Whenever you hear the word testosterone it almost always conjures images of manly men clad in a full beard performing some feat of strength. This male hormone is really what makes men, men. The hormone is produced by the testes and although women’s ovaries produce some testosterone, much more is produced by men and it was gives men many of the characteristics such as facial hair, deep voices, muscle mass and it is even responsible for the male libido.
What Is Normal
So how much testosterone do medical experts recognize as normal in healthy men? On average, the normal range is 270 to 1070 nanograms per deciliter with an average of 679 ng/dL. Testosterone levels peak in males around the age of 20 and begin to decline slowly over the rest of a man’s life. Any testosterone level that is found outside of this range is considered out of balance with many experts generally accepting that the healthiest men have testosterone levels between 400 – 600 ng/dL.
Can There Be Too Much Testosterone
There are many benefits to having a higher level of testosterone in the body. High testosterone levels can, for example, normalize blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. It can also help raise energy levels as well allowing you to be more active for a much longer period of time and it can even increase libido. However, many of these effects are only nominal and with high testosterone there also comes many symptoms that are both physical and mental.
There are many physical signs that your testosterone levels might be on the high side. Hair loss, for example, is often found in men with above average testosterone levels. Believe it or not, excess testosterone levels can actually overwhelm the male reproductive system and cause the testes to essentially shut down. This causes the testicles to shrink over time. The high amount of testosterone can also lower your sperm count before it shuts down your reproductive system entirely.
While there are physical symptoms, many of the most common systems of high testosterone can be found in the mental and emotional health of men. Many men with above normal levels of testosterone could experience paralyzing depression and could show more signs of aggression in stressful situations. Men with high testosterone can be easy to anger and even experience mood swings that consist of severe ups and downs taking the man from extreme happiness to anger.
High testosterone levels have also been linked to an increase in risky behavior. According to researchers at Pennsylvania State University, men with high testosterone were 24% more likely to report one or more physical injuries, 32% were more likely to drink five or more drinks in a day, 35% were more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease and were a staggering 151% more likely to smoke.
Researchers also found that as testosterone levels rose, the likelihood of risky behavior increased as well. This doesn’t mean that every man with high testosterone is doomed as many men with above average levels lead normal, happy lives. However, if you experience some of these symptoms, it may be wise to consult with a health care professional and have your testosterone levels checked.
Many men with above normal levels of testosterone could experience paralyzing depression and could show more signs of aggression in stressful situations. Young man grimacing and hand gesturing, outdoors, portrait While there are physical symptoms, many of the most common systems of high testosterone can be found in the mental and emotional health of men. Female Doctor Taking Male Patient's Blood Pressure There are many benefits to having a higher level of testosterone in the body.
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