Some Crucial Facts About Testosterone ( Plus A Few Myths Too )
Ok – you know that testosterone is important, what it is and how it’s made, but why exactly are high testosterone levels so important to maintaining optimal health? Well, that’s exactly what we’re looking at today.
While you’ve probably heard of a few of these testosterone facts before, we think there’ll be a few that surprise you, too. Here we go…
Testosterone Boosts Libido And Supports Powerful Erections
Let’s get the important one out of the way first. – And If you haven’t heard of this one well, quite frankly, where have you been?? Testosterone is a sex hormone, which is why erectile dysfunction and lack of sex drive are two the most common signs of low T levels.
Testosterone Decreases Body Fat
Testosterone plays a key part in regulating our insulin and glucose levels, as well as in fat metabolism. So as our T levels start to drop and the body struggles to regulate glucose and insulin (as well as metabolise fat), it’s unsurprising that fat cells begin to build up.
But there’s more – these fat cells also work to convert testosterone to estrogen, facilitating even greater loss of testosterone. Annoying, we know. This possibly explains why overweight and obese men tend to experience higher levels of estrogen and low T levels.
Testosterone Increases Muscle Mass
Testosterone is a super hero when it comes to increasing muscle mass and overall strength. This is because it increases the body’s muscle protein synthesis process, making it quicker and easier for the body to build quality lean muscle mass.
Testosterone May Fight Depression
Research has found a strong correlation between symptoms of depression and low testosterone levels. What’s more, introductory research has highlighted that testosterone treatments can actually help alleviate some symptoms of depression.
Testosterone May Increase Competitiveness
Testosterone is heavily linked to the desire to win and achieve power and status, which is why levels of the hormone tend to ramp up before competitive situation. This can have a range of effects including increased muscle mass, feelings of power, greater endurance, faster reactions and improved visual clarity. Research has shown that men who experience no drop in T levels are more likely to continue playing competitive sport, demonstrating the link between T levels and competitiveness.
Testosterone Increases Dominance
Numerous studies have found strong links between testosterone and the desire for dominance. While this can sometimes manifest itself in negative ways, it’s more likely to assert itself in motivation for success, both inside and outside of the workplace (and maybe with the ladies…)
Testosterone Helps You Attract The Opposite Sex
This is a big one that has been more or less been proved true by numerous clinical studies. A case in point? A recent study which saw men compete for a female showed that those who were assertive were most successful – a trait heavily linked with strong T levels.
Testosterone May Strengthen Your Heart
While the evidence isn’t conclusive, there’s fairly strong indicators that consistently high T levels can help prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease.
Testosterone Strengthens Bones
Testosterone has proven to play a key role in bone health and strength, increasing bone density by stimulating bone mineralisation and decreasing bone resorption. In fact, older men who suffer from osteoporosis tend to have low T levels.
Testosterone May Decrease Your Chances Of Alzheimer’s Disease
This is a bit of a surprising one, but numerous studies have spotted a correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and low testosterone levels, including a 2010 University of Hong Kong study.
Testosterone May Help Boost Your Brain Power
Testosterone has also been proven to support improved cognitive ability in older men. A Dutch study showed a direct relationship between T levels and strong brain function, and others have shown the potential to aid memory lost with testosterone supplementation. This is why many people believe that testosterone can actually prevent mind decay in elderly men, easing memory loss, brain fog and problems focusing.
While you might not be old yet, our advice is to start good habits now.
Testosterone Makes You Take Risks
This is an interesting one and is actually backed up by some solid clinical studies. This includes a study that concluded than men with low social status but high testosterone levels were much more prepared to take risks to gain status and power than those already in a better place, but with lower T levels.
So now we’ve established the key benefits of testosterone, let’s cut through the smoke and mirrors and bust several of the biggest myths surrounding this powerful hormone.
High Testosterone Can Make You See Red
Probably the most prevalent testosterone myth, the link between high T and anger actually has no evidence behind it. In fact, many researchers believe that it’s actually low testosterone levels that can cause anger issues, as low T is also linked to depression in men – of which anger is a key symptom.
So why is the myth so common? Probably because of the well-publicised association of testosterone use in anabolic steroids – after all, we’ve all heard of ‘roid rage’. Unfortunately, it’s just not true in reality.
High Testosterone Equals Anti-social Behavior
Aggression, bullying and other antisocial traits are all often linked to testosterone overload – especially when it comes to teenage boys. Studies in both adolescents and grown men, however, have shown no correlation between high testosterone levels and physical aggression and other anti-social behavior. In fact, clinical trials have proved quite the opposite, and have actually demonstrated pro-social qualities in men with higher T levels when it comes to scenarios like bargaining.
Testosterone Causes Prostate Cancer
This has been the common assertion among medical professionals since the 40s – but is actually based on just one case and one patient!
Luckily, modern research has since proven that there’s no link between high T levels and a heightened chance of developing prostate cancer. There’s just one aside here – if you already have prostate cancer, high T levels can compound the illness, so it’s best to tread carefully.
So there you have it – the facts and the fiction when it comes to Testosterone levels!