Testosterone is the most critical hormone involved in the human sex drive – in both men and women. It takes credit for your sex drive – or lack of – as the case may be.
A product of DHEA and progesterone, testosterone also supports your bones and muscles, as well as your cardiovascular system.
Wow – what a busy hormone.
At puberty and throughout the reproductive years, approximately 20 times more testosterone is produced in males than in females. Through childhood development and male puberty, testosterone along with DHT (dihydrotestosterone) are responsible for the development of secondary male sexual characteristics such as:
- Increased muscle and bone mass
- Hair growth
- Sperm production
- Genital size
- Male behavior
When Testosterone Declines
Testosterone levels reach their peak in 20 to 30 year old males, and decline with each passing decade. In men, low testosterone levels have been linked to:
* Decreased sex drive
* Abnormal breast enlargement
* Lowered motivation
* Weight gain
* Decreased body hair
* Shrinking of the testes
* Thinning of the skin with increased wrinkle development
* Decreased muscle size and strength
* Increased risk for osteoporosis and prostate cancer
Testosterone In Women
Testosterone is the most important hormone for maintaining a sex drive in women, and a deficiency can cause impaired sexual function. In females, testosterone is needed for:
- Proper musculoskeletal development
- General metabolic activity
Testosterone decreases with age in both men and women, and supplementation has been used successfully for the treatment of some post-menopausal symptoms such as:
* Lack of libido
* Muscle weakness
Testosterone has been shown to cause a gain in lean body mass and a possible decline in bone loss as you age.
Hey, who turns that down?
Before you start supplementing with hormones, I highly recommend having a hair analysis done to see what your hormone nutrient levels currently are, and I recommend working with an alternative health practitioner to monitor additional supplementation.
You want to be careful when you mess with your hormones. They are important in your life.
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