The function of testosterone in adverse conduct is mostly fiction. Furthermore, testosterone plays various additional roles in health and illness that you might not be aware of. Did you know, for example, that testosterone plays a significant role in prostate cancer? Or that testosterone is required by both males and women? So there's more to testosterone than poor behavior among men.
The Function of Testosterone
It is the primary sex hormone in men and is involved in a variety of functions, including:
- The growth of the penis and testicles
- The thickening of one's voice when one reaches puberty
- Size and strength of muscles
- Bone strength and growth
- Sex compulsion (libido)
- Production of sperm
The synthesis of testosterone in males is controlled by signals passed from the brain to the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. The testes then receive signals from the pituitary gland, which causes them to create testosterone.
The Dangers of Having Too Much Testosterone
It is not usual for guys to have too much naturally occurring testosterone. This may come as a surprise considering what many people see as signs of testosterone excess: road rage, father-son brawls at Little League games, and sexual promiscuity.
It's possible that some of this is related to the difficulties in defining "normal" testosterone levels and "normal" behavior. Testosterone levels in the blood fluctuate considerably over time, even within a single day. Furthermore, what appears to be a sign of testosterone excess may not be connected to this hormone at all?
The following are some of the issues connected with unusually high testosterone levels in men:
- Low sperm counts, testicular shrinkage, and impotence (seems strange, doesn't it?)
- Damage to the heart muscle and an increased risk of heart attack
- Urinary incontinence due to prostate enlargement
- Hepatitis is a disease of the liver.
- Swelling of the legs and feet due to fluid retention
- Weight gain may be due to an increase in hunger.
- Cholesterol and high blood pressure
There Isn't Enough Testosterone
Researchers (and pharmaceutical businesses) have been focusing on the implications of testosterone deprivation, particularly among males, in recent years. In reality, unlike the comparatively quick reduction in estrogen that causes menopause, testosterone levels drop very gradually as men age, roughly 1% to 2% every year. With aging, the testes generate less testosterone, the pituitary sends fewer signals to manufacture testosterone, and a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) rises. All of this lowers the amount of active (free) testosterone in the body. More than a third of males over 45 may have lower testosterone levels than what is considered normal.
The following are some of the signs and symptoms of testosterone insufficiency in adult men:
- Hair on the body and the face is decreasing.
- Muscle mass is lost.
- Impotence, undersized testicles, low sperm count, and infertility are all symptoms of low libido.
- Breast size has grown.
- Flashes of heat
- Irritability, inability to concentrate and depression are all symptoms of depression.
- Hair loss on the body
- Fractures are more likely in those who have brittle bones.