Testosterone for Men
Testosterone functions in numerous ways to promote maximal fitness and health in men. It is an anabolic or building hormone which increases muscle strength and lean body mass, decreases abdominal fat, stimulates new bone formation, strengthens the heart and blood vessels, lowers total cholesterol and blood sugar, raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, improves tissue oxygenation, and improves the health of a non-cancerous prostate gland. Testosterone is critical for optimal brain function because it strengthens mental sharpness, concentration, and memory. It enhances energy and promotes a feeling of contentment.
Testosterone increases sexual desire, improves erections and is a natural antidepressant. Testosterone level in males peaks at age 25 and declines 1% to 2% per year thereafter. As men age, testosterone can be further diminished by conversion to estrogen and by the increased production of sex binding globulins which bind testosterone making it unusable. Loss of testosterone in males can increase the chances of atherosclerosis and heart attacks, obesity, fatigue, depression, Alzheimer’s dementia osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Testosterone for Women
Testosterone is often called the “hormone of desire” because of its effect on enhancing female libido and sexual response. Production of testosterone in women decreases with age and by age 40, women produce about half as much testosterone as they did at age 20. Because testosterone is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and brain, deficiencies may result from damage to any of these areas. For example, surgical removal of the ovaries or adrenal glands, adrenal disease, pituitary disease, chemotherapy or use of high-dose steroids can all decrease testosterone levels. In addition, childbirth, endometriosis, substance abuse, antidepressants, and birth control pills can decrease testosterone.
Testosterone has many important functions besides its effect on sex drive. It is also important for building strong muscles and bones, maintaining stamina, and overall sense of well-being. It helps to combat wrinkles, sagging skin, muscular atrophy, and decreases body fat. It also combats cardiovascular disease by decreasing cholesterol and increasing HDL, and it helps prevent osteoporosis by increasing bone density and improving calcium retention. Testosterone is a memory enhancer and may protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency include: loss of sensitivity in the genitalia and nipples, vaginal dryness, lack of energy and motivation, lack of libido, loss of muscle tone, leaky bladder, weight gain and depression. A small amount of testosterone added to the Bioidentical hormone replacement regimen, may help revive a sagging sex life and make a noticeable difference in a woman’s overall quality of life.