Monday, April 27, 2009

Testosterone: Not just for Men

Just as estrogen is typically associated with females, testosterone is typically associated with males. But just like estrogen, testosterone is present in the bodies of both sexes, and without it no one – male or female – would be in proper balance. Though men make more of the hormone than women do, and different amounts are needed, both sexes rely on testosterone for maintenance of a healthy libido, good bone density, and muscle mass. It helps facilitate circulation, increases energy levels, and assists the body in burning off fat.

It may surprise you to know that a testosterone deficiency actually hits women harder than men; this is because women have less of it to begin with, so that when the small amount they do have is lessened, the effects are felt more keenly. Regardless of sex, if you're deficient in testosterone – which can happen as the body ages – it can cause disruptive symptoms. For men, this can include erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive, fatigue, reduced strength, and an inability to concentrate. Women with low testosterone levels may experience a loss of not only libido, but motivation in general; fatigue; reduced muscle tone and an increase in body fat, osteoporosis, and even a higher risk for breast cancer.

The body's level of available testosterone can decrease as early as the 30s, so if you've dealt with any of the above mentioned symptoms, a check of your hormones just might shed some light on the problem.

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April 28, 2009 at 3:34 AM  

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