The hormone testosterone is present in the body of both men and women. It is found both in humans and animals. In men, it is mainly synthesized in the testicles, in women – in the ovaries, but in a much smaller amount. Its production begins to increase significantly in the adolescent period and gradually decreases after the age of 30.
Testosterone is most often associated with sexual attraction (libido) and plays a vital role in sperm production. But it also affects the bone and muscle systems, the type of distribution of fatty deposits, their localization and even the synthesis of red blood cells (erythrocytes). The mood also depends on the level of this hormone in the body. Here is an answer on how to get prescribed testosterone: www.hgha.com/testosterone-prescription/.
Signs of a Low Testosterone Level in the Body
Check if you have one or several of the following symptoms as they can be the signs that you need hormone treatment:
- Low libido
- Loss of energy (reduced body tone)
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Low self-esteem
- Hair loss on the body
- Thinning of bones
While with age there is a natural decrease in testosterone production, other factors or diseases can accelerate this process. Injury of testicles, treatment of cancer with the use of chemotherapy and irradiation can adversely affect the synthesis of this hormone. Stress can also have a negative effect as well as such chronic diseases as:
- HIV infection
- Kidney disease
- Cirrhosis of the liver
Testing the Testosterone Level
The blood test allows you to determine the level of this hormone. There is a wide range of “normal” or healthy hormones’ levels circulating in the bloodstream. The normal testosterone range for adult males is from 250 to 1100 ng/dl and from 8 to 60 ng/dl for adult females.
An unusually low level of testosterone in young people can be a sign of pituitary problems and lead to a delay in puberty. Moderately elevated levels lead to marked symptoms: men may enter premature puberty, and women will have male features. Abnormally high levels may result in a disorder in the adrenal gland or be a symptom of testicular cancer.
Proper Diet as the Supplementary Care
For your diet, zinc and vitamin D are especially important. Thus, consider including the products rich in these components as their use in food contributes to longevity and an increase in the synthesis of testosterone:
– Tuna: a natural way of enhancing the synthesis of testosterone and providing you with the necessary daily dose of vitamin D (if you are not a tuna lover, you can choose salmon or sardines);
– Milk low in fat with vitamin D: an excellent source of protein and calcium for our body which helps to synthesize the necessary hormones;
– Egg yolks: if your cholesterol level does not go beyond the normal range, you can safely consume one egg a day;
– Flakes, enriched with vitamins.
Consider also eating oysters, mollusks, beef, and beans. Thus, a prescribed treatment together with a variety of nutrition helps our body to function correctly and efficiently.