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Testosterone is the Hormone that Makes Life Worth Living

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) Can you remember a time when almost every moment of life felt new, joyous, full of energy and simply wonderful?  Can you remember the kiss of a breeze on your skin, or what it felt like when the love below started talking to you? If so, thank testosterone, the hormone that made it all possible.  If you want to feel that way again, all it takes is replacing testosterone to the levels you once had. In the process you will be underwriting your own good health for years to come. 

Testosterone is the primary steroid hormone of both males and females, and its loss is a drastic, life changing event that can only be remedied by its replacement.  Optimal levels of testosterone are essential for hormone balance and the homeostasis that signals vibrant health. Testosterone is the balancing hormone for the aggressive tendencies of estrogen, and without it breast cancer becomes a real possibility, as do many other degenerative diseases.  

Although healthy males produce about eight times the amount of testosterone that healthy females do, females are more sensitive to the hormone. Testosterone levels in men and women drop as they begin to age, but that drop is more pronounced in women, with testosterone loss beginning earlier and levels declining at a more precipitous rate.

The optimal range of functioning in humans that we refer to as homeostasis occurs within a relatively narrow range.  When any hormone falls outside of that range, there are consequences that occur at the cellular, organ and systems levels.

Testosterone brings humans into full living color

Testosterone is produced in the testes in males, and in the ovaries in females.  A small amount is also produced in the adrenal glands.

In both sexes testosterone provides motivation, assertiveness, a sense of power and control, feelings of well being, and enhanced drive. With adequate testosterone anything seems possible, and men and women are able to take risks and live their lives with enthusiasm and zest. Without adequate testosterone, we exist as if in black and white. It is testosterone that brings us into full living color.

Testosterone conveys powerful anti-aging effects for men and women, primarily because of its effects on muscles and bones.  Testosterone teams up with estrogen and progesterone to increase bone mineral density and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis. It strengthens all the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. 

Testosterone's ability to keep muscles toned extends to the heart, which is one of the largest muscles in the body.  Men are notorious for having heart attacks when their testosterone level gets low, and now researchers are finding that low testosterone is also behind the increase in heart attacks seen in middle aged women.

The fact that testosterone turns fat into toned muscle is what makes exercise workouts worthwhile.  Without adequate levels of testosterone you can spend hours at the gym without gaining hardly any benefit.


In addition to heart attacks, low levels of testosterone in women are associated with:

* Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
* Poor quality sleep/insomnia
* Chronic fatigue
* Weight gain/belly fat buildup
* Heightened awareness of pain
* Lipid dysregulation
* Constipation
* Mental and physical tension
* Obsessive and grinding thought patterns
* Lethargy and depression
* Irritability and anxiety
* Short term memory loss/difficulty thinking and finding words
* Hair loss
* Arthritis
* Difficulty balancing
* Loss of muscle tone and strength
* Loss of libido
* Loss of motivation and quality of life
* Sagging skin, wrinkles, loss of skin tone
* Dry skin and dry eyes
* Feeling cold when others are warm
* Loss of self-esteem
* Loss of sensitivity in the nipples
* Loss of pubic hair

Testosterone is a potent detoxifier that keeps the liver and blood vessels clean, and the skin supple and moist. It works with estrogen to promote the health of cerebral blood vessels.

Testosterone improves looks, figure, energy, outlook, enjoyment of living, mood, ability to handle stress, sex appeal and sexual fulfillment.  Testosterone improves clitoral and nipple sensitivity, libido, and the ease and quality of orgasms.  Whether you are a man or a woman, testosterone can bring back your ability to have an orgasm, one of the major signposts of good health.

Testosterone slips away unnoticed, at least at first

Females produce increased amounts of testosterone during most of what was once thought of as their prime reproductive years. Levels peak in their early twenties and as they decline, sex drive declines too. By the time a woman reaches menopause, she will have less than half of the testosterone she once had. She will also have lost elasticity in her vagina and vulva, and be experiencing painful intercourse, and a shrunken clitoris.

It is testosterone along with progesterone that balances the effects of estrogen, allowing women the full benefits of estrogen without the danger of breast or other hormone related cancers. The presence of optimal levels of all three hormones in perfect balance is why young women are almost always the picture of health.

When progesterone and testosterone levels decline, many women become estrogen dominant, a term that does not mean too much estrogen. Rather, estrogen dominance means estrogen is the dominant steroid hormone because levels of progesterone and testosterone have dwindled, and there is now nothing to balance its actions.  This is when the aging process gets into high gear and the door is opened to breast cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Testosterone is a powerful inhibitor of inflammation, the condition that many health gurus say is the opening salvo of the degenerative disease process. In addition to protecting the heart, testosterone lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol, and normalizes blood glucose levels.

Having trouble sleeping?

Remember what it was like to sleep like a rock when you were a kid?  That kind of sleep experience is lost when testosterone levels decline.  Difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, night sweats and hot flashes are signaling that you do not have optimal hormone levels and balance.  A good night's sleep is one of the first signs that you are on the mend when you restore your hormonal equilibrium. 

Do you know how critical a good night’s sleep is to your health?  Recently two different research teams have linked sleepless nights with early death and the initiation of diabetes. Interestingly, they define sleepless nights as less than six hours of sleep.

As with the other hormones, balance is the key when using bioidentical testosterone. Signs of too much testosterone in women are facial hair, coarsening body hair, acne, and aggression. If you experience any of these symptoms, it means your dose of is too high and needs to be adjusted.  Symptoms resolve quickly when this is done.

Want to learn more about testosterone and other hormones?  Many of the leading specialists in anti-aging have highly informative websites.  Here are some of the best:

See also:

Why Progesterone is Essential for Women and Men

It's Time to Stop Being Afraid of Hormones

Replacing Lost Hormones is the Greatest Gift You can Give Yourself

Understand the Great Importance of Hormones to Your Health

For more information:

About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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