What Does High T Do To Men?
Low testosterone causes men to experience a number of symptoms. These include:
Lack of interest in women (or lack of desire) in general.
Decreased muscle mass and strength.
Difficulty achieving or maintaining erections.
Fatigue during physical activity, especially strenuous activities like running, lifting weights, etc..
Abdominal pain and bloating.
Loss of body hair. Hair loss can occur in the eyebrows, eye lashes, chest, legs, and pubic area.
Elevated cholesterol levels.
Elevated blood pressure.
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
If left untreated, some men may experience issues with memory and cognition as well as depression. It should be noted these issues are not related to low testosterone specifically, but are a combination of low testosterone and multiple other factors.
As your body ages, you are more likely to experience these symptoms.
Some of the key factors that influence your risk for low testosterone include:
Age. As you get older, your body produces less and less testosterone.
After 30, the decline is noticeable and after 40 it becomes significantly harder to produce adequate amounts of testosterone naturally. This is a normal part of the aging process.
Genetics. If your father (or any other male relative) experience low testosterone symptoms, then you are more likely to experience them as well.
Obesity. If you are significantly overweight, your body produces less testosterone.
Poor sleep cycle. Testosterone is typically at its highest when you wake up in the morning, and lowest when you go to bed at night.
If you do not get enough sleep at night or if you get “partial sleep,” your body does not produce as much testosterone as it otherwise would during the day.
Smoking cigarettes. Like being overweight, smoking causes your body to produce less testosterone.
Alcohol and drug abuse. Using alcohol or drugs decreases your likelihood of having a high testosterone level.
Stress. When you are under a lot of stress, your body releases high levels of cortisol.
In some instances, this can lead to lower than normal testosterone levels.
Does High T Cause Aggression?
While testosterone is often referred to as the “male hormone,” both men and women possess it. It is just present at much higher levels in men, which is why males have masculine features like a deep voice, body hair, and a big stature. In women, testosterone is present at much lower levels, which is why they typically have more “feminine” features like a high voice and a smaller stature.
The media frequently portrays testosterone as a “male domination” hormone. You may have heard things like:
Anime characters with larger eyes have higher testosterone levels.
Oral contraceptives can reduce the effects of testosterone in women.
High-pitched voices mean that person has more testosterone.
In reality, testosterone does not directly effect these or other features. For example, the size of a man’s eyes has no correlation with his testosterone levels.
Likewise, the pitch of a voice has nothing to do with testosterone.
That being said, studies have shown that higher testosterone levels can lead to aggressive behavior in some cases. However, there are other factors that can lead to aggression besides high testosterone levels.
How does Aggression Linked to Testosterone Work?
Testosterone is typically at its highest when you wake up in the morning and lowest when you go to bed at night. Your body regulates testosterone production based on your activities. For example, if you are a professional weight lifter, your body is going to produce more testosterone (and other hormones) while you are working out to encourage muscle development.
The same thing can happen in less desirable ways. For example, a person who engages in violent criminal activity may find themselves experiencing high levels of testosterone when they engage in that activity.
Over time, their bodies become used to this extra hormones and may even come to expect it.
When this type of person is incarcerated and unable to engage in the criminal behavior, their bodies continue to produce high levels of testosterone. In some cases, this can cause aggressive behavior while in other cases it can lead to depression.
In other words, it’s not that the testosterone directly causes the aggressive behavior. Instead, it is a combination of:
A high testosterone level.
The lack of engaging in activity that would lower that testosterone level.
Does High T Make You Violent?
A number of high-profile shootings have been committed by young males. As a result, many people believe that this age group is more violent than others. Studies have found, though, that this is a myth and that people of all ages are about equally likely to commit violent crimes.
There is also no direct link between testosterone and violence. Some studies have shown a correlation between high testosterone levels and violent crime.
However, these studies fail to take into account other factors. For example, a person with facial scars is likely to have higher testosterone levels. However, a person with facial scars is also more likely to engage in aggressive activity.
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