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Testosterone is as steroid hormone that is primarily responsible for development of male reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics (what makes men manly - more muscle, more bone, hair all over). It is also essential for health and overall well-being.

Testosterone levels begin to decrease around the age of forty. This causes all kinds of problems in the long term. Loss of bone mass and bone brittleness, loss of muscle mass, impotence, obesity and increased risk of fatal heart attacks are just some of the problems that might be coming your way.

Younger men are also at risk, for their testosterone levels could be lowered for various reasons as well, which goes undetected until their erection fails them or they loose their sex drive for no apparent reason. Experts say that anyone who feels an inexplicable decrease of sexual desire should check their testosterone levels. Normal levels are between 350 and 1000 nanograms per 0,1 liter of blood.

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There are various artificial means to increase testosterone levels, such as testosterone pills, patches, injections and gels. Problem is, these induce liver damage, shrinking of testicles, high cholesterol levels and even acne. Some supplements increase risk of heart disease and prostate cancer.Thing to Do, The Right Way

Much better way to boost testosterone levels is by doing what true men do, mening through loss of superficial weight and exercise. No, seriously. Being fit and exposing oneself to physical strain stimulates production of testosterone. It is a good idea to start keeping an eye on your physical shape while you are still in your 20s or 30s. If you increase normal testosterone levels in your body in time, it will take more time for them to drop below the limit. And you'll probably make good use of your attractive physique and optimal testosterone levels anyway, right?

More Things To do

Lose excess weight. Too much body fat (30% over optimal body weight) elevates estrogen levels, which in turn suppresses testosterone production. Avoid high-protein low-carbohydrate diets, as these also have a negative effect on testosterone production. Regular weight-lifting exercises that engage several muscle groups at once, such as back rows, bench presses or squats stimulate testosterone production.

High levels of physical strain also boost testosterone secretion. this can be done by lifting something really heavy in a gym, something that will allow you no more than five reps. Still, do not forget to rest well, overexertion has a negative impact on just about everything. Reduce alcohol intake, but add a bit of good fats to your diet. Finally, have more sex - nothing boosts your testosterone levels in a better or more pleasant way.

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