Today I analyze what are the effects of testosterone on the human body? There are many, and there is a lot of misguided information about this topic on the Internet. Since I like to look at things from both sides of the coin, I’ll also dive into what are the side effects of testosterone?
Testosterone Effects on the Human Body
As a highly important male hormone, testosterone starts being produced very early on in the male body. According to Healthline, it can start to become abundant in as little as seven weeks of a male baby being conceived. As the male body goes through puberty, the levels of testosterone start to rise, eventually hitting their climax late in the teen years before they start to become normalized and stagnant. When men start to get into their 30’s, it’s only a matter of time before the levels begin a gradual decrease each year there after.
The average male has an abundance of testosterone, but in some cases some men don’t have luck on their side and they produce too little of it. This is a condition called hypogonadism, which with a doctors prescription and observance can be treated with hormonal therapy. This is only something that should be done by men with too little testosterone, as the average male doesn’t need it.
The male reproductive system, bone density, muscle mass, and sexual performance are all affected by testosterone levels. It can influence behavioral traits, sperm production, and facial and body hair production.
Benefits of High Testosterone Levels
#1: Heart & Blood Health
Low testosterone levels have been linked to various cardiovascular risks, but on the bright side, when your levels are normal, you benefit from having a healthy heart, which as you probably know, has a huge influence on the rest of the body since it pumps blood everywhere. Your organs and muscles need oxygen to properly function, and healthy hearts accomplish this.
#2: Lean Body
Muscle mass is directly linked to testosterone, and when you are lean and mean, you essentially cut out fat, get to a manageable weight, and have more energy. The energy you’ll have when you get your testosterone levels under control will help you in the gym and in life.
#3: Bone Density
As we age, our bone density drops. Having a healthy level of testosterone can help you avoid having weak bones and worse, osteoporosis.
#4: Sharper Mind
Not to be confused with taking a nootropic supplement (you know, the pills made famous from the movie limitless), having testosterone leads to making quicker decisions and better, faster cognitive reasoning. High levels of testosterone also means there are less chances of Alzheimers, according to studies.
Perhaps my favorite part of being healthy is having a libido that runs like a well oiled machine. We’re all trying to avoid erectile dysfunction and “not being able to perform” at any age, and it’s no secret that testosterone effects libido more than anything!
People who fall into depression are often linked with low levels of testosterone, although studies do vary. What I can take away from personal experience is the fact that having more energy puts me in a better mood, and that’s not even close to being up for debate!
Testosterone Side Effects
It’s very important to know that I’ve found zero side effects of testosterone that is naturally produced or derived form natural supplements. Many people become confused when they see articles talking about the possible testosterone side effects and it’s important to know that the confusion starts and ends with testosterone therapy, aka injections.
Testosterone Therapy Side Effects
I first started down this expensive, sometimes taxing and misguided path, for about a year. I did get a lean body and increased sex drive, but the cost coupled with the injections were enough to deter me, and then I started grasping the side effects of non-natural testosterone therapy. This is a short list of things that can happen to your body when you supplement it with therapy administered by a Doctor, or as I did, a Med Spa / Anti Aging Clinic.
- Sleep Apnea
- Skin reactions including acne
- Stimulation of growths on the prostate (cancerous and non-cancerous)
- Enlarging breasts (although many people supplement this with estrogen blockers)
- Shrunken testicles
- Limited sperm production
- Risk of blood clot due to red blood cell production
- Limited research shows that testosterone therapy can make you more of a risk for heart disease
These are all some pretty hard core side effects, enough so that I totally ditched the injections and expensive therapy and chose to set out on a quest to boost testosterone in other, more natural ways.
As always, ask your Doctor before starting any new regimen or supplement plan. You’ll most likely hear that unless you are at very limited levels of testosterone and your body can’t produce more, that you should look for a more natural way to boost it, including weight loss, gaining lean muscle, and doing more overall exercise. Personally, I chose to do all of the mentioned things, eat foods that were more focused on testosterone and performance, and of course, selected TestoFuel pills to take sort of like a multivitamin as a little extra kick.