Many associate high testosterone with professional athletes and bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids. The “roid rage” phenomenon suggests that high testosterone levels lead to aggression and instability. On the contrary, healthy testosterone levels help prevent depression and support cognitive function, says Navar. Only the abuse of synthetic testosterone analogs may lead to these unwanted behavioral side effects. The belief that old age must come with muscle loss, weight gain and decreased energy does not necessarily ring true. Youthful level of testosterone may be maintained with proper exercise, diet and supplementation with herbs or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
The benefits of increasing testosterone cannot be overstated. Higher testosterone levels may improve heart health, body weight, body composition, mood and memory. For fitness enthusiasts who participate in recreational sports or resistance training, optimizing testosterone levels can make a huge difference in your performance. With higher testosterone levels you burn fat faster and recover from workouts in less time. Testosterone also naturally boosts the immune system, promotes healthy blood glucose metabolism and boosts energy. Read more: Livestrong.com