Testosterone is one of the steroid hormones released by your body’s endocrine system. Essentially a male hormone, Testosterone is also found in smaller quantities in females. While the testes secrete this hormone in males, it’s the ovaries that generate testosterone in females; the adrenal glands also generate small amounts of the steroid hormone. Testosterone is considered to be the main sex hormone and is an anabolic steroid by nature.
Why is Testosterone Important?
The levels of testosterone are controlled by the pituitary glands. Whenever the levels of testosterone become low, these glands secrete a hormone known as ‘luteinizing hormone’ (LH) to direct the testicles to generate more testosterone.
Testosterone levels are low in boys and keep increasing as a man grows older. Testosterone is responsible for developing deep voice, bigger muscles, making sperm and facial and body hair in men. The level of testosterone peaks during the early 40s and dips to its lowest as men grow older.
Since testosterone is a steroid and sex hormone, it plays a very important role in the good health and well-being of every man. It helps prevent osteoporosis, ensures a better sex drive, and keeps the brain, bones, muscle mass, vascular system, fat distribution, genital tissues, and energy levels to their optimal, ensuring good health in both men and women.
Andropause and Testosterone Imbalance
As the level of testosterone dips to an all time low men experience Andropause, which is a hormonal imbalance brought on in their body because of lowering testosterone levels. Much like women experience Menopause, it has now been found that men also experience Andropause that can create havoc in their life due to hormonal imbalances. One of the best ways to treat these imbalances is through Hormone replacement therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Hormonal Imbalance
• Weight gain, especially around the abdominal area
• Bone loss
• Hair loss
• Muscle tissue loss
• Wrinkling of skin
• Decreased libido
• Possible erectile dysfunction (ED)
• Hot flashes
• Aches and pains
• Poor memory
• Lower motivation level
Symptoms of Low Levels of Testosterone:
• Loss of energy
• Lower or no sex drive
• Bad Temper
• Loss of erections in the morning
• Loss of intensity of orgasms
• Joint pains
• Body stiffness
• Falling fitness levels
To determine your hormone level you might consider take a hormonal imbalance test.
Unfortunately, you are responsible for testosterone imbalance in your body. The hormone production in your body is dependent on your lifestyle, nature of diet, disposition, and day-to-day activities. Eating too much meat, or living a sedentary lifestyle, drinking and smoking excessively, or not having enough sex can all lead to testosterone imbalance and early andropause. In order to prevent this situation, it’s best that you make small but significant changes in your life starting from today. Eat a healthy, balanced, and nutritious diet, exercise on a regular basis, quite or control your drinking and smoking, and try to be happy.