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what men need to know about testosterone

Testosterone is the male hormone that is generated in the reproductive system. Women have it, just as men do, but the testosterone androgen levels generated by men are far higher. The ratio of free testosterone to total testosterone has been identified as one of the factors influencing the number of hormone production balances or imbalances that may exist in your body. The amounts produced can have a significant physical and mental impact on you. Learn what these are and what the impacts seem to be in proportion to the amounts generated.

Free Testosterone Versus Total Testosterone

The quantity of unbound testosterone accessible is just two to three percent, which is referred to as free testosterone. They improve men's body functioning and development. If men discover that they have erectile dysfunction, which is influenced by the concentration of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), or any other problems caused by their testosterone levels, they may choose for a free and total test. Men over the age of 35 are typically recommended to evaluate their ratio balance as a health action plan.

The quantity of testosterone generated is high, and it is known that the majority of it goes towards proteins, sex hormone-binding globulin, or albumin. Albumin, like the SHBG protein, is a protein present in the blood that is generated by the liver. When testosterone binds to any of these proteins, they control the flow and concentration of this hormone. Although the albumin makes the hormone inactive.

The overall androgens refer to the total amount of testosterone levels in men. According to research, there might be problems with total test measurement. This is attributable to the fact that readings on the ratio of free to total measures might be misleading. Obesity, old age, and other health concerns that you can discuss with a medical practitioner could all have an impact on this. It is typically recommended to take both the free and total tests rather than just one of them.

High Levels Of Testosterone 

When testosterone levels are too high, it might cause problems. This can happen if you start using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, although it is less common than hypogonadism. It has the potential to affect your emotions as well as your physical appearance. A blood level of 1000 ng/dL or above is deemed abnormal. Increased levels are associated with the following:

  • Low fertility but high sexual libido
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Acne
  • Aggression and mood swings
  • Increased muscles
  • Weight gain and high blood pressure
  • Cholesterol and risk of blood clots   

Low Levels Of Testosterone

Hypogonadism occurs when the hormones fall to dangerously low levels. The medical problems that begin to emerge can have a major impact on you. The symptoms begin to appear at blood levels of 350 ng/dL and below. A lack of testosterone has a variety of harmful consequences. It is suggested that testosterone therapy be used if you believe it is necessary, but it is not recommended for men who have cancer or other conditions that your doctor has informed you about. The following are some of the mental and physical symptoms:

  • Low libido
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased fertility 
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Depression

Testosterone levels are important for men because they help regulate many different aspects of your health. The first step to managing low testosterone levels is understanding what the symptoms are and then looking into treatment options that might be available. If you think about your health in general, it will make sense to get regular checkups with your doctor who can monitor your hormone balance over time. You should also talk to a knowledgeable physician if you have any questions or concerns about how testosterone affects other parts of your body like bone density, libido, moods, memory function, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate enlargement, depression and more. 

These are all men's health issues that can be challenging for men to talk about openly. However, it is essential that we look at our health honestly and seek help when we need it.

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