Before we jump in, you may be wondering what exactly testosterone is. Testosterone is defined as a hormone that is originated mainly in testicles and ovaries/adrenal glands. The hormone is vital for the development of masculine-like features, such as the ability to have a deeper voice, facial hair, stronger bones and muscles, an improvement in one’s mood, memory, focus, etc. Additionally, keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal for a man’s testosterone levels to lower as he ages; in fact it’s very common. So, what exactly are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?
Mood: While an individual’s resulted mood after the replacement therapy obviously varies between individuals, lower testosterone levels are generally associated with a reduced quality of life. If you are suffering from low testosterone levels, you may notice yourself experiencing a lack of energy, frustration, and/or depression. However, you do not have to worry about this as long as your testosterone levels are naturally and properly decreasing as you age.
Improved memory: With the proper amount of testosterone for your body, you will be able to think more clearly and quickly. Your spatial reasoning and ability to focus as well as retain information efficiently will be at its best unless your testosterone levels are low. If you are low on the hormone, you run the risk of memory loss and the ability to process thoughts and think on your feet. According to Healthline, “Research shows that men with higher ratios of total testosterone have a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.” Furthermore, Healthline also shares that “Testosterone treatment for men 34 to 70 years old has shown an improvement in spatial memory.”
Yep, there are even more advantages!
Healthy heart and blood flow: This specific benefit is probably one of the most important ones to the majority of us. Having a healthy heart is so important because it provides oxygen to our organs and muscles in order to energize us and give us the ability to participate in otherwise challenging activities. Lower testosterone levels increase the chances of heart problems.
Stronger bones and muscles: Your bone density is highly determined by your testosterone levels. As men age, your bones get weaker as your testosterone naturally drops; this particularly can disrupt and potentially hinder athletic and fitness performance. Strong bones promote more energy and ultimately enhance your day-to-day active lifestyle.
Lastly, testosterone is necessary for an elevated muscle mass. This helps you maintain energy and a healthier weight. According to Healthline, “For men with low testosterone, studies [show] that treatment can decrease fat mass and increase muscle size and strength. Some men reported a change in lean body mass but no increase in strength.” Due to this, it is recommended to also exercise and train in addition to undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (if it’s the right fit for you, of course -- don’t forget that we still need to discuss the risks of the therapy).
Lastly, every procedure comes with some disadvantages or possible risks. Remember to always do your own thorough research before going through with any procedure. Always consult with a trusted medical professional prior to any testosterone replacement therapy.