Testosterone and well-being
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It is what makes a man, a man. It helps males grow larger muscles, have facial and body hair and develop deep voices. Testosterone also fuels the libido, helps to produce sperm and contributes to functional erections.
Testosterone also directly affects bone density, metabolism of salts, maintains fluid balance, regulates red blood cells, cholesterol profiles and manages different functions of the brain including energy levels, moods, and cognitive functions. It is what keeps you feeling young and vital.
What is Andropause?
Testosterone is classified as a steroid hormone in the Androgen group. The decline of testosterone is known as Andropause, sometimes referred to as the male version of Menopause.
Beginning at 30, a man’s body makes less and less testosterone and around 40-55 the levels drop dramatically.
The most common complaint is low sexual desire or libido and any man that has erectile dysfunction should get his testosterone checked. The decline in testosterone can also make it more difficult to conceive a child.
Men may also start to have signs and symptoms of lower testosterone levels like lower energy, decreased muscle mass and bone density, and anemia. Low testosterone levels have also been associated with increased cardiovascular risk, mortality and increases in bad cholesterol.