The gonads produce testoTsterone as well as the adrenal glands. Testosterone is actually produced in both sexes, although in much smaller quantities in females when compared to males. Testosterone itself is an androgen, which means it helps to stimulate the development of masculine features on an individual.

There is this very hormone that is responsible for initiating the development of male features, both external and internal including the reproductive organs during the foetal phase, and sperm maintenance during the adulthood.

Testosterone is also responsible for signaling to the body to produce new blood cells, and is responsible for keeping the bones and muscles strong during puberty, as well as enhancing the libido in both sexes. This hormone is responsible for some of the many changes in males during the puberty phase including enlargement of the penis, sexual desire, increase in height, and body hair growth.

This hormone also regulates the secretion of the luteinizing hormone, as well is a follicle stimulating hormone. In order for these changes to occur, testosterone in itself is converted into an alternative androgen called dihydrotestosterone.

Testosterone Regulation

Testosterone production is tightly regulated, i.e. controlled so levels remain “normal” in the blood. Typically, testosterone levels are at their highest in the mornings, before depleting through the day. The importance of the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus cannot be overstated, because it is these two that control the amount of testosterone your testes produce.

In a responsive action to the gonadotropin, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland produced the luteinizing hormone, which travels via your bloodstream to the gonads, and helps to stimulate the production of, yes you guessed it, testosterone.

By this time, the blood levels of testosterone rise, and this feedback is sent back to the hypothalamus which then cuts back on the production of the luteinizing hormone via the pituitary gland. This is the point where testosterone levels begin to drop.

Is the Such a Thing As Too Much Testosterone?

Excess testosterone is entirely dependent on a person’s sex and age. So far, there have been no cases of adult men developing such disorders where the body produces way too much testosterone. Things may be a bit more of a serious nature when it comes to children, because too much testosterone may trigger early growth spurts, and early signs of puberty. It is also true that too much testosterone in children can sometimes lead to something called “precocious puberty”, which can eventually lead to infertility.

If you’re a woman, too much testosterone in the body may be an indicator of the polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition which usually becomes apparent after outbreaks of acne, an accelerated body and facial hair growth, as well as bowling at the front of the hairline, excessive muscle growth and the development of a deep voice.

There are also a number of recognized conditions that cause the body to overproduce testosterone including androgen resistance, ovarian cancer, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Anabolic steroids use can sometimes result in too much testosterone being present in the body due to an overproduction by the hypothalamus, and this usually results in over-production by the luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland, and upon the knowledge and of the extra testosterone pumped into the body, the testes cutback on their own production leading to a whole host of problems.

Prolonged exposure to anabolic steroids can sometimes lead to infertility, a diminished sex drive, and a shrinking of the testicles, as well as gynaecomastia, the development of man boobs. Liver damage can also occur.

What Will Low Testosterone Do?

If a testosterone deficiency takes in effect during the foetal development, then unfortunately the development of masculine features will be hindered, and possibly leading the way to certain disorders in sexual development.

If a testosterone deficiency takes effect during the puberty phase, this will no doubt growth spurts, as well as a failure to develop male characteristics such as the growth of the penis and testes, deepening of the voice, and the growth of pubic hair. During the time of puberty, males with a testosterone deficiency will display less endurance and strength compared to their counterparts. Another tell-tale sign would be the abnormal growth of the arms and legs when compared to the rest of the body.

A testosterone deficiency that takes hold during adulthood can cause a loss of muscle mass, loss of body hair, and wrinkly skin. Although it is a natural occurrence for testosterone levels to begin to drop with age, there are a number of steps men can take to try and reverse this. This decline in testosterone is usually referred to as andropause/male menopause.

The effects of low testosterone can also affect the mood, increase body fat, lose muscle tone, and hinder erections, cause difficulties with concentration, trigger memory loss, as well as difficulties in sleeping.

The first sign of aging is definitely loss of strength.

Once we start losing strength, we literally start aging. We can start aging on the age of 28, 29, 35, 45. Once we start losing strength, we start aging. You know the feeling…even the smallest of tasks seem difficult to do.

Loss of strength means automatic loss of muscle tissue. Loss of muscle tissue then means smaller, softer muscles (or excuses for muscles!), slower metabolism. Once we start slowing down metabolically (slower in digesting what we eat), we start accumulating more body fat. And you know what this means?…

More body fat will add more weight to the body…

Dead weight to the body, which will obviously put much more pressure on the cardiovascular system, on the respiratory system, on our kidneys, on our digestive system, not to mention bones, joints, tendons, ligaments.

Loss of strength through loss of muscle tissue, increased body fat, slower metabolism is actually what aging is all about.

Instead of sitting back and letting these changes creep in, there’s many things you can do to try hold off many of these things.

Instead of having a “reactive” approach to aging, why not try being “pro-active”, and take charge of things?

How Do We Deal With It?

How do we maintain young as long as we can?

Obviously, by keeping as strong as we can, and keeping the muscle tissue, and muscle size, and muscle strength as much as we can.

The only way to do it is obviously to get involved, and engaged with weight training. Stronger muscles, and bigger muscles will cause the body to create high bone density. Body builds strength in its bone tissue, automatically, we’re talking about strengthening all connective tissues, the tendons and ligaments.

This is, again, reflecting in stabilization of joints, and increased mobility, and very low risk of injuries. This is what is the major concern of elderly, today.

The weight training is the only one way to give you those benefits.

Once we start getting stronger, we will actually stop the process of aging. By getting stronger, you will maintain young for longer. By getting weaker, you will become older, faster.

Excuses? Here’s How to Deal With Them

I know what you’re thinking…”bodybuilding?…me?…no way!…my body’s not up to it!”

This is precisely the type of mentally you should avoid when trying to get fit. Look at all the health shops out there. Look at all the products available to you.

Thanks to advancements in science and research, you could probably find an answer, in the form of a supplement to every excuse in your “cop-out book”.

Not feeling very energetic today, so no chance of hitting the gym then? What you need is a pre-workout supplement that will give you that extra surge that you will want to burn.

Or are you the type of person who’s tried out the gym a for a few months by going once every 2 weeks before quitting because you haven’t seen any real progress? Well…you could try a fat burner supplement.

Not only do fat burners help you burn fat, they also provide an abundance of energy due to their caffeine content.

Are you an old stick-in-the-mud who complains about aches and pains after working out? You know what? There’s a solution to that too! What you need is a good old protein shake. A protein shake will help to provide your body with much needed protein so it can heal itself.

Or do you like to stick to the oldest trick in the book? “My hormones are all over the place, I SHOULDN’T really be working out at my age”. That’s the biggest load of trash I’ve heard! If you’re a man, the only hormone that diminishes with age is testosterone. And surprise surprise, there’s been an explosion in the testosterone booster market in recent years.

These supplements are certainly no steroids because they don’t contain any type of hormone. They are made from natural ingredients that work together to force your body to start producing more of its OWN testosterone.

To Wrap Up…

As you can see, you would have to completely re-write the “excuses” rule book, because the existing one is not obsolete.

You can find a supplement for almost anything