Understanding Testosterone

Testosterone the male hormone! Not so true, women have it as well. The major difference is in their levels, women have lower levels of testosterone to oestrogens than men, and men have lower levels of oestrogens to testosterone than women. It is these levels that differentiate women from men. Both of these hormones are needed at optimal levels and within the correct ratios, in both sexes, for the body to function correctly.

Sex not like it used to be

Hormones decline as a consequence of age, when this happens sexuality also declines. Testosterone and the other androgens ( known as male hormone) – androstenedione, androstenediol, DHEA,) have an enormous effect on libido.

Testosterone is responsible for keeping sexual desire alive, encouraging enjoyment, fantasy, and the big one, ‘orgasm’! Without adequate amounts of testosterone, things become ‘boring’! Sex just isn’t like it used to be. In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, a woman’s body metabolises testosterone into oestrogens.

Why we need testosterone

Testosterone is part of the hormonal symphony and does many things, it makes a woman more assertive, with low levels she will be less likely to go to the gym or do physical activities. She will be more passive, be low in self-esteem and less confident. Testosterone helps to protect against weight gain, fat accumulation on the abdomen, breast and hips and helps protect against diabetes. It also helps protect against varicose veins and cellulite.

And it increases lean muscle mass – boy, oh, boy will you see a difference in your weight lifting workouts! It improves bone density and protects against osteoporosis, helps mood and lessens depression, decreases the risk of autoimmune diseases, helps with fatigue, and helps decrease the risk of heart disease.

Testosterone protects the brain, low levels have been linked with Alzheimer’s disease. Testosterone protects neurons from being attacked by neurotoxins and free radicals, it improves vasodilation and blood flow in the brain. Testosterone (progesterone and oestrogens) protect against the loss of memory and cognition we see in perimenopause and menopause, as well as the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Testosterone strengthens and protects the heart. The heart is a muscle and the largest in the human body. Testosterone works to keep the heart strong and pumping efficiently.

In men, testosterone is needed for erection, ejaculation and fertility. A man will not be able to ‘stand to attention’ when oestrogens outweigh testosterone. The ratio is then one of high oestrogens low testosterone. This is not a good place to be. This is when the diseases of ageing start to take hold. In almost every case, in both women and men, disease start with a hormonal decline.

Testosterone replacement does not cause prostate cancer, this is a myth, there have been many studies done proving this. It is when levels decline that we see an increased risk of cancer and prostate problems.

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