Testosterone is a male sex hormone which is responsible for male development and male sexual functions. When a male is in puberty, testosterone enables the growth of facial hair, strengthening of muscles and the development of a deeper voice; testosterone facilitates the production of sperm. As a man ages, the levels of testosterone in the body begin to drop
However, there is a condition called testosterone deficiency (TD) and this may be accompanied by a variety of symptoms, listed below:
If a man is suffering from TD it is more than likely to impact on his ability to perform sexually which is likely to affect him psychologically as well as put pressure on his relationship.
We are now going to look at how boosting testosterone levels may help improve quality of life for a TD sufferer
It is advisable to have testosterone levels tested before embarking of testosterone replacement therapy or any other methods of boosting testosterone. This is important because many of the symptoms of testosterone deficiency can be as a result of other issues. For instance, loss of muscle mass, lethargy and obesity could be as a result of being inactive and not exercising sufficiently. Reduced body and facial hair could be related to a form of alopecia and depression can have a multitude of causes including lack of libido and erectile dysfunction.
Low testosterone levels do not automatically produce problems with sexual activity but it is necessary to consult with a GP in order that the condition and associated problems can be discussed as well as ensuring that the testosterone levels in the blood are actually at a diminished level
There are several types of testosterone replacement therapy:
There has been a large supplement industry that has grown out of mens’ desire to perform better both physically and sexually. There are thousands of supplements claiming to be the elixir of youth and power but how effective are they? There is a small amount of evidence that supplements may deliver some of what they promise but results are variable. The bottom line is that the only real way to be sure that testosterone levels are being boosted is to contact a doctor and begin testosterone replacement therapy
There are some alternative approaches which may help boost testosterone levels. We can look at diet to ensure that we are eating all the correct ‘building blocks’ required to product hormones, in particular testosterone.
These foods include the following:
There are other lifestyle changes that can be considered that may help boost testosterone:
There may be some unpleasant and even dangerous side effects to increasing levels of testosterone in a person, in particular when a person does not have a reduced testosterone level.
If you are boosting testosterone levels because you are suffering problems in the bedroom, beware! One of the side effects of boosting testosterone is reduced libido; it can also cause infertility and testicular atrophy (wasting of the testicles)
It can also increase levels of aggression and enlargement of the prostate gland. If you happen to be particularly proud of your appearance beware; Increased testosterone levels can also lead to acne, male breast enlargement and hair loss!
Talk to your doctor to establish what you want to achieve and how you would like to do it. Also discuss the matter with your partner as, at the end of the day, they need to be part of the process
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