- The daily production of Testosterone in young healthy men is 7 mg and in young healthy women is 250 mcg.
- Testosterone production is greatly stimulated by the pituitary hormone LH.
- In men, the testosterone is produced mainly by Testicles; however, a small amount is produced by adrenal glands and in other tissues such as fat cells by conversion from adrenal androgens such as DHEA.
- In women, half of the testosterone comes from the conversion of DHEA and androstenedione in fat and skin tissues, one-fourth is made by ovaries and the one fourth by the adrenals.
- Testosterone production declines with aging, Stress and intense physical activities.
- Positive emotions such as happiness and sexual pleasure may temporarily increase testosterone production.
- Foods high in protein and/or saturated fat increase Testosterone production.
- Sugar and sweets decrease Testosterone production.
- High fibre diets decrease Testosterone absorption in the entero-hepatic circulation.
- Testosterone converts into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which produces the male sexual characteristics: the virile body with moustache, beard, body hair, pubic and armpit hair, penis, erections, deep voice etc.
- Testosterone also converts to Estradiol, which generates the female body appearance, enlarging the breasts, widening the pelvis, reducing the body hairs, increasing the sex drive, producing the female voice etc.
- Testosterone improves mood, memory and decrease anxiety.
- Testosterone sustains the bone and muscle strength.
- In men, Testosterone safeguards the cardiovascular system. It reduces serum cholesterol and minimizes atherosclerosis.
- Testosterone increases the lean body mass and reduces fat mass.
- Testosterone improves Insulin sensitivity in men.
- Testosterone develops and maintains the reproductive health in men and women.
- Testosterone enhances the sex drive and sexual sensitivity, including orgasm in both sexes.
Indications For Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Testosterone deficiency states.
- Andropause Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Testicular failure.
- Male hypogonadism.
- Component of Menopause HRT.
- Component of Somatopause HRT.
- Sexual Dysfunction in both men and women.
- Low Libido.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Improvement of body composition and muscle strength.
- Supportive therapy in Obesity.
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Few recommendations by Dr. Deepak Anjana V. Chaturvedi to remember before going for stem cells based therapies
- Stem cells based therapies have the potential to be a great futuristic medicine.
- The effects of Stem Cells based therapies are yet to be proven.
- Go autologous first.
- Don't pay very hefty amounts for the same.
- Don't expect miracles but stay optimistic.
- Evaluate yourself thoroughly before going ahead with it.
- Don't fall prey to tall claims made by the therapy providers.
- Don't leave your ongoing treatment (medicines etc) without consulting your doctor.
- Everything has a potential to give unwanted effects or to get fail. Please stay prepared for the same.
Dr. Deepak Anjana V. Chaturvedi's view on Diet
- 1. No fixed rules about eating behavior.
- 2. Living long (longevity), Living healthy (wellness), Improved quality of life index (Antiaging) and living comfortably with one or more disability and disease are different entities.
- 3. Every condition mentioned in point no.2 needs different dietary framework.
- 4. Affordability and availability are other issues in practical life.
- 5. Religious and cultural factors affect human eating behavior very much.