Back to testosterone

Several a few weeks ago we discussed at length the steps men should take to increase their testosterone levels using natural means and taking advantage of regular exercise and plenty of certain types of foods, vegetables and fruits in our environment.

However, this focused essay which mainly focused on ways to increase the level of testosterone in the body was largely ignored by many readers who instead wanted to know what drugs they could take to increase their own levels. Needless to say, not a single person who sent in a question even took a test to determine what their circulating hormone levels are. Testosterone is the main sex hormone and anabolic steroid in men. In humans, this hormone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive organs such as the testicles, penis and prostate. This activity begins early in the first eight weeks of life as a fetus and continues after birth. Prior to this date, all fetuses look and resemble females. It is therefore reasonable to say that the increasing availability of testosterone is what makes the distinction between the sexes.

It is therefore the development of testosterone that creates the difference between men and women. Its activity within the developing male fetus is also believed to be responsible for whether the testicles descend properly into the scrotum or not. Beyond this period, testosterone rises again during puberty and is responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics that further define who a growing man is: baritone voice, armpit hair growth, facial hair growth and in the pubic region as well as the chest, arms and legs. There is also the further development of the body and the bones, so that the muscle mass increases and the bones become larger and heavier. The hormone continues its functions until early adulthood and determines the libido seen in men, libido. It is also responsible for distributing body fat and increasing muscle strength as well as increasing red blood cell count and sperm count and quality. A small amount of this important hormone remains unused and is thus converted into a compound called estradiol, a form of estrogen that men also need to carry out a number of activities in the body.

Therefore, it is now clear that when men make a healthy amount of testosterone, they are considered healthy and fit. They are able to physically engage and reproduce. When the level is low, there is a feeling of uselessness and a loss of self-confidence. People sink into sadness and depression while others will struggle to remember events. There may be some level of lack of personal motivation and reduced personal ambition. On the other hand, when the testosterone level is abnormally high, the effects are sometimes quite surprising because the sperm count drops and could even become abnormally low. There is shrinkage of the testicles and impotence could result. Also, there is damage to the heart muscle with an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Finally, the prostate grows. As it grows, the middle lobe of the organ compresses the urethra and it gradually becomes difficult to urinate. We’ve discussed some of these uncomfortable changes when we’ve talked about benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer at various times in the past on this page.

We agreed in the last essay that exercises can increase testosterone levels. It can increase the mass and volume of our muscles in just a few weeks. Among people who work in the bodybuilding industry, it has long been recognized that increased levels of this hormone are responsible for the huge gains they make in muscle mass. Vitality also increases sharply during this period and it is clear that there is a direct relationship between the two. Some types of exercise are more effective than others at increasing testosterone levels, but it should be noted that the more muscle you have, the higher your testosterone level is likely to be. In women, it is interesting to see that testosterone also plays an important role in their physical well-being and sexual health. In addition to this, it is believed that the increase in testosterone levels in postmenopausal women is the reason why there is an increase in their stable hemoglobin concentration. It may also be responsible for the increased depth of the female voice with age. In men, old age sees a drop in this hormone leading to an increase in prostate size and an increase in incidents of erectile dysfunction.

Research on this important hormone is therefore conclusive in its conclusions: it is important for both sexes to ensure that they have healthy levels of testosterone even as they age. And when estimating the level of this hormone, blood is taken from a vein early in the morning on the day of the test. This is because the level is at its highest at this time of day. As discussed in the previous essay, testosterone is produced in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females. In both sexes, small amounts are produced in the adrenal glands which are also responsible for producing stress hormones. Testosterone peaks around the age of 20 and slowly begins to decline. At this age, the normal level of the hormone is between 300 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood (ng/dL) and it is considered low if it falls below 300. The effects of these numbers on everything men vary greatly because while some men may be ready for a second intercourse after as little as 10 minutes, the same average length of time for a man to maintain an erection normally, others will have to wait several hours or even days before being able to attempt another one after having an orgasm.

Testosterone isn’t the only contributing factor to erectile dysfunction. Although it is recognized as the most common sexual problem in men, it is important to keep in mind that its appearance in life does not depend on age. Some young men in their twenties are already struggling with erectile dysfunction, while others in their 80s have absolutely no trouble maintaining an erection. It is therefore a problem that can appear at any age, but health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes are sometimes contributing factors for its presence in an individual. Many drugs are promoted as being able to increase testosterone levels and the claims are often tempting. It is customary to warn patients that precautions should be taken when using these drugs. Most of the advertised ingredients do not increase muscle mass as claimed nor do they increase testosterone levels. Worse still, they carry significant health risks when used. However, when it is necessary to use it judiciously, it is available as a tablet, cream, patch, granule or injection for adult men but also for children who occasionally demonstrate the need.

Therefore, in men who have isolated low testosterone, which means they do not have other unwanted health conditions such as those we have mentioned above, it is possible to use the use of this medicine in any convenient form for the purpose of righting what is perceived to be wrong. These vary from a rather small penis in childhood to a low libido in mature men. And the effects are often dramatic with an increase in penis size within weeks and pubic hair growth. In men, the symptoms of erectile dysfunction improve and the libido also improves. There is an associated elevation in mood, improved energy status and increased sperm count. A combination of all these factors can present an overall psychological advantage for the man who regards this incapacity as a serious obstacle to happiness and social interaction.

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