The Importance of Testosterone
For men, testosterone is the most important hormone in the body. It is responsible for a variety of functions, including:
- Normal Reproduction
- Sexual Drives
- Sperm Production
- Fat Distribution
- Muscle Development
- Strong Bones
Testosterone production begins while still an infant and continues throughout life. However, as men get older, production can start to decline for various reasons. Testosterone levels are at their peak from puberty until around age 30. Afterwards, production levels off and should remain steady.
If the body is not producing sufficient levels of testosterone, there is a wide array of effects it has on the body, based upon the age of the individual. For instance, if boys are not producing proper levels, they can experience developmental problems during puberty.
For men, lower levels have been known to cause:
- Decreased Sexual Drive
- Damage to the Testes
- Lower Energy Levels
- Mood Swings
- Reduced Muscle Mass
- Problems Concentrating/Focusing
- Increased Risks of Stroke and Heart Disease
Too much testosterone is not healthy, either. When levels remain high, it can cause other problems; again, based upon the age of the individual.
Before starting any hormone or testosterone replacement therapy, if you are concerned your testosterone levels might be too low or too high, discuss this with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate form of treatment, like natural hormone replacement therapy, herbal supplements, and nutritional supplements. For help finding the right supplements to keep your testosterone levels balanced, contact Forrest Health at 408-354-4262 today.