Testosterone has gotten a bad rap. Over the years, it's been blamed as the culprit behind a number of nasty health issues, including: Prostate cancer. Aggressive behaviour. Urinary problems. Heart disease. And mood disorders, just to name a few. But the truth is that this is a gross misunderstanding of how testosterone works in the body. Testosterone is essential for both men and women and it's never been shown to have an adverse effect on any of the conditions listed above! Today I'm going to show you the real enemy. It's the "thief in the night" responsible for enlarging your prostate, causing urinary dysfunction even male pattern baldness. Put this "thief" behind bars with methods that also happen to cause severe sexual dysfunction. But I'll give you a way to fight back that's scientifically-proven to work Just as well and I guarantee my approach won't leave you frustrated in the bedroom!
Testosterone can convert in the body to a different hormone, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This conversion is the job of an important enzyme in the body, called 5-Alpha reductase, or 5AR. And it's the activity of this enzyme and the subsequent production of DHT that can potentially cause problems. Balance is the critical issue (as is the case for everything in the body!). You see, DHT itself actually has a number of good uses in the body, such as:
- Improves both sexual drive and ability in men
- Tones and strengthens muscles in the body
- Improves the health of the heart, the brain, and the production of red blood cells
- Reduces the risk of some cancers, the level of cholesterol in the blood, and blood sugar elevation and has a positive effect in autoimmune disorders. But of course, with the good comes the bad. The hormone:
- Can worsen or even cause acne.
- Is the main cause of male pattern baldness
- Is associated with higher rates of breast cancer when women have increased DHT levels
- Causes or contributes to prostate symptoms and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH); Has a complex relationship with prostate cancer but certainly seems to accelerate it if there already is prostate cancer present
- Is associated with depression in women.
The symptoms most associated with DHT, though, are the enlargement of the prostate and associated urinary symptoms, and the loss of hair at the temples and on the top of the head (so-called male pattern baldness). Hence, pharmaceutical companies have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to block DHT.