosterone as early as seven weeks after conception. Testosterone levels rise during puberty, peak during the late teen years, and then level off. After age 30 or so, it’s normal for a man’s testosterone levels to decrease slightly every year.
TESTOSTERONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:
- Sex drive
- Bone mass
- Fat distribution
- Muscle size and strength
- Red blood cell production.
WHAT HAPPENS IF TESTOSTERONE GETS TOO LOW?:
- Decreased desire for sex (libido)
- Diminished erectile function
- Reduced intellectual and cognitive function
- Depression and mood swings
- Decrease in muscle mass and strength
- Decreased body hair
- Changes in skin’s appearance
- Decreased bone mass/mineral density
- Increase in abdominal fat mass.
Testosterone levels decrease with age. According to Medical News Today, about 4 in 10 men experience low testosterone levels. When testosterone levels are low, bones weaken and muscle mass decreases along with energy levels. Testosterone supplementation restores levels to those of a healthy younger version of themselves. Increased lean muscle mass and bone density and decreased body fat can all result from testosterone replacement.While aging will continue whether or not we want it to, we are finding treatments that slow or reverse its effects.
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