Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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What Does Testosterone Do?

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 03:58 PM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Many people assume testosterone is a “male” hormone. But both men and women produce testosterone — in the testicles in men and in the adrenal glands in men and women. Smaller amounts of testosterone are also produced in women’s ovaries.
 
Testosterone production begins early in fetal development and continues throughout life. It helps to build muscle and bone. In fact, it is impossible to build muscle in men and women without adequate amounts of testosterone.
 
Other functions of testosterone include:
 
•Decreases blood clotting
 
•Decreases visceral fat
 
•Decreases total cholesterol Improves bone density
 
•Improves glucose control
 
•Improves libido
 
•Maintains mental and physical energy
 
•Improves cardiovascular health
 
•Prevents neurodegenerative disorders

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