Testosterone is an important hormone for both men and women. Though it’s often associated with a man’s libido, strength, and stamina, both sexes require testosterone in order for their bodies to function properly.
Testosterone plays a huge part in a woman’s sexual energy as well as her physical strength. For men, testosterone stimulates and maintains sexual development while helping to support a man’s health all throughout his life.
For men, testosterone levels generally peak in early adulthood but continue to play an important role in helping the body function in some of the following ways:
- Bone and muscle mass and regeneration
- Production of red blood cells in particular
- Fat storage and metabolism in the body
- Sexual and physical health functions
In most cases, testosterone levels naturally begin to wear down after the age of 30. Drastic drops or a fall in production can easily lead to symptoms of low testosterone commonly known as “low T”. According to UCLA Health, an estimated 5 million American men have low testosterone levels that can lead to:
- Difficulty achieving an erection
- Increased body fat
- Decreased muscle strength and density
- Loss of body hair or baldness
- Swelling and tenderness of the chest areas
- Sleep disturbances
- Fatigue and muscular stress
- Depression and anxiety