Testosterone

Definition of Testosterone:

The principal male sex hormone that induces and maintains the changes that take place in males at puberty.  In men, the testicles continue to produce testosterone throughout life, though there is some decline with age.  A naturally occurring androgenic hormone.

Topics Related to Testosterone

Adult Acne

...recommendation against Testosterone
“Adverse effects of testosterone supplementation include minor side-effects such as acne and oily skin...”

Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“Make sure estrogen and testosterone levels are normal...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“The popular image of this sex hormone is primarily as a muscle-building machismo-inducing substance that "pumps men up", yet clinical research is uncovering important roles for testosterone in many other diverse areas of health and physiology, including the brain...”
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Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...Testosterone (from the testes), human growth hormone (from the pituitary), and DHEA and androstenedione (from the adrenal gland) levels all begin to drop...”
...our question about Fatigue after light exertion
“Lethargy and lack of vitality are early signs that your anti-aging hormones (such as testosterone) are diminishing...”
...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
Testosterone levels in men generally begin to decline in the fourth decade of life during the period known as andropause or male menopause...”
...recommendation Acetyl-L-Carnitine
“The April 2004 issue of the journal Urology published the findings of Italian researchers that the amino acid carnitine was more active than testosterone in improving symptoms of aging in men, such as sexual dysfunction and depression, associated with the decline of androgenic hormones...”
...recommendation Book Reading
“For more insight, The Testosterone Syndrome, by Eugene Shippen, M...”
...recommendation Testosterone
Testosterone levels decline gradually with age in men...”
...recommendation Tribulus
“...It has also been reported to increase the body's natural testosterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels...”
...recommendation DIM / I3C
“...This increase in PSA is as great as that seen with testosterone...”

Atherosclerosis

...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Researchers at Columbia University Medical School found that serum testosterone levels were about 90ng/dl lower in patients who had suffered myocardial infarctions (MI) than in those who had not...”

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

...related topic
“...BPH is common in men over fifty and can be the result either of diminished production of complete testosterone or poor pelvic circulation...”

Bleeding Tendency

...the condition
“...Examples of these include: tocotrienols, fish oils, curcumin, gingko biloba, grapes and grape juice, testosterone, Coumadin, vitamin E over 300IU/day, vitamin B6 over 150-200mg per day, too many essential fatty acids, garlic, taurine and gugulipids...”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“Testing for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone may help to properly evaluate breast and ovarian cancer risk...”

Carbohydrate Intolerance

...the condition
“...Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: The liver uses a specific enzyme system to convert cholesterol into a master steroidal hormone called pregnenolone, from which hormones such as progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone are derived...”

Cluster Headaches

...relationship to Low Female Testosterone Level
“Several studies have found that sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches tend to have subnormal levels of total testosterone, DHEA sulfate, and pregnenolone...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Several studies have found that sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches tend to have subnormal levels of total testosterone, DHEA sulfate, and pregnenolone...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“Some research suggests that testosterone therapy may help alleviate the pain of migraine and cluster headaches...”

Concern Over Wrinkled Skin

...the condition
“...Although the hormones estrogen and testosterone slow skin collagen loss, a number of beauty treatments, including vitamin C and ceramide creams, can do the job without the side-effects...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Researchers at Columbia University Medical School studied 55 men undergoing X-ray exams of their arteries and found that those with a lower testosterone level had higher degrees of heart disease (blockage of the coronary arteries)...”

Depression

...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Depression can be caused by low levels of certain hormones, including testosterone...”
...recommendation DHEA
“...In addition, DHEA is the precursor for estrogen and testosterone, which also enhance mood...”

DHEA

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: The body converts DHEA into testosterone or estrogen...”
...related topic
“...DHEA may be transformed into testosterone, estrogen or other steroids...”

DHEA Elevated

...the condition
“Excess DHEA can cause excess levels of estrogen and testosterone, as well as creating a dependence...”

Dihydrotestosterone

...related topic
“A highly active form of testosterone, which influences many aspects of manly behavior, from sex drive to aggression...”

Enlarged Prostate

...the condition
“...Throughout their lives, men produce both testosterone (an important male hormone) and small amounts of estrogen – a female hormone...”
...recommendation Natural Progesterone
“...Progesterone prevents the body from converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...Zinc has been found to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that irreversibly converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a form which binds more avidly to the prostrate and stimulates greater growth...”
...recommendation Saw Palmetto
“...This enzyme converts the hormone testosterone to DHT...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Testosterone, the principal androgen, regulates sexual function in men and is a sexual libido booster in women as well...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Without sufficient testosterone the penile muscles atrophy, with the result that insufficient blood is trapped for developing or maintaining an erection, which in turn leads to poor performance and the anxiety that...”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
Testosterone is the major hormone produced by men, but does not directly affect a man's erectile ability as much as it does libido or sexual desire...”

Estrogen Replacement

...as a treatment
“...Testosterone, which benefits libido and bone health, may also be prescribed...”

Fatty Liver

...the condition
“...One form of fat that the liver produces is called triglycerides, which are important for new cell production for making hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and the adrenal hormones...”

Female Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Most modern medical research leans toward the position that a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone, binds to sites on hair follicles and is a primary instigator of hair loss...”

Fluoride Toxicity

...the condition
“...Dental Update 1990; 17: 161-3] Major Related Diagnoses: Alzheimer's disease/demyelinizing diseases, anemia, arthritis, breast cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, decrease in testosterone/spermatogenesis, altered vas deferens/testicular growth, decreased dental arch, dental crowding, delayed tooth eruption, diabetes insipidus, diarrhea, Down syndrome, early onset of...”

Gamma Oryzanol

...as a treatment
“...Some evidence suggests that gamma oryzanol increases testosterone levels, stimulates the release of endorphins (pain-relieving substances made in the body), and promotes the growth of lean muscle tissue...”

Gonads

...related topic
“...These include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone...”

High Female Testosterone Level

...the condition
Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone that is usually linked to male sexuality...”
...our question about Level of motivation
“Excess secretion of testosterone (a hormone associated with male aggressive behavior) is reported in Type A personality patients...”
...relationship to Breast Cancer
“One study reported that women with the highest levels of testosterone were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those with the lowest levels...”
...relationship to Ovarian Cancer
“When testosterone levels are very elevated, ovarian cancer can be a concern...”
...relationship to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
“Increased testosterone levels in women are most often caused by polycystic ovaries...”
...recommendation Estrogen Replacement
“Low estrogens allow the circulating androgens and testosterone to be more freely available and thus stimulate cells more...”

High Male Testosterone Level

...the condition
“Higher levels of testosterone can have significant health benefits for some men, such as being less vulnerable to high blood pressure, heart attacks, frequent colds and obesity...”
...our question about Level of motivation
“Excess secretion of testosterone (a hormone associated with male aggressive behavior) is reported in Type A personality patients...”

High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

...relationship to Breast Cancer
“...The same study reported that women with the highest levels of estrogen and/or testosterone were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those with the lowest levels...”

Hirsutism

...the condition
“...DHEA or testosterone), most have normal levels...”

HIV/AIDS

...our question about Having constant fatigue
“...The fatigue may be due to anemia, depression, the HIV virus, secondary infections, hormone deficiency (testosterone, adrenal exhaustion), malnutrition, poor sleep quality or quantity, inactivity, or drug side-effects...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“An estimated 45% of men with untreated AIDS and 25% of asymptomatic, untreated HIV-infected men experience low testosterone levels...”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
“Several studies have shown that testosterone levels are generally lower and that testosterone administration alleviates fatigue and depression in men with HIV/AIDS...”

Hormone Imbalance

...our question about the thickness of your scalp hairs
“...Hair follicles are very susceptible to excessive DHT, which is a super-dense form of testosterone...”

Hormone-altering Drugs

...related topic
“...Examples include Metformin, which affects insulin levels; Tamoxifen and Arimidex which affect estrogen levels; LHRH agonists which affect testosterone levels; and propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole(MTZ) which affect thyroid levels...”

Hormones

...related topic
“...Examples include adrenal hormones such as corticosteroids and aldosterone; glucagon, growth hormone, insulin, testosterone, estrogens, progestins, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin, and thyroid hormones such as thyroxine and calcitonin...”

Hypogonadism, Male

...the condition
“Male hypogonadism with a deficiency of testosterone is a relatively common disorder in clinical practice and has significant effects on the fertility, sexual function, and general health of affected men...”

Hypopituitarism

...the condition
“...On testing, blood levels of testosterone are low and should be replaced...”

Klinefelter's Syndrome

...related topic
“...Gynecomastia and various degrees of testosterone deficiency are usually noted...”

Low Female Testosterone Level

...the condition
Testosterone was once considered an exclusively male hormone...”
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Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

...the condition
“...Treatment and Prevention: Replacement of the hormones which decline with age, such as growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone, is an important part of any antiaging program...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...the condition
“Low testosterone effects almost every major system in the male body and has potentially serious long term health consequences...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“(This relationship of testosterone levels to zinc status does not apply to women...”
...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Baltimore Longitudinal Study showed a strong correlation between low testosterone levels and dementia, as well as increased risk of Alzheimer's disease...”
...relationship to Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
Testosterone is converted into estrogen naturally...”
...recommendation Testosterone Levels, Test
“Unfortunately, there is no general agreement on the threshold of testosterone value below which a man would be considered hypogonadal...”
...recommendation Tribulus
“In patients with below-normal serum testosterone levels, physiological levels were reached after treatment with Tribulus...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“The original and primary use of testosterone is for the treatment of males who have too little or no natural endogenous testosterone production: males with hypogonadism...”
...recommendation DIM / I3C
“Clinical studies using testosterone injections, creams, or patches have often failed to provide a long-lasting, libido-enhancing effect in aging men...”

Low Melatonin Level

...the condition
“Melatonin is a hormone in the same category as estrogen and testosterone and should not automatically be used as liberally as its current availability suggests...”

Low Pregnenolone Level

...the condition
“...All steroid hormones in the body (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, aldosterone, cortisol, etc...”

Low Sex Drive

...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Many studies over the years have shown that testosterone is critical to sexual desire...”
...relationship to Low DHEA Level
“DHEA is the precursor to testosterone...”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...This is often due to declining hormone levels, especially testosterone...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“Low testosterone levels are frequently the reason for diminished interest in sex, both in men and in women...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...recommendation DIM / I3C
“..." These patients are relatively testosterone deficient...”

Luteinizing Hormone

...related topic
“Anterior pituitary hormone stimulating estrogen production by the ovary; promoting formation of progesterone by the corpus luteum in women and stimulating testosterone release in men...”

Maca

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: Maca does not work through hormone-like effects, and does not increase testosterone or estrogen...”

Male Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Most modern medical research leans toward the position that a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone, binds to sites on hair follicles and is a primary instigator of hair loss...”
...recommendation Pumpkin Seeds
“Pumpkin seed oil may affect the activity of testosterone in the body in a similar fashion to saw palmetto...”
...recommendation Saw Palmetto
“This extract has been found to counteract the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting DHT binding to cellular and nuclear receptor sites, thereby increasing DHT breakdown...”
...recommendation Stinging Nettle
“It is possible that radix urticae influences the activity of sex hormone binding globulin and its binding to testosterone [Blutplasmas 1983]...”

Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)

...the condition
“...infertility in men; Bicycling – blood vessels and nerves may be damaged due to the pressure from the bike seat; Marginal zinc status is associated with poor sperm count and motility (especially if testosterone levels are low)...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Zinc increases sperm count and motility as well as raising testosterone levels when low...”
...recommendation against Testosterone
Testosterone causes suppression of spermatogenesis and can lead to infertility...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
“...Marginal zinc status is associated with poor sperm count and motility (especially if testosterone levels are low)...”

Menopausal Issues

...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“...With reduced SHBG levels, greater amounts of bioactive "male" sex hormones – androgens such as testosterone and DHEA – begin to circulate inside a woman's body...”

Migraine/Tension Headaches

...relationship to Low Female Testosterone Level
“Migraines are more common among women who have very low testosterone levels...”

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

...recommendation against Testosterone
“More serious complications arising from testosterone supplementation include exacerbation of sleep apnea...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Testosterone...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Some 30% of men with spinal osteoporosis have long-standing testosterone deficiency, and one-third of men with testosterone deficiency have subnormal bone density that puts them at risk of fractures...”

Platelet Aggregation (Clotting)

...the condition
“...Treatment and Prevention: Substances that reduce platelet aggregation include tocotrienols, shark liver oil, curcumin, gingko biloba, grape seed extract, grapes and grape juice, testosterone, Coumadin, fish oils, vitamin E at 300 IU or above, B6 at 150-200mg, EFAs, garlic, taurine and gugulipids...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...the condition
“...It also results in an increased production of the male hormone testosterone by the ovaries...”
...our question about Early or late puberty onset (female)
“...When girls with premature pubarche have been followed throughout the rest of puberty they have been found to develop excess testosterone production and irregular periods consistent with PCOS...”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...It is for this reason that a measurement of total testosterone and DHEA is recommended...”
...recommendation Weight Loss
“Weight reduction can not only reverse testosterone and luteinizing hormone abnormalities and infertility seen with PCOS, but also improve glucose, insulin and lipid profiles...”

Poor Bone Health

...the condition
“...Modifiable factors that increase risk for bone loss ... Low levels of estrogen in women or low levels of testosterone in men...”

Poor Memory

...recommendation Testosterone
“Several types of memory can benefit from supplemental testosterone: Working memory, which allows you to manipulate information over brief periods of time in order to make a response; verbal memory, which helps you recall lists of words; and spatial...”

Pregnenolone

...as a treatment
“...Pregnenolone is the basic precursor – or starting raw material – for the production of ALL the human steroid hormones, including DHEA, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and aldosterone, and as such is often referred to as "The Mother Hormone" or the next "up and coming" anti-aging hormone...”

Premature Hair Graying

...relationship to Premature/Signs of Aging
“...Also, premature hair graying is less frequent in ethnic groups, notably blacks, who also tend to have higher testosterone levels in both sexes...”

Premature/Signs of Aging

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...The hormones most likely to be involved include estrogens, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Low Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
“Obesity tends to increase the levels of sex hormone (estrogen, testosterone) activity, and decrease levels of sex hormone binding globulin...”
...recommendation DHEA
“...This two-month study also demonstrated that 7-Keto does not significantly affect blood sugar, testosterone, estradiol, liver or kidney function...”

Prostate Cancer

...the condition
“...Hormone therapy is based on reducing the level of testosterone, which stimulates cancer growth...”
...recommendation against Testosterone
Testosterone supplementation causes the acceleration of pre-existing prostate cancer growth...”
...recommendation LDN - Low Dose Naltrexone
“...This includes patients who have received Lupron, Casodex, Eulexin, DES, or other drugs designed to reduce testosterone...”

Sarsaparilla

...as a treatment
“...However, testosterone is not found in sarsaparilla, despite the many claims of its presence...”

SHBG

...related topic
“A glycoprotein, synthesized in the liver, which binds testosterone and 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone strongly, and estradiol somewhat less strongly...”

Steroid Abuse

...the condition
“...Steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic the actions of testosterone...”

Test for Hormones

...as a treatment
“Hormone testing for sex hormones such as estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, LH, FSH, prolactin and binding globulins (SHBG) is an important step in determining hormone abnormalities that may be causing or contributing to symptoms...”

Test Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

...as a treatment
“...With men, the issue of concern is testosterone deficiency, while with women the concern is excess testosterone production...”

Testicles

...related topic
“Egg-shaped sex glands in the scrotum that secrete male hormones such as testosterone, and produce sperm...”

Testosterone

...as a treatment
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group...”

Testosterone Levels, Test

...as a treatment
Testosterone levels can only be confirmed through lab testing...”

Tribulus

...as a treatment
“...In 1981, Tribestan was incorporated into mainstream medical treatment in much of Eastern Europe for improvement of libido and erectile function, increasing serum concentration of testosterone and luteinizing hormone (LH), and stimulation of spermatogenesis with increased concentration of sperm and an increase in sperm motility and viability...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Vitamin B3 is necessary for the manufacture of the hormones cortisone, thyroxine, insulin, and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone...”

Weight Training

...as a treatment
“...The hormone testosterone plays a major role in muscular development...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...recommendation GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)
“GLA can help reduce candida-induced hair loss by suppressing conversion of testosterone to its derivative DHT, in the hair follicles...”
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