7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Testosterone
It’s time to be honest, guys, there’s no evidence that there would be just one thing that would make “a real man”, but we’re pretty sure Testosterone plays a pretty big role. We heard all sorts of facts about Testosterone, the most common being that it is the hormone that makes a man’s body develop sperm, and is responsible for the capability to increase muscle mass faster and easier than women, all that body hair (whether you want it or not), and that bass boosted deep voice of some men. Enough talking, though! Let’s find out which are the 7 cool facts about testosterone.
1. Women who are in love have higher levels of Testosterone
A small italian study suggests that generally, during the first few months of a relationship, women have higher levels of testosterone than women who are single or who are in a long-term relationship. Apparently, for men goes the opposite. Men who are entering their first few months of a relationship usually have lower T levels than men who are flying solo, or dating a long time partner. The good news about these strange differences is that on the long term, they don’t usually last. When the researchers tested the study participants again one to two years later, the differences had disappeared.
2. Testosterone comes mostly from veggies, rather than meat
Some people refer to vegan or vegetarian diets as lady diets. “Real men eat meat – as much as possible” or at least, that’s what the food industry is advertising to us.
Well, we’re sorry we have to break it down to you, but apparently Popeye the sailor was right about getting super strong after eating spinach.
Vegan men tend to have higher testosterone levels than both vegetarians and meat eaters.
The secret is in the greens.
3. Testosterone is produced in the testicular area.
Some people call it the “Man area”, we’re just gonna be direct and get straight to the point. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles, and it regulates pretty much everything from facial hair, sex drive, sperm production, and muscle mass to bone density, fat distribution, and red blood cell production.
Normal testosterone levels for men are are situated at around 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter.
Some people though, tend to have problems fitting into those numbers, and that always comes with a cost.
4. Age doesn’t always matter
Of course, it is well know that the older you get, the lower your T levels are. Actually, the peak period for your testosterone is considered to be in the 20’s. After reaching the big 30, your T level are starting to drop at a rate of around 1.6% per year. But there is one small problem to this equation. It doesn’t account for the fact that, no matter age you have, you can still have low levels of testosterone. This might be due to some damage to your pituitary gland. So if you have the following symptoms, maybe it’s time to change your diet/lifestyle and go see a doctor.
5. Low Levels of Testosterone Affect You More Than You Know
Beyond the physical, low testosterone levels can cause significant health problems for men. These can be fatigue, difficulty to sleep, increased fat storage, low sexual appetite and in some cases even depression. Obesity, sleep apnea, and type-2 diabetes are also linked to low levels of testosterone.
In conclusion, low testosterone levels can greatly impact your life, not just your muscles.
6. Testosterone Does Not Cause Rage or Agressiveness
You might have heard about the “roid rage” – which according to popular knowledge is basically anger and iritability caused by high testosterone levels. However, new studies have actually busted that myth. While roid rage might be real, this is the sole result of using anabolic steroids and there is a huge difference between steroid use one hand hand, and naturally boosting testosterone levels through supplements, exercise and diet. In fact, men and women with low testosterone are more likely, as we just found out, to feel angry, depressed or low energy.
7. Women need it too!
The presence of testosterone boosts strength and decreases the levels of body fat. This applies to both men and women. Therefore, women with low testosterone levels (according to their normal) will not be able to bulk up no matter how hard they train. A higher testosterone level allows a female athlete to train longer and harder, become more leaner and gain muscle mass more easier.
Men, or women – testosterone plays a pretty big part in all of our lives. That’s why a well balanced diet and an active lifestyle greatly influence the way we look and feel.