Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Men and Women can Benefit from Testosterone!

By Anju Mathur, MD


Hormone replacement therapy, where declining levels of hormones are replaced by supplements of these hormones, is benefiting millions of people. They find it makes life less stressful, supplies more energy to get things done and even decreases wrinkles, improves muscle tone and can help manage type 2 diabetes.

Warning Signs

Do these symptoms dog your life?

Reduced libido

Inability to maintain the function of male organs

Tiredness

Difficulty remembering

Sadness, gloominess and nervousness

More chance of coronary disease

Wasted muscles

Too much weight gain

Lowered levels of Testosterone can cause these things. In men testosterone, or androgen, aids the development of secondary male characteristics such as thicker facial hair (beards) and thicker hair on other parts of the body and causes the male voice to change in the teenage years. It also causes a male body to develop muscle and to grow into the shape of an adult male. Most testosterone is manufactured in male glands, but a smaller amount is produced in female glands. Some is also manufactured in adrenal glands.

Benefits:

Plentiful Testosterone

Creates muscle without fat

Improves libido

Improves mood and memory

Lessens cholesterol

Improves energy

Lessens risk of coronary disease

This hormone is responsible for the normal growth and development of male sex organs, and the maintenance of secondary male characteristics. Without enough of it, you can feel anxious, depressed, become intellectually muddled, and develop a low libido. Also, low levels of testosterone may result in a decline in muscle mass and strength, and an increase in upper body and abdominal fat.

Testosterone increases as a male grows, reaching peak level at about age 40. After that, the level goes down gradually. Although most of this hormone is attached to a particular protein in the blood, there can be "free" testosterone that is not attached. Some physical conditions increase that particular protein - such as obesity or hyperthyroidism (a condition where there is not enough thyroid hormone). When these conditions exist, medical tests are often done to measure the level of the protein, thus the levels of testosterone. These tests are most often performed only at large medical facilities.

About 33% - 45% of men with type 2 diabetes have low testosterone levels, so if you are a man with this disease, you might also have low testosterone..

Female Testosterone

A woman's body also produces a low level of testosterone, which balances her hormones and keeps the glandular functions working well. It is necessary for energy and keeping a person young, as well as adding productive years to the later part of one's life. Testosterone is not only a male hormone.

As well as creating a rise in energy level, testosterone in women can improve depressed feelings and even assist with bone density as well as giving one a brighter outlook on life and bringing one to a frame of mind to tackle the tasks of life. It has also been attributed to increasing libido and helping with blood flow to female organs. A woman's body produces testosterone and a man's body produces some estrogen, and this is normal, although the levels of each are lower. As women get older, many decide to supplement their dwindling hormones with estrogen and testosterone, which can greatly improve quality of life.




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