What can I expect from Testosterone Check?
This home test checks your levels of the hormone Testosterone. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males. The high levels of Testosterone that men have compared to women are responsible for the development of virtually all the physical differences between the sexes. In adult males it controls sex drive, maintains muscle mass and helps make sperm.
Hormones (1 Biomarkers)
Hormones are biochemical substances produced by various glands in the body, forming a part of the endocrine system. They are secreted directly into the bloodstream and travel to specific organs or tissues where they exert their effects.
Hormones act as chemical messengers and play a crucial role in regulating many physiological processes in the body. Their functions include:
Growth and Development: Hormones like growth hormone and thyroid hormones are essential for normal growth and development, particularly during childhood and adolescence.
Metabolism: Hormones such as insulin, glucagon, and thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, influencing how the body uses and stores energy.
Reproduction: Hormones like oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) are vital for sexual development and reproductive function.
Mood and Cognitive Functions: Hormones can influence brain function, affecting mood, stress levels, and cognitive abilities. Examples include cortisol, which is involved in stress response, and oestrogen, which can affect mood and cognitive function.
Regulation of Body Functions: Hormones regulate a wide range of body functions, including blood pressure, heart rate, appetite, sleep cycles, and body temperature.
Response to Stress and Injury: Hormones such as adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol are released in response to stress or injury, preparing the body to react to challenging situations.
The endocrine system, which includes glands like the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and gonads (ovaries and testes), works intricately to maintain hormonal balance.
Imbalances in hormone levels can lead to various health problems, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth disorders, reproductive issues, and mood disorders.
Hormones are integral to the overall functioning of the human body and your wellbeing.
Testosterone is an important sex hormone for both men and women. In men, it is made in the testicles. In women, it is made in small amounts in the ovaries.
It is important for normal male sexual development. During puberty (in the teen years), testosterone helps boys develop male features like body and facial hair, a deeper voice, and muscle strength. Too much testosterone in men can cause shrinking of the testicles, impotence, an increased risk of heart attack and prostate enlargement with difficulty urinating. Too little can cause fatigue, irritability, depression, erectile dysfunction and reduced muscle mass.
Combined with oestrogen, testosterone helps with the growth, maintenance, and repair of a woman's reproductive tissues and bone mass. Too much can cause acne, excess hair on the face and body, irregular periods and mood changes. Too little can cause low libido and weight gain.
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