3 Types of Testosterone

For men who are considering the benefits of testosterone therapy in San Diego, you may be surprised to learn that the body has not just one, but three different subtypes of testosterone.

SHBG-Bound Testosterone

Half of the testosterone in the male body is bound to a special protein called SHBG, or sex hormone binding globulin. Produced in the liver, SHBG plays an important part in regulating how much free testosterone is circulating throughout the body. The body can’t access SHBG-bound testosterone to boost energy levels or help build muscle, because the protein binding process renders this testosterone biologically inactive.

Albumin-Bound Testosterone

This subtype of testosterone is bound to a protein as well, which is also produced by the liver. Although albumin-bound testosterone is also biologically inactive, the bond between testosterone and albumin is much weaker than in SHBG-bound testosterone, and can be easily broken down so the body can access testosterone in a free state if needed.

Free Testosterone

Free T is not bound to any other molecules or proteins, leaving it free to enter cells and activate the necessary receptors for proper functioning. This type of testosterone is very minimal in the body, accounting for only 2 to 3 percent of total overall testosterone levels. Increasing the amount of Free T in the bloodstream will maximize the benefits of testosterone.

Male hormone replacement therapy from ENERGENEX in San Diego helps increase the amount of free testosterone in the body, making it more accessible to your cells. This helps to increase energy levels and alleviate the symptoms of Low T, bringing you back to optimum health.