Testosterone is a hormone produced in a man’s body, particularly the testes. This hormone helps a male baby in developing and forming his sex organs. Testosterone also greatly contributes in the physical development of boys during their puberty stage. This hormone is responsible in making a boy a man. It helps build bulky muscles, deepen the voice, and grow facial hair. In the adult stage, this male hormone is essential to men’s sexual function.
As men get older, testosterone levels in the body gradually declines. It is a normal process, as it is part of aging. The older men get, the lower the levels of testosterone drop. However, aging is not the only thing that could cause testosterone levels to go down. Injuries to the testicles, chemotherapy or radiation, HIV, and other serious illnesses especially involving the pituitary gland can also lower testosterone levels, and can even stop the testes from producing the hormone. Steroids can also trigger the decrease of testosterone in the body.
Low levels of testosterone can have serious effects on the body, and sometimes even lead to death, as shown in some studies. Some studies also show a strong linkage between obesity and low testosterone, which increases the probability of acquiring other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction, depression, and weakening of the bones that could possibly lead to osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis can have brittle bones, and makes them more at risk of getting an injury. Everyone should keep a healthy lifestyle to help the body maintain its normal levels of testosterone.
If your testosterone levels are low, based on your blood tests, your doctor may prescribe you the testosterone replacement therapy. However, testosterone replacement therapy is not recommended in patients with serious medical conditions such as prostate cancer, as testosterone aggravates the cancer. Testosterone replacement Sydney are available in different methods.
Most men choose to have the testosterone gel on their arms or shoulders, and other prefer to have the injections. Another method is the testosterone patch that slowly releases the hormone into the bloodstream through the skin. Testosterone pellets are also slow-releasing testosterone therapy that are implanted under the skin. Oral testosterone pills are also available for other patients.
For the past recent years, advertising and marketing of testosterone replacement therapy has been growing. Many drug companies have heavily marketed products that are made to boost and treat low testosterone. Many of these drugs and medications are not readily available over the counter of drugstores. Over the last decade, the number of men using testosterone therapy has increased dramatically, according to a study. However, it is of utmost importance to be tested first before taking testosterone therapy. If you are having low testosterone symptoms, go see your doctor, so that you will know whether you really need the treatment or not. Do not self-medicate.