Testosterone is one of those terms that everyone knows about, but doesn’t necessarily know what it is or what it does. We’ve all heard that testosterone helps men build muscle, deepens their voice, and contributes to their libido, but what else does testosterone do?
Testosterone affects men in almost every system of the body, including:
Let’s break this down a little. Here is an explanation of how testosterone affects men and what it is.
Testosterone is the key male sex hormone for the sexual and reproductive development of men. Its production and regulation are controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus through messages sent through the bloodstream to the male organ.
When men hit puberty, testosterone production increases—causing the voice to lower, more hair to grow, and libido to develop. However, testosterone does more than just cause physical and psychological changes at puberty. It also interacts with almost every system in the body and uses them to regulate and circulate throughout.
Testosterone begins affecting the male body at just seven weeks post-conception, when the male organ begins to form. As men grow, their body produces and regulates testosterone at a relatively low level until puberty, when production increases drastically. Throughout puberty, the male organ begins to increase its production of testosterone, and noticeable changes in demeanor and physique begin to take place.
Along with a deepening voice and increased body hair, the male libido becomes more active after puberty. This is why teens and young adult men often become “girl crazy.” Sexual activity also has an effect on the levels of testosterone in the male body. The more sexually active men are, the higher their testosterone levels will likely be. T levels will remain relatively consistent in most men until the age of 30, when levels begin to drop between one to two percent every year.
Testosterone is one of the many factors that play a role in muscular development and skeletal growth. The circulating testosterone puts the body in a process of building and maintaining large amounts of muscle. It also assists the male metabolism in burning fat. As a result, men with lower levels of testosterone tend to have a larger percentage of body fat than those with normal levels. Lowered levels of testosterone can make the male body increase its fat stores, causing conditions like gynecomastia.
Testosterone also sends signals to the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. By creating more red blood cells, the body is creating a system to increase bone density. Men with low testosterone are more prone to bone fractures or, in some cases, to lose inches from their height.
The endocrine system is the chemical messenger for hormones in the body. It consists of a group of glands that carry hormones throughout the body to help regulate sexual function, reproduction, metabolism, tissue function, growth and development, sleep, and mood. The endocrine system plays a huge role in the distribution of testosterone throughout the male body.
The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, regulates the amount of hormones coursing through the body and sends messages to the male organ to produce testosterone. The production of testosterone increases when men hit puberty and continues to produce testosterone until it begins to decline at around age 30.
The male body has a unique way of controlling and monitoring the level of testosterone in the body at one time. The brain’s hypothalamus sends a message through the release of hormones into the bloodstream to the pituitary gland. This message tells the pituitary gland exactly how much testosterone the body needs. Once the message is received, it’s passed along to the male organ, where testosterone is produced. Without the help of the other systems throughout the body, the endocrine system wouldn’t be able to ensure the male body is receiving all the testosterone it needs for development
Testosterone also can play a large role in male personalities. High levels of testosterone boost self-esteem and lead to a competitive nature. Similar to participating in sexual activity, competing can also contribute to the rise and fall of testosterone. Men who have low testosterone often feel they have lost their competitive edge and are depressed or lethargic.
The circulatory system plays a key role when it comes to regulating testosterone in the body. The bloodstream is the highway system for testosterone, allowing it to circulate. The pituitary gland in the brain tells the male sex organ to produce testosterone as needed throughout the day, and the circulatory system distributes it as needed.
The most common test for testosterone levels is a simple blood test. Because testosterone uses the bloodstream as its mode of transportation around the body, a blood test is the best way to measure the amount of testosterone being circulated. Conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and extra weight can affect the distribution of testosterone throughout the body, causing lower levels than normal. Fortunately, a blood test can detect any abnormal circulation.
Testosterone plays a key role in the development of the male body and uses almost every system of the body to produce, regulate, and circulate throughout the body. Men with low testosterone may see changes in other body systems due to the lower amount of distributed T. With testosterone treatment, men often feel more energetic, gain muscle mass, lose previously hard to shed weight, have increased stamina, and see a rise in their libido.
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