Testosterone plays such an important role in the life of every man that people sometimes tend to even exaggerate this very role. Some scientists consider testosterone to be “the elixir of youth”, others believe that it kills.
Numerous doping scandals have made the words “testosterone” and “steroids” acquired a rather strong negative context, and at the same time a considerable number of myths had grown around these two notions. In fact, testosterone is the key hormone of the male body.
It is responsible for many important body functions, including, but not limited to sexual and physical strength of men.
Lowered testosterone level can lead to chronic apathy, depression and decreased tone. But as President Kennedy once said, the enemy of the truth is usually not a lie, but a myth. So let’s try to restore the balance, and dispel the most common myths about testosterone.
The high level of testosterone can instigate aggression
Testosterone is very often linked to the male aggression. It has been argued that the increased level of testosterone in the body of a man can make him more aggressive and touchwood.
But contrary to a common misconception, aggressive people usually have a low level of this hormone, while the excess amount of testosterone in the blood makes them even kinder and friendlier. In general, the main male hormone affects mostly libido.
Testosterone is an illegal drug
No. It is legal and can be used by medical prescription. Testosterone is the main male hormone responsible for the development of male genital organs in the early stages of life, which ensures a normal functioning of the entire body afterwards. Testosterone affects mainly the production of sperm, erection, sexual drive, muscular tone and bone health.
It should be noted that the use of testosterone boosters as a drug may be prohibited by medical commissions in some sports, but this does not make it illegal.
Testosterone refers to steroids, which may lead to health risks
Indeed, testosterone really belongs to the group of steroid hormones, but that does not mean that it can endanger your health. Actually, every human body has a lot of natural steroids. They include oestrogen, progesterone, cortisol and even cholesterol.
Of course, when it comes to sportsmen who use steroids, people don’t usually imagine them injecting themselves with cholesterol. In sports, the word “steroid” has a totally different meaning.
It means an artificial hormone, which is aimed at strengthening sportsmen’s bones and muscles, increasing their endurance and physical abilities. Testosterone itself is quite safe even in high concentrations, but the same cannot be said of new “artificial” steroids.
Testosterone can cause prostate cancer
The facts show that the men with the elevated level of testosterone do not face the heightened risk of prostate cancer. This myth appeared after the studies of the last century showed that castration was beneficial for men with prostate cancer and metastases. Today, doctors usually do not support this statement. Recent studies have shown that the deficiency of testosterone has much more adverse impact on prostate gland than its excess volume. This belief can explain the fact that young male population, who has a sufficient level of testosterone, almost never suffer from prostate cancer. It seems that only men after castration can face the risk of prostate disease due to the elevated level of their testosterone.
High level of testosterone results in a bald head
There is a perception that bald men have a higher content of testosterone in their blood than those who have a full head of hair. However, this is another misconception related to the effects of the male hormone. And actually, no one knows where this myth takes its roots from. Perhaps, bald people tell this story to compensate for the lack of hair on their heads.
Doctors have not found any confirmation of this statement, as there is no direct correlation between these hair indicators. Various surveys have proved that the level of testosterone does not affect the quantity of hair on the male head. There are many other factors, which usually provoke hair loss and alopecia, including, but not limited to a genetic predisposition, long-lasting diseases, use of medications, stress and improper nutrition.
But anyway, most people continue to traditionally believe that bald headed men have a lot of testosterone and are more sexually active.
Testosterone is a key trigger of sexual desire
Of course, libido is directly depended on testosterone, but not to the extent we had been led to believe. In this regard, the male hormone doesn’t play the primary role. Libido is usually more affected by other factors, both physical and psychological. Health issues, stress and depression, emotional state and even other hormones can affect the sexual desire much more than testosterone.
Testosterone is a panacea for all health issues
Today in America, testosterone (that is, drugs, which contain this hormone) is widely used to treat almost all health problems, including, but not limited to apathy, erectile dysfunction, beer belly and overweight. But in fact, there is not a single scientific study that has proved the positive effect of the hormone on overweight beer belly.
Some experts say, it is totally inefficient for such purposes. It’s no secret that testosterone can somehow boost male libido, but it’s not a panacea for erectile dysfunction.
There is also no scientific evidence of the connection between the hormone level and the lack of energy and body strength.
As you can see, testosterone is not the main cause of all problems, as well as not a panacea for all health issues.
Thus, you shouldn’t hold the hormone responsible of all health changes you can experience during the life. You’d better pay more attention to your lifestyle, habits and nutrition. Spend more time in the open air, do sports and keep a healthy, positive outlook on life!