Episode 79. All About Testosterone
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Coach Scott Abel discusses testosterone, how it relates to your fitness goals and health, and some of the myths that surround it.
Facts about the master hormone Testosterone
Although testosterone is known to be a male hormone (as a sexual hormone), it is also present and has the same important functions and effects on women.
Testosterone is not just the sex hormone as is widely known, but is also involved in various lesser-known biological functions that affect the body physically, mentally, and somatically. In its natural form, it helps protect/prevent/reduce illness and deterioration in major organs like heart and brain, and strengthens other structures like muscles and bones.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Treatment) has shown to influence components of functional memory and often provides a better recovery rate. It aids the mood by reducing/preventing anxiety, depression, and excessive emotionality. Right amounts contribute to positive mood and disposition.
Middle-aged people just over their 40’s tend to show signs of low T, which affects the quality of life: “not great, not bad… just flat” as Scott points out. They often come barely noticeable as energy levels are affected, as well as virility and vitality.
A Quote from Doctor Morgentaler: “Sooner or later men will develop deficiency of testosterone because the tissues and feedback loops just get weaker or wear away. […] Low T is underecognized and undertreated… there’s no good reason to deprive men of a treatment that can help them regain their mojo.”
According to Scott, you’re not going to be young again, but you’re going to be youthful. Low T is a part of aging, but that doesn’t mean that it should be accepted and not treated. Your quality of life can overall improve with a simple and mostly effective treatment.
Find a good professional to check your levels of testosterone. You can ask for a referral to get to the right doctor. Let them know that you know, and be your own advocate.
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