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Women in love have higher testosterone for the few months after a relationship starts than women who are single or in long-term relationships, a small Italian study suggests.

The opposite is true for men; those newly in love have lower testosterone than men flying solo or with a long-term partner.

As with early passion, though, the changes don’t last. When the researchers tested the study participants again one to two years later, the differences had disappeared.

Making money effects it. Young men who are futures traders get a testosterone spike on days when they make an above-average profit, British researchers found.

And on the mornings when men’s testosterone levels were higher than average, their average afternoon profits were higher than on their low-testosterone days, suggesting a possible cause-and-effect relationship.

More experienced traders showed an even stronger tie between testosterone and profits. YOU DANG RIGHT MAKING MONEY MAKES ONES’ ANATOMY HARD...(hehehe)

In men, taking steroid hormones such as testosterone as performance boosters can cause testicles to shrink and breasts to grow. For women, it can cause a deeper voice, an enlarged clitoris, hair loss from the head, and hair growth on the body and face.

In both genders, steroid abuse can cause acne, mood swings, aggression, and other problems.

Men working with an experienced doctor to treat low testosterone or women taking small amounts of testosterone under medical supervision are unlikely to have testosterone-overdose symptoms.

In the run-up to a competition, whether it’s wrestling or chess, a man’s testosterone levels rise, studies have shown.

After the game, the winner’s testosterone will increase even more. And fans’ hormone levels seem to mirror those of their athletic idols. In a group of 21 men watching a Brazil vs. Italy World Cup match, the Brazil fans’ testosterone levels increased after their team won, but the Italy fans’ testosterone fell. GIRLFRIENDS OF THESE MEN NEED TO BE CLOSE BY AFTER A GREAT GAME…(*WINK*)

Obese men tend to have lower testosterone than thinner men, Dr. Dobs says. It’s not clear why, she adds, although one possible reason is that obesity promotes a state of widespread inflammation in the body.

“When there’s fat cells, there’s a lot of inflammatory factors,” she says. “These inflammatory factors have been associated with suppression of testosterone synthesis.”

Men are often diagnosed with low testosterone after a single test. This is a big problem, says Neil Goodman, MD, an endocrinologist and professor of medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

“If I take blood on a guy and I send it to three labs, I’m going to get three different levels,” he says.

Efforts are underway to standardize blood tests. In the meantime, testosterone should be checked more than once, Dr. Goodman says, and done in the morning when testosterone is highest. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER IN MY WORLD THAN A ‘MORNING RISE’…(*HEHEHE*)

It would be great if an aging man’s vigor, muscle power, and sex drive could be restored with testosterone.

But it is not clear whether therapy will do anything for the 75% to 80% of men over 65 who have normal levels of testosterone.

Men with below-normal levels, however, may get a boost in libido, sexual function, and bone mass from supplemental testosterone. And it may help diabetic men with low testosterone build lean muscle mass.

In 2010, researchers halted a study of testosterone therapy in older men because of a higher rate of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack in the group taking testosterone instead of placebo.

The reason isn’t clear, but caution should be used in prescribing testosterone to older men in poor health, Dr. Goodman says. Declining testosterone in men is associated with health problems, but this doesn’t mean giving older men testosterone will extend lifespans, he says.

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