Testosterone is one of the holy grails of bodybuilding. It is the hormone that sculpts that sought after, strong, cut, physique - it makes it easier to gain muscle and banish fat, and on top of this, it enhances strength, libido and other male characteristics. It's what makes a man a man, and it'll put hair on your chest... literally.
Along with other hormones like HGH, the level of testosterone in the body does start to decrease with age. After the age of thirty, testosterone levels start dropping by about 1% per year. While this decrease is small, gradual, and generally not noticeable at first, as a man gets older he might start to feel the symptoms of diminished hormone production. These present in various ways and might include muscle loss, fat gain, and impotence.
Everyone knows that testosterone gives you your male characteristics and is invaluable when building muscle. But what many people don't know is that it plays a big role in boosting mood, overall health and wellbeing. This was the subject of a recent study which looked at hormone levels and quality of life in older men - those who are most likely to be affected by reduced hormone levels.
Scientists measured hormone levels in over 1700 men, who were also asked to complete a survey in which they rated their health and quality of life. When the results of this survey were correlated to hormone levels, there was a strong relationship between high quality of life and health, and higher levels of testosterone. The scientists went on to say that better self-rated quality of life is associated with lower morbidity and mortality as a man gets older.
As if the muscle gains weren't enough, Improved mood, health, and , quality of life are very compelling reasons to maximise your levels of testosterone. Naturally boosting the body's production of this vital hormone is something worthy of serious consideration for men over 30. Men in this age range often see big results from supplementation, and there is a great range of safe and effective products on the market. Get big and feel good about it!
Hsu B, Cumming RG, Blyth FM, Naganathan V, Le Couteur DG, Seibel MJ, Waite LM,Handelsman DJ. Longitudinal and cross-sectional relationships of circulating reproductive hormone levels to self-rated health and health-related quality of life incommunity-dwelling older men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Feb 19