8 Parts of the Male Body Affected by Testosterone
Learn why you need healthy testosterone throughout your body
When most people think of testosterone, the first thing that comes to mind is sexuality. But the reality is, testosterone is about much more than sex. Men have testosterone receptors virtually all over their bodies, and without healthy testosterone you may lose much more than your sex drive.
Here are 8 parts of the body that need testosterone to function properly:
Brain: The brain plays a very important role in testosterone production. When the brain senses the body’s need for testosterone, the pituitary gland sends a message in the form of luteinizing hormone. This stimulates the production of testosterone in the testicles and, to a lesser extent, in the adrenal glands. As testosterone is produced, it circulates to the brain and can have a big effect on mood, memory, and self-confidence.
Blood: Blood not only provides the pathway for the brain’s messages about testosterone production to travel to the testicles but also allows testosterone to travel throughout the body once it has been produced. Testosterone helps to keep blood healthy by spurring bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
Reproductive System: Testosterone is at work in the male genitals before men are even born. At about 7 weeks after conception, testosterone begins to help form a fetus’s penis and testicles. At puberty, testosterone kicks into overdrive to help these organs mature. And in adulthood, testosterone plays a critical role in producing sperm, fueling sex drive, and facilitating healthy erections.
Heart: Healthy levels of testosterone are very good for the heart—in fact the heart has over double the concentration of testosterone than any other muscle.
Hair: At puberty, testosterone makes hair crop up all over the male body. And as testosterone declines with age, some of this hair—as well as hair on the head—may begin to be lost.
Muscle: Testosterone plays a vital role in the development and maintenance of muscle mass.
Fat: Men with healthy testosterone levels have better fat metabolism. Men with low testosterone see fewer results from exercise and are more likely to develop belly fat. Belly fat can worsen hormonal imbalance by causing estrogen conversion.
Bone: Women are not the only ones who can suffer from decreased bone strength as they age. This can also affect men as testosterone levels dip and stop encouraging healthy bone density.
Balance Your Hormones Now
Testosterone does an incredible amount of good work in the male body. If you allow your testosterone levels to decline, you’ll be missing out on much more than your sex drive. Act now to restore your hormones to a healthy, youthful balance and start enjoying all the benefits of testosterone again.