Chemical molecular formula hormone testosterone. Infographics illustration. Man silhouette

New Study Sheds Light on Testosterone Myth

For a long time, testosterone levels have been closely associated with success in America. Men with higher testosterone tend to make more money, live in wealthier neighborhoods, have higher skilled jobs, and have better health.

In women, however, higher testosterone is associated with the exact opposite of all that.

Multiple studies suggest the above, but new research is showing that testosterone and socioeconomic outcomes are likely unrelated.

Testosterone is a sex hormone found in both men and women, and it plays a role in several health factors. Men have significantly higher levels, on average, and it’s associated with various behavioral traits.

Adequate testosterone levels are needed in both genders for optimal health and function. It plays a role in body composition, bone health, and in men, mood and sex drive.

But it may the effects that are attributed to testosterone – and its apparent socioeconomic implications – may have more to do with American culture than genetics.

In men, risky behavior, for example, is celebrated and cited as a way to win and make it to the top. Many may argue that women don’t enjoy the same freedom. That could be one potential explanation for the discrepancy in testosterone’s effects.

That doesn’t mean that the effects of testosterone aren’t real, just that they may be massively overstated. This study, published in Science Advances, suggests that testosterone is likely not nearly as important in socioeconomics as is often perpetuated.

So when you think of testosterone, try to think mainly of its health effects. Men, for the most part, can feel the effects of testosterone tapering off as they get older. To potentially give it a boost, try things like weight lifting, weight loss, and a healthy diet.

You may also want to consider talking to your doctor about other ways to boost testosterone to improve health.


Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.

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