Signs Of High Testosterone
Have you ever wondered what elevated testosterone levels can do to the physical and emotional traits of a man? Maybe you’re wondering if you yourself have elevated testosterone levels. Or, like many men, maybe you are trying to boost your testosterone levels.
Testosterone, which is the primary male sex hormone, plays a key role in the development of just about every masculine feature in a man. With elevated T levels those features become more pronounced. If you think that you may have elevated T levels, or are trying to increase your T levels, take a look at the physical symptoms that follow. They are the 6 most common signs of high testosterone in men.
1) Increased Growth in Both Facial and Body Hair
There’s a reason why females don’t grow beards or have chest hair. It all comes down to testosterone, which women have very little of. So what is it about this magical hormone found in abundance in men that makes hair grow? Men have an enzyme in their bodies (5a-reductase), which converts testosterone into an androgen called DHT. DHT is directly responsible for hair growth. Because DHT is derived from testosterone, it is not uncommon for men with high T levels to also have high, hair-stimulating, DHT levels.
Now, there are of course exceptions to this rule. There are men with high testosterone levels that do not have hair all over their bodies. If a man does not produce a large amount of 5a-reducatase then not as much hormone will be converted to DHT. As you will read more about below, this is often related to a genetic disposition. However, as a generality, increased hair growth is a sign of high testosterone.
2) Pronounced Jawline
Another major masculizing effect of testosterone is an increase in bone density and bone definition, which often most noticeably results in a very defined jawline.
Professional athletes are a prime example of the effects of high T levels on the jaw line. Professional athletes often take natural supplements (and sometime unnatural supplements, like performance enhancing steroids) to increase their T levels and thus improve their athletic performance as they get deep into their careers.
If you look at before and after photos of many pro athletes, you will be able to see a noticeable difference in the size and definition of their jawlines.
3) Deep Voice and Enlarged Adam’s Apple
The development of the Adam’s apple and a deep voice is most significantly influenced during the time of puberty. If a young man has high T levels as he is undergoing puberty, the muscles and cartridge around the Adam’s apple will grow, as will the muscles around the larynx, that produce a deep voice. This explains why women rarely ever have a noticeable Adam’s apple; they do not experience surges in this hormone during puberty like their male counterparts.
It was long thought that the deepness of a man’s voice and the protrusion of his Adam’s apple were determined during puberty and could not be altered thereafter. New research, however, shows that a man’s voice can become deepened later in life if he significantly boosts his T levels for extended periods of time.
Additional evidence that supports this research have been emerging as transgender individuals have begun receiving hormone injections to assist in their transition from female to male. These individual receive large dosages of testosterone as they transition, and one of the first and most noticeable changes is a deepened voice and more prominent jawline.
5. Male Baldness
As mentioned above, DHT usually results in hair growth. However, in a select group of men the presence of DHT may actually work to cause male pattern baldness. How can this be? How can elevated DHT levels cause hair growth in most men, but hair loss in others?
Certain men have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, which is enhanced if they have high testosterone levels. These men are born with a gene that produces an enzyme which causes DHT to bind to their hair follicles. Once the DHT molecules bind to the follicle, it causes the hair to fall out. So, if you are a man with this predisposition and have more DHT, then more hair will fall out.
If you are an man experiencing hair loss there are effective treatment that you can undergo to regrow hair. However, beware that many of these treatments work by lowering T levels. So, weigh the pros and cons as it may be more beneficial to your overall health to rock the bald head.
6. A Longer Ring Finger
Unlike the previous five examples, this last one is basically determined prior to birth and is indicative of how much testosterone a man received during in utero development.
Recent studies have shown that there is a link between the length of the ring finger in relation to the pointer finger. That is, if a man’s ring finger is longer than his pointer finger, he likely experienced higher T levels as he was developing in the womb. On the contrary, if the pointer finger is longer than the ring finger, he probably experienced lower levels of testosterone during development.