WHY ARE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS IMPORTANT FOR MUSCLE GROWTH?
As many of us know there is a vital link between testosterone and muscle growth. Men of course produce more than women. It is also responsible for the ability to control sex drive.
The amount of testosterone in the blood impacts energy levels, sperm count, and muscle. Unfortunately, as we age, the level of testosterone decreases for both men and women.
What exactly is testosterone? It is a hormone known as an androgen that stimulates or controls the development of male characteristics. Basically, the more testosterone the body can produce, the more muscle growth will occur. This will also have an increased effect on muscle protein synthesis which will give us more growth in the muscle.
Normal range is 300 to 1200 ng/dl. If testosterone levels drop, body fat may increase and muscle size will reduce. Testosterone plays a crucial role in building muscle and increased energy. High levels of testosterone may also have you feeling energetic and young while the opposite might happen if levels are low.
What’s more, according to a 2012 review of low testosterone in obese men published in the journal Current Diabetes Reviews, low testosterone increases fat deposits, specifically in the belly.
Fat cells, especially in the belly, cause the production of an enzyme called aromatase. This enzyme converts testosterone to estrogen. Estrogen then causes more fat to be deposited in your chest, hips, and thighs.
“Increased body fat eats away at testosterone, and it can be a vicious cycle,” Dr. Tamler says. “Low testosterone cause depression, lethargy, and fatigue that can keep you from exercising to lose fat and build muscle.”
Basically, the more testosterone you have, the more muscle mass will develop. Having low testosterone levels will turn muscle into fat. When testosterone isn’t present, estrogen comes as a replacement which will have you gaining fat in areas you least want.
How do we increase testosterone?
1. Lower Body Fat.
2. Do resistance training.
3. Get enough sleep.
4. Eat a balanced diet.
5. Find supplements that help.
Sometimes as we age, exercise and diet alone might not be enough for many men with low testosterone levels. It would be an option to consider a TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). This treatment has allowed men to lose more weight, exercise more frequently, and recover lean body mass.