Testosterone: Top 5 Benefits You Never Knew
We all know that testosterone is the key male sex hormone and that women also produce it, just in smaller amounts, but here are some health benefits you didn't realize and reasons why it is essential to keep testosterone levels up.
1) Endothelial regeneration: Endothelium is the largest organ in our body. It is the inside lining of our blood vessels. IN THE FACE OF LOW TESTOSTERONE THE ENDOTHELIUM DOES NOT REGENERATE leaving open patches the can lead to plaque and subsequent heart disease and stroke. Optimizing our testosterone stimulates the endothelium to regenerate and avoid the raw areas. Endothelial health is key to avoiding heart disease and stroke.
2) Insulin sensitivity: Testosterone has a direct effect on insulin, making it more sensitive and decreasing the incidence of Insulin Resistance. 70% of heart attacks victims have insulin resistance. We need insulin, but we need it to be highly effective at its job. Testosterone optimization results in highly functioning insulin and resolving insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.
3)Sleep: As we age our sleep quality continues to decline resulting in a decrease in quality and quantity of sleep. This leaves the average individual fatigued and underperforming during the day. Optimal testosterone levels improve sleep quality, allowing us to sleep through the night, leaving us refreshed and productive the next day.
4) Cholesterol control: Hypercholesterolemia is common in the aging population and correlates with dropping testosterone levels. To avoid relying on statins, we can optimize our testosterone levels and markedly decrease cholesterol levels, allowing us to avoid the increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
5) Bone Density: Osteoporosis occurs in both males and females as we age. Hip fractures are associated with a very significant 1 year mortality. By increasing our testosterone we can improve bone density and avoid one more deadly pitfall of the aging process.
When associated with exercise and a healthy nutrition program the results can be astounding and quality of life improved.