Recently, we were confronted in Portugal with one mediatic case of abuse and non-prescription usage of testosterone, for aesthetic purposes.
As we all should know, hormones are responsible for our physical and emotional well being. For that reason, after 35 years old it’s important to check out the values of our principal hormones, and in some cases, if needed, subscribe hormonal therapy as a solution to restore our health. But only one doctor can decide that.
Recently studies have shown our endocrine system starts his aging process around the 27 age, and the tendency will be towards earlier due to the modern lifestyle, food preferences, abuse of alcohol, and recreative drugs.
The need for the perfect body and symmetry leads many men and women to one path that often has no return, and with irreversible health implications.
Actor’s Angelo Rodrigues’ urgent hospitalization due to the continued use of testosterone to gain muscle mass only demonstrated the reality behind the scenes in gyms, but also the obsession with being a Greek God.
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. It is responsible for male sexuality and is the main hormone-producing the features associated with masculinity such as substantial muscle mass, facial hair, libido, and sperm production. Besides, the hormone has other vital functions as the basic chemical composition of testosterone is steroidal; and steroids are known to have significant physiological, as well as psychological, effects in male individuals, especially adults. Testosterone production is reduced gradually in men starting from the age of 30. Men may experience a number of physiological and psychological events, such as a lack of sex-drive, erectile dysfunction, acute depression, fatigue, low energy levels, and insomnia. At the age of 50, for men, there will be a reduction of 30% of testosterone levels.
What are the harmful effects of testosterone usage?
- Hair loss;
- Heart and kidney disease;
- High blood pressure;
- Risk of viral or bacterial infections;
- Alterations in Cholesterol and other blood lipids;
- Altered mood, irritability, increased aggression.
The use of steroids can be addictive as botox usage, so be aware of what you are doing with your life and health because to love, or to have a partner you don’t need a perfect body, you need to be healthy. Physically and emotionally.
If you notice it’s hard for you to grow your muscles or if you can identify some of the symptoms of having low testosterone levels (hot flashes, decrease in energy levels, increase in body fat, lowered sex drive, difficulty sleeping) seek for professional help with a endocrinologist, not your personal trainer.
Remember to live a real life, not a magazine life.