Just like every other component of the body, testosterone levels should be balanced. This reflects our natural requirement for homeostasis.
Homeostasis is a process that recalibrates our bodies after some form of change has occurred. For example, shivering is a response to cold weather. The heat generated by the rapid shaking of your body is meant to balance its temperature when exposed to the cold. All other chemicals involved in bodily processes call for the same level of balance.
Though many worry about their testosterone levels being too low, oftentimes men don’t realize that their levels can also be too high. In some cases, this can’t be prevented because an individual’s natural range of testosterone is elevated above the mean for men their age. In other cases, individuals might actively seek to increase their hormones levels even though doing so might come with adverse effects.
High testosterone levels can be beneficial in that the hormone can help normalize blood pressure and decrease the risk of obesity and heart attacks. However, some who purposefully increase their testosterone levels don’t understand what their body’s limit is, inciting a range of negative effects. Too much testosterone can cause hypertension, liver disease, skin infection, high red blood cell counts, shrinking testicles, and infertility.
Just like low testosterone comes with its host of complications, so does high testosterone. This makes maintaining a healthy level of the hormone crucial for the development of males under 18, and adult functioning overall. Women can also possess too much testosterone. In severe cases, this results in the appearance of male-like characteristics, infertility, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).