Testosterone

Many people are familiar with testosterone as the male sex hormone, but it does more than just increase libido.  Testosterone is present in both men and women and is made in the male’s testes and the female’s ovaries.  Testosterone causes the growth of the male genitals and the deepening of the voice during puberty, but it also has other important function in the body:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Red blood cell production

Testosterone levels peak at adolescence and begin to decrease in level thereafter.  Decreasing testosterone levels occurs naturally, but when they are too low the following symptoms may occur.

  • Reduced Libido
  • Infertility
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Insomnia
  • Increased Body Fat
  • Decreased Muscle bulk
  • Reduced Strength
  • Decreased Bone Density
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Memory Issues

These symptoms occur in both men and women when testosterone levels are low.  Testosterone testing is very easy. Please contact our office if interested.

Resources:

Britannica. “Testosterone.” 2012. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/588805/testosterone

MayoClinic. “Testosterone Therapy.” 2012. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/testosterone-therapy/MC00030

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