Testosterone might help with depression.
If you have been struggling with depression, low testosterone levels may be to blame. Studies have shown that depression is often caused by low testosterone levels.
Although scientists aren’t able to determine if low testosterone causes depression, or if low testosterone causes depression, preliminary research shows that depression sufferers report improvements in their moods after receiving doctor-directed testosterone treatment.
Being an Eeyore myself, I can confirm that I felt more optimistic and heartfelt during my experiment. Kate noticed that I was happier and less moody.
Body fat is decreased by Testosterone
The regulation of insulin, glucose, and fat metabolism is a key role played by testosterone that naturally increases testosterone. Our body’s ability to regulate insulin, glucose and fat metabolism declines as our T levels drop.
This causes adipose to increase. T levels decrease, which causes our body’s ability to regulate insulin, glucose, and fat metabolism to decline. This can cause adipose tissues
This negative feedback loop could explain why obese men have lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels. Research has shown you can break this vicious circle of low testosterone and high body fat by increasing your testosterone levels. This will create a positive cycle of fat loss as well as increased T levels.
I am happy to report that my three-month testosterone experiment resulted in a decrease in body fat. I began the experiment with 18% body fat and ended it with 12%. I’m close to a six-pack.
This is the heaviest I have ever been. It’s funny because I didn’t want to lose body fat. It just happened. All hail, powerful testosterone!
Testosterone can increase muscle mass.
We all know that testosterone can increase strength and muscle mass. It is responsible for muscle building by increasing muscle protein synthesizing.
During my experiment, I noticed a significant increase in muscle mass. My weight did not change, even though I lost six percent body fat over three months. I started the experiment at 185 pounds and ended it at 185.
Muscle replaced the body fat that I lost. It was great to hear Kate’s reaction to my taking off my shirt to go into the shower. “Whoa! “Your muscles are getting huge!”
The added muscle mass also meant that I became stronger. My deadlift, bench press, and squat all saw significant improvements during my experiment.
It was great to be able to bench press 225lbs again for 5 sets like I did in high school. I also plan to beat the maxes I set 12 years ago on the bench and squat.
Your heart might be strengthened by Testosterone
There is a split in research on the relationship between testosterone and heart health. Scientists have discovered that testosterone levels in men are linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease.
However, recent research has shown that T levels below normal can increase the risk of developing heart problems. Although the research is ongoing, many doctors believe that optimal testosterone levels can prevent cardiovascular disease.
It’s not the testosterone hormone that makes your heart stronger, but the multitude of health benefits that optimal testosterone levels bring.
Testosterone helps strengthen bones
Low testosterone levels could be the reason. This hormone has been shown to have an important role in bone health. Increases bone density by stimulating bone mineralization and decreases bone loss.
Low testosterone levels are common in older men with osteoporosis. You can improve your testosterone levels to have strong and healthy bones long into old age.
Testosterone improves erections and increases libido.
Low testosterone is a sex hormone. It’s no surprise that low levels of libido or erectile dysfunction are the two most common signs of low testosterone that men notice. Low testosterone could be the reason you have a decreased interest in sex.
People would always ask me, in quiet tones, if I had done an experiment to increase testosterone. I honestly didn’t notice much difference. Before the experiment, I had a strong and healthy sex life and it continued afterward.
Although I may have been a little more wild than usual, it was not a significant difference. If you were suffering from low testosterone for a while and tried to raise it, I would expect you to see improvements in your bedroom.
Testosterone could decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
There have been several studies that link low testosterone levels with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong studied 153 Chinese men recruited from community centers in 2010.
They were 55 and over, lived in the community, had no dementia, and were at least 55 years old. 47 of those men had mild cognitive impairment, or memory loss and clear thinking.
Ten men in the cognitively impaired group were diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s disease within a year. The testosterone levels in these men were also low.
This is not the only study. Researchers from the University of Southern California reported that raising testosterone levels in Alzheimer’s patients slows down the disease’s progression.
Scientists have concluded that maintaining the optimal levels of testosterone in old age could help avoid Alzheimer’s in humans.
Cognitive ability may be improved by testosterone
Studies have shown that there is an association between testosterone levels, Alzheimer’s, and cognitive function, especially in older men. A Dutch study found that T levels were directly related to cognitive function.
Other studies found a linear relationship between T levels and memory loss. Many researchers believe that testosterone is responsible for preventing brain tissue from deteriorating in older men.
Low testosterone is linked to cognition, which explains why low T symptoms in men include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and “fogginess”.
Although studies don’t show a correlation between testosterone levels and cognitive abilities in young men (although there have been some), it shouldn’t stop young guys from trying to reach optimal levels.
To reap the benefits of testosterone-healthy lifestyles in later years, it is important to start establishing them NOW.
Testosterone could increase your competitiveness.
Men have a reputation for being competitive and testosterone may be responsible. Dabbs & Dabbs2000 link testosterone to a man’s desire to be powerful and well-known.
Before a fight or competition, testosterone levels rise. This can have effects on muscle mass, hemoglobin, speed, visual acuity, endurance, and indomitability.
It can also increase your “gameness” A study found that testosterone levels after losing a game could predict whether he will get back in for round 2.
The likelihood of men playing again was lower for those who suffered a significant drop in testosterone levels. However, they were more likely to do so if there was no or little drop in T levels.
This observation led researchers to conclude that T is a factor driving men’s competitiveness.
Testosterone enhances dominance and the desire to be in power
Numerous studies have shown that testosterone is linked to dominance. T is a motivator for men to improve and maintain their social status.
While dominance may be bad if it leads to criminal behavior, it is also what drives men to climb for success. It motivates them to resist oppression, buck authority, and maybe even help them get along with the ladies.
Testosterone can help you win a woman.
Higher testosterone levels have been associated with male dominance in the fight for mates. A new study found that this holds true for male human beings.
A pair of male undergraduates were asked to compete to win the affection of a female student.
The testosterone levels of their pre-competition were positively correlated with the men’s assertiveness and ability to control the conversation.
There is some truth to the notion that men with swagger win the girl. This self-assurance may partly be due to T.
Testosterone raises risk tolerance.
There is a strong correlation between testosterone and one’s willingness or inability to take risks.
Studies have shown that men who are low in power and status but have high levels T are more likely to take chances to achieve power and status. Men with high T are more likely to take risks because they want to keep what they have.
Higher levels of testosterone (men and women) in college graduates are more likely to choose riskier career paths. Another study found that financial traders’ morning levels of testosterone accurately predicted their day’s profitability.
Higher levels of T mean they are more likely to take big risks and make big profits.
In relation to the previous point about competition, studies have shown that testosterone levels do not increase before a fight but also after each win.
This gives the winner a higher chance of winning the next round and the next one after that. Even against equally matched opponents, this is called the “winner-effect”.
John Coates, author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Risk Taking and Gut Feelings, and The Biology of Boom and Bust explains how this works.
Coates warns that this positive feedback loop can have a negative effect on testosterone levels. It can cause overconfidence and poor decision-making. Coates observed that animals can become risk-averse when this happens.
Some commentators attributed the 2008 financial crisis to the male-dominated industry. They argued that men take too much risk and that women would be able to manage the economy better and make it more stable.
Although risk-taking has inherent risks, it is also responsible for the majority of society’s advancement and innovation since the beginning of time. Without testosterone-driven risk-taking, financial markets wouldn’t exist.