Testosterone is one of the most important male hormones. It’s produced mainly in the testicles and it helps men to maintain bone density, fat distribution, sperm production, sex drive, red blood cell production, facial and body hair, and muscle strength and mass. As you can see, it really does a lot, that’s why a lot of men start to worry when their testosterone level drops. It peaks around adolescence/young adulthood, and it’s normal that after they turn 30, it starts to gradually decline. However, that’s when they begin to wonder if it can be possible to introduce testosterone therapy and testosterone boosters to help themselves stay younger and healthier for a little bit longer. If your doctor says that you have indeed low testosterone level or even hypogonadism, it may be a good idea. And here’s why:
1. It May Decrease Body Fat and Help Build Muscles
Testosterone helps to maintain the right levels of glucose and insulin, and control metabolism. Therefore, when its level drops, men are more likely to accumulate adipose tissue, e.g. fat. A great part of obese men actually has less testosterone than average. What’s more, this hormone is also important when it comes to building muscle mass. Studies show that testosterone therapy really can change body mass (both fat and muscles), but it’s not linked with strength. So the best way is to keep exercising during the therapy to be sure that you don’t only look good, but there’s also something else to your muscles.
2. It May Help to Fight Depression
Researchers are not sure whether it’s the low testosterone that causes depression or the other way around, but they agree that men who suffer from depression actually have a deficiency in this area, and they really do feel better after undergoing testosterone treatment. However, some research shows that it’s only the case for men with hypogonadism, and the quality of life doesn’t get poorer when the testosterone levels drop naturally.
3. It May Keep the Heart Healthy
Red blood cells are responsible mainly for distributing oxygen through our body, and the oxygen is needed by muscles and organs for their peak performance. This is all possible thanks to the heart which pumps blood, and it’s one of testosterone’s main functions to help red blood cell production in the bone marrow. That’s why many people link low testosterone levels with heart problems. But is that really a case? And is it possible to reduce the risk of heart attack with testosterone therapy?
Studies are not conclusive yet, unfortunately. Some showed that it slightly improved the well-being of men with heart diseases – some of them were able to exercise a little bit more, others’ arteries widened. There was also a larger study of over 80,000 men which found that testosterone therapy reduced the risk of a heart attack by 24% and that of a stroke of 36%, but scientists and doctors are yet to prove it.
4. It May Help with Libido
Low libido and decreased interest in sex are two of the first symptoms that men with low testosterone notice. After all, it’s the sex hormone – men with higher levels of it often do lead better sex life, while those with low testosterone, especially older men, may experience problems with erectile function. However, it’s also very often due to other conditions, diseases and medications, that’s why a consultation with a doctor is essential in this case.
5. It May Strengthen the Bones
Decreasing bone density is one of the signs of testosterone levels dropping down gradually when men get older which can lead to osteoporosis and other problems, as bones are responsible for supporting all your muscles and internal organs. It’s especially important to maintain the right levels of testosterone when you’re an athlete. According to research, you can help yourself with testosterone therapy, but it needs to be monitored and well-planned.
As you can see, there may be several important benefits of increasing testosterone levels; this hormone influences a lot of aspects of men’s bodies and organisms. However, it is essential to consult with a doctor first. One should never take any medicines, pills and boosters on their own, as they can do some serious damage to their health. With professional supervision, though, it may do a lot of good.