Not to mention, I might have been a little more intelligent as well because growth hormone helps with brain development. The precursor to all of this was healthy dietary fats and cholesterol, something I got very little of growing up. And my father would constantly put me down about how physically weak and slow I was compared to all the other kids when I was playing sports. He’d tell me “you need to gain weight”. And coincidentally my mother was and still is very obese. She was almost morbidly obese when I was a kid, she ate nothing but cheesits, potato chips, ice cream, twinkies. Not kidding.
4. Through a complex process that I’m not even going to attempt to describe, our testicles’ Leydig cells convert cholesterol into testosterone. That’s right, cholesterol is the building block of testosterone. Leydig cells get most of what they need to produce T by simply absorbing the cholesterol floating around in our blood from the bacon and eggs we ate in the morning. If there’s not enough cholesterol in our blood, our testicles can produce a bit of it so that the Leydig cells can convert it to testosterone. But relying too much on cholesterol produced by our nuts (of the non-almond variety) can actually inhibit our Leydig cells from producing T . You gotta eat those eggs!
Regulation of testosterone in men is by both luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are both crucial to adequate supplies of testosterone. When testosterone levels are below normal, the hypothalamus releases gonadotropin-releasing hormone that stimulates the pituitary gland to release LH and FSH into the bloodstream that provide the signals needed for the testes to synthesize the production of testosterone. FSH helps to stimulate the production and maturation of sperm cells while the Leydig cells convert cholesterol in the blood into testosterone.