Recalling information is one big facet of human civilization as billions are being spent yearly on brain-bending – the ability to accurately recall facts easily. However, one question that is often asked is what causes forgetfulness? Theories abound, one is that hormones are culprits, for instance, the hormone testosterone has been linked with memory failure.
Testosterone is one vital hormone that is necessary for a man to function properly. It affects everything in a man, from hair growth to behavior (aggressiveness or calmness), to sexuality. Thus, it can be seen that testosterone is critical, little wonder it is called the ‘male hormone.’ The human body is like a machine; it is interconnected. An issue in one part can affect another part, so it happens that low testosterone levels would have an impact on a man.
How then does testosterone affect memory? A hormone called cortisol is necessary for a male to remember things. Cortisol is regulated by none other than the hormone testosterone. When a man has low testosterone, the cortisol is not controlled properly. A result of this lack of control is malfunctioning neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical compounds that send messages across the neural networks in the brain. When a message gets delivered to the wrong place, it is hard to recall later. It is even hard to remember whether the event ever took place. Thus a complicated process stemming from low testosterone causes one to forget.
Low testosterone is caused by many issues ranging from an inactive sex life to an extreme build-up of fats in the body. Old age is also a factor that contributes to low testosterone level. Hormone therapy is necessary to bring a man’s testosterone level back to normal.
For males 65 years and older, sadly the testosterone level might not go back to normal as regards cognitive ability which involves remembering. According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was discovered that a one-year of low testosterone therapy didn’t improve cognitive ability in the male subjects.
It is bad for testosterone levels to drop especially if the person is a young man, but participating in testosterone therapy depends on the individual. The choice is an important one and should be discussed with a physician.