There are many physiological and psychological benefits that come from having healthy testosterone levels. Many of these benefits are obvious, such as improving your sex drive, but others may not be as obvious.
As a disclaimer, not all men who undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) will experience the same benefits as others. Your doctor or one of our board-certified physicians at Low T St. Louis can help you understand what benefits your body is most likely to experience from testosterone therapy.
Testosterone decreases body fat
Adipose tissue is another name for body fat. Adipose tissue builds when your body cannot properly regulate insulin, glucose, and fat metabolism. As your testosterone levels decrease, your ability to regulate these three areas also diminishes. Increased adipose tissue also converts testosterone to estradiol (estrogen in men), which further decreases a man’s ability to maintain healthy levels of testosterone production.
If that sounds like a vicious cycle, it is! This is why obese men often have low levels of testosterone (NCBI) and elevated amounts of estradiol. (NCBI) However, research shows that intentional steps to increase testosterone levels is known to break this vicious cycle (NCBI).
Testosterone reinforces bone strength
Osteoporosis, or a weakening of the bones, is not just for women. Studies show that proper testosterone production strengthens bones and reduces bone resorption. There is a direct correlation between healthy testosterone levels and optimal bone strength. (NCBI)
Testosterone boosts your sex drive and improves erectile function
The most obvious benefit of healthy testosterone levels is improving your sex drive and erectile function. Two of the first signs of low testosterone are often decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction. (Endocrine Society) One of the first benefits experienced from testosterone replacement therapy is an improved sex life. If your stiffy is iffy, your T is probably on empty.
Other possible benefits of healthy testosterone production levels
There is conflicting research on some alleged benefits of improved testosterone production. We’ve clearly marked those alleged benefits by including the qualifier “may”. Here are a few potential benefits of healthy testosterone production:
- Testosterone may improve cardiovascular health.
- Testosterone may decrease risk of contracting Alzheimer’s.
- Testosterone may improve your mental concentration.
- Testosterone may diminish risk of depression.
These are just a few of the potential benefits of testosterone replacement therapy. If you’re concerned about your testosterone levels, Low T St. Louis is here to serve you. Our team created a FREE eBook available here for immediate download to help you learn more about the many benefits of testosterone. Several of our patients have benefited from using this resource as a conversation starter with their doctor or one of our staff physicians. Download your FREE eBook right now and schedule your next appointment at Low T St. Louis.