Here’s a quick lesson on testosterone. I’ll be posting brief breakdowns of the role and responsibilities of a few key hormones over the following weeks.
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Although women produce a small amount of this hormone by their adrenal glad, this is predominantly the hormone for muscle growth in men produced by the testes. It also helps define sexual characteristics as well as burn fat.
According to a study in The Journal of Applied Physiology called “Influences of testosterone on muscle mass and protein synthesis” – Testosterone directly stimulates protein synthesis resulting in muscle growth. Around age 40 tends to be when men experience large declines in testosterone production under normal circumstances resulting in higher body fat and lower muscle and bone density.
All is not lost though! Low carb/high fat diets and weight training promote higher than average levels of testosterone. Cholesterol in food is directly responsible for the production of testosterone. Much like GH we can naturally increase our levels by getting good sleep, keeping a cool-calm-collected demeanor, eating a high protein/fat/low carb diet and hitting the weights.