Understanding the Highs and Lows of Testosterone
Getting a high, or even normal testosterone reading, offers some bragging rights for some men once they hit a certain age range. This may be the reason why most men can’t go two feet without seeing an add for testosterone supplements. But what does the average man know about testosterone and what is considered normal testosterone levels? Let’s explore a bit.
Normal testosterone levels in men range from about 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood. For men that are within normal testosterone range levels, elevating their testosterone may not show much of a difference in your energy levels, libido, and overall confidence, but for those men that are under normal levels, it could be life changing.
“You don’t see the big improvement once men are within the normal range,” said Dr. Shalender Bhasin, an endocrinologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The largest differences in terms of energy and sex drive are when men go from below-normal to normal levels.
In a 2015 study, sex drive was improved in men who were considered to have lower than normal testosterone levels – around 230. For those that were already considered to be in the normal range of about 300 to 500, there was no major difference to report.
Around the age of 30, men can expect testosterone levels to decrease, on average, approximately 1 percent per year. While the initial drop may not be too noticeable, for men in their 40’s to 60’s, the drop in testosterone levels can be debilitating. Loss of testosterone over a sustained amount of time can lead to symptoms of loss of libido, sluggishness, and depression, according to some studies.
The Food and Drug Administration approves testosterone therapy in the form of gels and injections for men with levels under 300. Men that have had a stroke or heart attack within the last six months, or who are at a greater risk for prostate cancer, should avoid testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy and treatment has also exploded as a niche industry, catering to men suffering from low testosterone levels. Companies like Ehormones MD, with locations throughout the country, help men take a proactive approach towards treating the effects often associated with low testosterone.
Hormone and testosterone therapy companies typically provide full-service when it comes to treatment. Patients can often expect an initial consultation, scheduled lab work, meeting with a physician that regularly treats low testosterone patients, prescribed testosterone therapy treatment, and more.
However, it’s important to understand that testosterone therapy services like those provided by Ehormones MD are not a one or two month process, and patients should be aware that longer commitments, like gym memberships, are often the norm.
Joshua Zuckerman, Ehormones MD President, states that “a patient must be on hormone replacement therapy for a minimum six months to achieve full benefits, but most choose our 12-month program due to the volume discounts” the pharmacy offers for longer-term commitments.
If you feel that you may be a candidate for testosterone therapy, or have additional questions on the topic, speak with your physician to get a full understanding of what normal testosterone levels are in men of your age.