Why Testosterone Is so Important to Men's Health

Why Testosterone Is so Important to Men's Health

Although testosterone is known for its role in fueling a man’s sex drive, it also supports and regulates many processes related to your general health. In addition to initiating the physical changes that happen to males at puberty, testosterone supports the body’s ability to maintain normal physical, mental, and emotional functions. 

Testosterone levels vary throughout your lifetime, typically peaking at around age 20. By age 30, levels of this hormone begin to decline at a rate of up to 1% every year for the rest of your life. For about 40% of men age 45 and older, naturally decreasing levels result in a condition called low testosterone, or low T. 

Since testosterone impacts so many aspects of your well-being, low levels can trigger a range of symptoms related to physical and emotional health. If you have low T, testosterone therapy that consists of either synthetic or bioidentical hormones can help you restore adequate testosterone levels and enjoy the health benefits that this hormone provides.

The testosterone therapy specialists at Ovation Wellness in Madison, Mississippi, can determine whether you’re experiencing low testosterone levels with a simple blood test. Our providers can help improve your quality of life with treatments for low testosterone that can re-establish healthy levels of this important hormone. 

Understanding the ways that testosterone supports a man’s overall health highlights the importance of maintaining adequate testosterone levels throughout your lifetime.  Here are some ways that testosterone contributes to your well-being.

Supports normal sexual function

Testosterone helps support your normal sexual function by maintaining your ability to have satisfying sex. This includes an interest in sex and the ability to achieve and sustain an erection. 

From a physical perspective, testosterone stimulates receptors in your brain that trigger the chemical reactions that produce an erection. Low testosterone levels can prevent this process, causing erectile dysfunction. While it’s unclear how testosterone directly affects sex drive, having erectile dysfunction can impact your desire to have sex. 

Protects bone health

Testosterone contributes to bone gain and strength, which helps prevent the loss of bone density that occurs with age. Without adequate testosterone levels, your bones can become weak and brittle, increasing your risk of broken bones and bone diseases like osteoporosis.  

Prevents loss of muscle mass

Testosterone is associated with developing and maintaining the muscle mass associated with a male physique. Having more muscle can help control fat mass and increase energy. Men with low testosterone can often decrease fat mass and increase muscle size with testosterone treatment. 

Helps maintain a healthy weight

Testosterone helps you maintain a healthy weight by supporting the process that turns your food into energy, making it more difficult for you to add extra pounds. Normal testosterone levels that allow you to remain strong and energetic may also help keep you motivated to remain physically active, which can support a healthy weight.

As testosterone levels decline, gaining weight becomes easier. The health effects of being overweight or obese include a higher risk of many life-threatening diseases and conditions including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease.

Promotes improved mood

There is evidence that testosterone levels impact your state of mind, helping to maintain normal emotional health. Some of this may be associated with the improved physical and sexual health that you enjoy with normal testosterone levels. 

Low testosterone levels are considered a major source of mental health problems in men. The condition is associated with mood swings and feelings of depression, anger, and stress. 

Maintains cognitive function

There is evidence that testosterone may help maintain cognitive abilities related to verbal memory and processing speed. Declining levels of testosterone are associated with loss of cognitive ability, including the ability to perform visual-motor skills critical for coordination and activities of daily living. 

Learn more about the ways testosterone can impact your overall well-being. Call Ovation Wellness today to schedule a medical consultation.

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