When common people often hear the word androgen, the first thing that comes to their mind is the male reproductive organ. This is primarily because of the huge role of androgen in the male body. Most people have mistaken it for a part of the male reproductive organ but in fact, it is a natural or synthetic compound—usually related to the steroid hormone. To develop and build some muscles in the body, the steroid hormone is there to assist.
Androgen receptors are there to welcome the steroid hormone through vertebrates (specifically, the bindings found in it). Part of this activity is the reproductive organs of the male resulting to secondary sex characteristics in makes. Steroid hormones are also the backbone of estrogens. However, testosterone still remains to be the better-known testosterone (Zimmer, 2005, p. 92). Androgens come in different functions and types. In women, Mullerian ducts do not develop becomes androgens prevent it.
Because of this, no reproductive tract tissues and fallopian tubes are created. In men, the “paracrine hormones” are made to assist in the formation of sperm cells. What androgens are most famous for is the role they play in the development of the skeletal muscles in men. Androgen is responsible for the elevation of skeletal muscle cells. It also works in a synchronized fashion to develop utility of muscles in manner of moving on different types of cells in the muscle tissues found in the bones.
While it is true that androgen is a big help when it comes to the reproductive organs of both males and females, it cannot be denied that it can damage the brain of humans. Studies are there to prove how sensitive neurons are when getting in contact with steroid hormones (Zimmer, 2005, p. 92). Androgen may enhance the libido of an individual, as well as his aggression. Athletes use steroid hormones and since the use is becoming overwhelming, it has already been prohibited because of the potential harms it can cause (Schwartz, 2005, p. 5245). Above all these, it sure always helps to be extra precautious.
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