No two men are the same; accordingly, neither are their testosterone levels. What is considered a ‘normal’ level of testosterone can range anywhere from 300 nanograms per deciliter to 1,000, with the average being around 670 ng/dL. With a significantly vast scope, it is safe to say that the majority of men will fit somewhere within these bounds; however, for those who fall below this level, the body may begin to manifest a variety of symptoms indicating low testosterone, which may be obvious in some men, more than others.
Signs of low testosterone include:
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Reduced libido and/or erectile dysfunction and/or reduced fertility
- Weight gain
- Reduced physical strength, energy and stamina
- Hair loss
- Heart-related issues
Some researchers have indicated that the healthiest men have testosterone levels between 400 and 600 ng/dL. Of course, the older a man gets, the lower his testosterone levels are likely to drop – this is an inevitable fact of life. Research suggests that while testosterone peaks at around age 20, a consistent drop in levels of 1% in men aged between 30 and 50 is nothing out of the ordinary. Luckily, this can be countered by adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.
If any of the above information strikes a chord with you, it may be worth getting your testosterone checked to confirm if your levels are depleted. A simple blood test conducted by your doctor will determine whether or not you require treatment; they can also discuss the best option for you regarding medication. It is worth noting that your levels can also vary substantially throughout the day, with levels peaking in the morning, and dipping in the afternoon – this may be worth noting when booking your appointment.