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Testosterone Booster

Testosterone levels naturally decline as you age. While testosterone therapy can be an option, it has disadvantages as well. Some older men on testosterone therapy could face increased cardiac risks. You may be interested in natural testosterone boosters instead. Many over-the-counter (OTC) products make claims, but there is limited research to back them up.

Before you buy a testosterone booster, learn about the role of testosterone and the risks and benefits of testosterone treatments.

The Role of Testosterone in Men

Testosterone is the major sex hormone in men. It affects bodily functions including:

  • Sperm production
  • Sex drive
  • Muscle strength and size
  • Deepening voice during puberty
  • Bone growth and strength
  • Growth of facial, body, and pubic hair in puberty
  • Development of the penis and testes
  • May play a role in hair loss later in life

Testosterone may play other important roles that we don’t know about yet. Your ideal level of testosterone is difficult to calculate. Levels can vary over time and even over a single day.

Testosterone declines with age, but it is a slow decline. Testosterone decreases 1% to 2% per year. More than 33% of men over 45 may have lower than normal testosterone levels. Symptoms of low testosterone may include:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased breast size
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of body hair
  • Hot flashes