Testosterone Levels for Optimum Health
The importance of maintaining adequate testosterone levels for optimum health is often underrated. So many people associate testosterone use with athletic infractions, such as with the doping scandals from the Rio Summer Olympics that they tend to overlook the real purpose why people should be using testosterone therapy – good health and well-being.
The Russian team’s doping reports are well-known by now to anyone who has even remotely watched the Olympics this summer. Some athletes have even been banned for being in association with coaches or trainers found with illegal pharmaceuticals. How are testosterone levels checked to ensure that the innocent can compete? Blood analysis measures testosterone and other hormone levels. This way an athlete can and often will appeal the ban if his or her blood tests come back clear. The use of hormone therapy of any type in the sports and bodybuilding worlds is illegal. Not only could it give an athlete an unfair advantage over the competition, what is even worse is that these individuals often do not realize the harm that they are doing to their bodies. Supplements such as testosterone are safe when used to correct a deficiency, but increasing the level in the body higher than what is normal often results in dangerous side effects.
How does a person find out what is a testosterone level’s ideal state? This is where contacting a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy is needed. HRT physicians understand that the answer is not always clear as to what constitutes low testosterone. The chart scale for the “normal” range of testosterone is vast, and a person could test below the bottom of the normal range and still have no symptoms of Low T at all. Conversely, another individual could still be at the lower end of the normal spectrum, but be feeling all of the adverse effects of low testosterone levels. This is the person who will be best served with testosterone replacement therapy.
You may wonder what affects testosterone levels that can make them drop, and the answer is many different things. For some people, the problem stems from genetics while others may have chosen poor lifestyle choices along the way. Some people respond to environmental factors while medical issues or injuries can also bring about Low T. Finally, Father Time plays a significant role in the decline of certain hormone levels, testosterone included as aging takes a toll on the body’s natural hormone production.
Testosterone Levels in Men
The average testosterone levels in men over twenty can range from 270 to 1070 ng/dL – coming in at about 679 ng/dL in one’s twenties. Then, by age thirty, the slow decline of between one and two percent a year begins. The analysis of extensive data puts the ideal level of testosterone for middle-aged and older men at 550 ng/dL, and that is the targeted goal of the hormone specialist. This level has shown itself to offer the best results from treatment.
On one testosterone levels chart, males between the ages of 35 and 44 have a median total testosterone level of 668 ng/dL. This drops down to 606 ng/dL between the ages of 45 and 54. On this chart, a man between 65 and 75 would be down to 524. Other testosterone charts show an even more drastic decline, with testosterone levels for males between the ages of 50 and 54 down to 518 ng/dL. Because there is no set consensus on testosterone levels in the medical world, the HRT specialist will use the blood test as a guide when comparing the results to the actual symptoms a man is experiencing in his life. If the symptoms of Low T are present, and blood analysis backs it up with numbers at the lower end of the spectrum, testosterone treatment will help.
Testosterone Levels in Women
When it comes to reviewing the testosterone levels chart, females should not be surprised to hear that their normal average reading will fall between 15 and 70 ng/dL. Although testosterone is the “male” sex hormone, it is extremely important for women, just not in as large a volume.
The bigger concern is that because women’s testosterone levels are so low to begin with compared to a man’s, her body will respond quicker to a decline in testosterone production. Once again, the testosterone levels chart is used as a guide in the diagnostic and treatment discussion for determining Low T in women.
When looking at a female’s testosterone levels, age does play a role. Women under 50 years of age are often considered as having low testosterone with anything less than 25 ng/dL. For those over 50, 20 ng/dL is the cutoff point.
For more information on Low T, as well as how to arrange for blood testing at a local lab, contact the hormone specialists at Kingsberg Medical for a free consultation.