5 Things you should know about testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the thyroid glands. It is mainly believed to be a manly hormone but it is also common in women. The testosterone hormone plays a vital role in the body of human beings and any low or excess production of it can cause serious harm. In men, testosterone is produced by the testis while in females it’s produced by the ovaries. For a healthy long life, you should know the science behind testosterone levels and the thyroid glands.

Below are some of the things you should know about testosterone:

  1. Controlled by a feedback loop. This is a way in which many glands stimulating hormones are controlled in the body. When the thyroid glands secrete high testosterone in the body, then there are motor nerves sends a message to the brain and back to stop the secretion of testosterone. This feedback loop is also true when there is low production. This ensures that the body has sufficient testosterone at all times.
  2. Muscle growth and repair. Testosterone plays a major and vital role in the muscle tissues. It ensures there proper growth and repair in case of damage. It also determines the muscle ability. One of the major signs of low testosterone in the body is fatigue from even light duties. Without the proper sufficient amount of testosterone level, then the body muscles develop to be weaker as you continue to age.
  3. Age and testosterone levels. Over the years, aging has been the blame for hypothyroidism. This is a low function of the thyroid glands to produce low levels of testosterone. Although this may seem as so, it is however wrong. The level of testosterone in the body increases gradually until puberty. The highest level is reached at puberty and from there, it gradually falls as one ages. This fall should be gradual and within the expected limits. Regular checks should be done to affirm and certify that the levels are adhered to.
  4. Testosterone levels and health. High or low production of testosterone in the body can be something that is very dangerous to your health. These, however, can be regulated by an artificial increase or decrease in the testosterone levels. The most common problem is hypothyroidism that has so many symptoms which include; fatigue, cold, sudden weight gain, depression, hair loss, low blood pressure, and low sex libido. Delayed treatment or mistreatment can lead to; stroke, heart attack, obesity, and complications during pregnancy.
  5. Measuring testosterone levels. It is important to always keep track of the testosterone levels in your body for health reasons. Measuring testosterone can be done individually using self-test method and can also be done in the lab. With self-test, you just record your temperature daily for seven days before eating anything and they add them up and divide by seven.  The temperature should be within 36 – 37 degree Celsius. In the lab, testosterone is determined from analysis of the blood, saliva or urine sample. This is a mandatory test for athletes before competitions.

The thyroid gland should be taken care of and properly maintained as it is very vital in the secretion of testosterone, a hormone that is so essential in our body and for our health in general.

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Neha Kava

National Registered Dietitian at NutriChoice4u.com
Neha Kava is a National Certified Registered Dietitian in India. She likes to share her knowledge about daily health, nutritition and diet tips. You can contact her on [email protected]

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