How exercising can increase testosterone in men
Testosterone levels decline with age. The rate of decline may differ from one man to the other as it is dependent on several factors. These include age, obesity, health conditions and how fit one remains. Several studies show exercise is good for us and a few of them point to how you can increase and maintain your testosterone level, even with increasing age.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is basically a hormone that is produced by the human body, both male and female. But the level of production is higher in men and therefore, more commonly associated with them. It is primarily produced in the testicles in men. The many features of this production include building up of muscle and bone mass, stimulation of sperm production and aiding in a healthy male sex drive.
This important hormone is responsible for putting chest hair in men, and in all the developments during male puberty like deepening of the voice, building up muscles and strengthening bones. It is also responsible for boosting the size of the penis and testes, and leads to interest in sex as adulthood approaches.
With age, this rate of production declines. The normal range is around 300- 1000 ng/dL. For men in their 20s, this level ranges around 750 ng/dl or 26 nmol/L. When the levels fall below this range, one can experience a range of symptoms. If the levels are too low, then consulting a doctor and starting on medication is a good idea. Proper treatment can reverse these effects and lead to positive life experiences.
Testosterone deficiency affects many bodily functions negatively. Many of these are common ailments so often go unnoticed or are not associated with testosterone till it’s too late. But one should understand that this hormone deeply affects our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Another problematic symptom is hair loss, which in turn affects one’s appearance and self-confidence. Adequate testosterone levels should be ensured at all times in order to function properly.
Also called hypogonadism, Low T is often confused with general aging. So what are the symptoms of low testosterone levels?
1. Depression – Depression is a major symptom, and it is manifested in states of mind like sadness, despair, and hopelessness. Patients feel decreased ambition and extremely demotivated. Mood swings and irritability are common too. Patients often feel increased anger, easily impatient and agitated. People also suffer from brain fog and have memory problems.
2. Easy fatigue or lack of energy - Men with low T see a significant decrease in energy levels. Extreme fatigue and a tiredness dog their heels. If they have had a good 8 hours of sleep, they wake up feeling tired, achy and irritable. There is little motivation to work out or eat healthy too, compounding their health problems. Reduced stamina prevents them from functioning well in any aspect of their lives.
3. Reduced erectile function – Low T is one of the chief causes of erectile dysfunction. It stimulates the receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide, an essential element to achieving an erection. Not only does it prevent erection during sex, but it also leads to spontaneous erections. This can have a severe effect on one’s mental health. The refractory period also increases which means it takes more time for to have sex again.
4. Lower libido – Decline in sex drive with increasing age is common. Testosterone stimulates a male sex drive, and low levels can adversely affect one’s sex life. It also plays a major role in the production of semen, the fluid that aids in the motility of sperm. Low T will result in a decline of these levels too, increasing infertility issues and resulting in a man’s ability to sire a child.
5. Reduced bone and muscle mass and strength – Testosterone plays a big role in the building up of and strengthening of muscles. Men with low T can also experience thinning of bone mass (osteoporosis) and bone loss. Testosterone aids in the production and strengthening of both. Just trying to build muscle mass through weight training or simple strength training will not help, unless that is supplemented by a good medication or health supplement.
6. Pain and bone health deterioration – Low T has been associated with Osteoporosis development which means reduced bone mass/density leading to increased risk of fracture. Increasing back pain is also seen often in such cases.
7. Increase in body fat – Increase in body fat is another common symptom of low testosterone levels which is known to influence the way our body stores fat. This, in turn, leads to other risks like high cholesterol levels, heart ailments, and gynecomastia which mean the development of enlarged breasts in males.
The level of circulating testosterone is typically determined via a blood test known as serum testosterone level. The age at which this deficiency occur can vary. Typically, it happens during mid-life but there are no hard and fast rules.
As we can see, testosterone is often associated with manhood. It’s the symbol of the virile man. It is that, but also so much more. It’s a key hormone to help one stay in shape and in good health. You will not just pack in the perfect abs but enjoy a healthier life as well. Here are some of the risks associated with testosterone decline. If you have suffered from any of the above symptoms, look at the risks below and stop avoiding the problem. Act now.