It’s Not Just About Sex Drive – Here’s Why Testosterone is So Important to Men’s Health

Posted on: June 12, 2017

June is National Men’s Health Month, making spring the perfect time to remind men in our lives about the importance of prioritizing their personal health. A common concern for many men as they age is their testosterone levels lowering. Testosterone is an important hormone responsible for regulating a number of processes in the male body, including: muscle strength and mass, bone density, fat distribution, red blood cell production and yes, sex drive.

It’s natural for a man’s testosterone levels to decline with age, but lower than normal testosterone levels can cause symptoms ranging from lowered libido to depression. According to the American Urological Association, 4 in 10 men over the age of 45 suffer from low testosterone. The good news is lower T levels may be addressed through lifestyle changes (like diet and exercise), supplements, or testosterone replacement therapy.

There are several proven benefits associated with achieving optimal testosterone levels:

Decreased body fat – as testosterone levels decrease, so does the body’s ability to regulate insulin, glucose and fat metabolism. Fat, known as adipose tissue, then begins accumulating.

Greater muscle mass – testosterone is well known for increasing muscle protein synthesis or improving muscle size and strength.

Stronger bones – testosterone increases bone density by stimulating bone mineralization and decreasing the release of calcium from bone tissue into the bloodstream.

Increased libido – testosterone is most notably recognized as the sex hormone responsible for a man’s sex drive. When T levels drop below normal, a lowering of libido and erectile dysfunction can result.

Increased tolerance for risk taking – testosterone is strongly linked with a man’s willingness to take risks in pursuit of status and power.

Greater desire for dominance and power – testosterone is also responsible for inspiring men to strive for social status and helps fuel the desire to climb for success. #testosterone #antiaging #novuscenter


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