Myths and Misunderstandings About Testosterone
Common Myths and Misunderstandings About Testosterone
There are many things people have wrong when it comes to testosterone abound. Many of these myths create very dangerous situations where men abuse the use of supplements and misunderstand the role testosterone plays.
Here are some of the common myths you need to be aware of:
1. Testosterone improves fertility.
False. Testosterone, when present in high levels, can actually cause the testicles to stop working and causes them to shrink. This leads to infertility issues. When taken as prescribed and under the direction of a doctor the chances of this side effect are not as common, but testosterone itself will do nothing to make a man more fertile than he already is.
2. Being overweight does not affect testosterone levels.
Wrong. Extra fat will actually work like a sponge and suck testosterone and other important hormones from the blood. This leads to a reduced libido, lack of energy and other issues associated with aging and a drop in testosterone. This is particularly true when the deposits of fat are carried around the belly or abdomen.
3. Vigorous exercise can raise testosterone levels.
This is both a yes and a no. Yes, moderate exercise can lead to a slight increase in testosterone levels, but actually when the exercise is extreme, testosterone will actually decrease rapidly. Having low testosterone levels make it harder to get motivated to exercise and harder to lose weight, which often results in the savage cycle of inactivity and a continually reduced level of hormones.
4. Testosterone supplements are safe for everyone to use.
Wrong. Many people find it surprising when they learn that the government does not yet actively regulate the sale or use of products that contain testosterone or supplements meant to produce testosterone. These supplements should only be used under a doctor’s supervision and your testosterone levels should never exceed normal levels.