Most of us know testosterone only as a male hormone that is important for reproduction. However, research has found that testosterone plays a much bigger role in our bodies. It has been shown to regulate levels of fat in our blood. Without the appropriate level of testosterone in our body, we might be predisposed to obesity and other serious diseases.
Testosterone is a type of androgen. Research involving mice suggests that there is an association between low levels of androgens, including testosterone, and obesity in both males and females.
A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology tested this theory out, with eye-opening results. The scientists involved in the study proceeded by comparing female mice with and without the androgen receptor. After a while, the female mice without the androgen receptor developed obesity and high levels of fat in blood.
Obesity is an epidemic that affects over two-thirds of people in our society. Some consequences of obesity are:
High Blood Pressure
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Vascular Disease
This study is just one of many linking the absence of testosterone to obesity. Its impact on female obesity shows that testosterone is much more important for our bodies than we previously believed. Åsa Tivesten, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher from the Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research in Göteborg, Sweden, admits that androgen deficiency can be a major problem for both women and men. However, there are not many medicinal remedies for this deficiency.
Testosterone replacement therapies are controversial and unsafe. At this time, conventional medicine has not been very effective in combating low testosterone levels. The consensus seems to be that natural ways of boosting androgens and testosterone in the body is the way to go. Here are a few ways to naturally boost androgen levels in your body:
Get 8 hours of sleep every night
Reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet
Start taking Vitamins A and E, and minerals such as zinc and selenium
Try to control your stress through meditation
Stay active – moderate strength training has also been known to increase testosterone levels
Eat healthy fats – mainly mon- and polyunsaturated fats, like those found in avocadoes and nuts
These are great recommendations for everyone to stay healthy and fit. If you feel that you have been gaining weight despite your best efforts not to, it may be due to androgen-deficiency. Try the natural remedies listed above to bring your body to a healthier level of androgens and testosterone.