Testosterone and the Male Brain
New study creates important reminder that testosterone levels affect brain function
A group of European researchers recently made headlines when they presented the results of a study that seems to suggest very real differences in the structure of male and female brains.
The small study followed 18 individuals who were undergoing female to male sex changes. As part of the process, these individuals were given high doses of testosterone. The researchers used MRI analysis to compare the ratio of white to gray matter in the individuals’ brains before the testosterone treatment began, after 4 weeks of treatment, and after 4 months of treatment.
At the 4-week mark, changes in the brains of the individuals were already apparent. Gray matter (which mainly processes information) had decreased in two areas of the brain associated with language processing and comprehension. However, the white matter connecting these two areas had become stronger, perhaps to counterbalance the lost gray matter. The higher the individual’s blood testosterone levels, the more pronounced these effects appeared.
Could this testosterone-related change in brain structure explain why men and women seem to “think differently” and have different communication styles?
While experts disagree on what exactly the study means for gender concepts and equality of the sexes, one fact is clear: testosterone can physically change the brain. This is an extremely important reminder for anyone who would suggest that low T is just a normal part of aging that men shouldn’t worry about too much.
What Else Does Testosterone Do For Your Brain?
Testosterone can affect more than just the language centers of the brain that the recent study focused on. There are actually testosterone receptors throughout the brain, and healthy amounts of testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, and cortisol are essential for the proper function of neurotransmitters in the brain. When these hormones decline, memory and cognition are affected. This is exactly why men tend to suffer from memory problems, have trouble concentrating, or just feel less mentally sharp as they age.
Keeping Your Brain Healthy As You Age
The good news is that Renew Man™ can help fight memory loss that is caused by age-related hormone decline. We do this by restoring testosterone to a healthy level using safe and effective hormone replacement therapy. Most men begin noticing an improvement in their memory and mental clarity after just one week of treatment.
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