When people talk about men’s health, testosterone is always a topic of consideration. Testosterone is primarily a male hormone that helps a man develop physical characteristics and boost fertility. Testosterone levels are highest during teenage years and early twenties. With age, usually after 30 years, testosterone levels start to dip. Different factors could cause this decrease, such as bad lifestyle choices and dietary habits, besides age. Low testosterone levels could cause a plethora of problems, which includes balding, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and heart disease. Fortunately, testosterone levels can be increased naturally and with treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy.
To clearly understand how a loss of testosterone could cause different complications, it’s important to first learn the various biological processes that trigger the decline. With dropping testosterone levels, activities of specific enzymes, such as 5-alpha-reductase and aromatase, increase and those convert testosterone into different types of androgen — namely, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrogen. DHT mimics cellular proliferation within the prostate, causing the prostate gland to enlarge in the process. It also causes the hair follicles to enter a state of rest permanently. Increase your testosterone levels and you would inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and aromatase.
There are many basic things you could do to increase testosterone levels naturally without medical intervention. The most important thing is a balanced and healthy diet. Vegetables, fruits, and legumes increase testosterone naturally as they are lysine-rich.
Other dietary measures are DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supplementation, which also goes down with age as testosterone does. While DHEA doesn’t exhibit androgenic activity on its own, specific enzymes found in the muscles, skin, brain, and bone could do the DHEA-to-testosterone conversion. Also, there is proof that proper DHEA levels provide a protective cover against the manifestation of arteriosclerosis and diabetes type II, helping decrease serum triglycerides.
If you are a heavy beer drinker, consider taking it in moderation or cutting it out completely. Generally, the more you indulge in drinking, the tougher it becomes for your body to metabolize and detoxify things. This exertion on your body’s internal mechanism could cause testosterone levels to decrease. However, red wine could be beneficial. Resveratrol, a red grape-derived antioxidant, inhibits aromatase. Also, it mitigates free radical damage, improves insulin utilization, and boosts healthy vascular functioning.
In case the recommendations mentioned above do not boost your testosterone levels as you would have liked to, get talking with a physician and discuss the scope and efficacy of testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol to make hormone replacement possible. This therapy is administered in different ways. Besides oral pills, it could be administered through pellets, injections, topical gels, or as patches.