The Effects of Testosterone Among Healthy Men and Men With Low-T

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on April 30th, 2024
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Most men assume that high Testosterone Levels are a sign of optimal health.

Most guys have it in their head that more is better.

That just isn't always the case, however, and it's especially true with Testosterone. To protect and preserve your wellness, it's only necessary to have Testosterone Levels in the normal range.

Still, men across the globe are turning to OTC Testosterone Supplements that purport to boost Testosterone Levels sky-high, presumably to help men feel stronger and sexier.

Our Hormone Clinic does not recommend that men artificially increase their Testosterone Levels above the normal range.

This vastly increases the risk of side-effects even when using pharmaceutical-grade Testosterone, and the use of Over-the-Counter Testosterone Supplements only increases the chances further.

Clinical Research shows that having Testosterone Levels in the healthy range is optimal, and there are no severe benefits to amplifying your Testosterone Levels further, beyond merely increased muscle mass.

What Are Normal Testosterone Levels?

There is still a lot of institutional debate regarding what is officially considered the Normal Range for Testosterone, but the consensus is that T-Levels between 300 and 1000 ng/dl are ideal.

To date, there are still questions being asked regarding the benefits of being at the top of this range vs. being at the bottom.

At this time, all signs suggest that there is only a minimal difference in wellness between those toward the bottom of the Healthy Testosterone span and its highest bound.

Dr. Bhasin of Harvard Medical School agrees. He says that libido and energy are most profoundly affected by those with Testosterone Production below 300 ng/dl.

Recent research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association examined the difference in the effects of Testosterone Replacement for patients with Clinically Low Testosterone (average 230 ng/dl) to those that received HRT Treatment in the Low but Normal Range (300+).

Both groups received Testosterone Replacement Therapy sufficient to boost Testosterone to 500 ng/dl. The Low Testosterone Group experienced significant benefits in fatigue-reduction and sex drive, while those in the Low-Normal Range experienced no such tangible benefit.

The Effects of Testosterone on Muscle Mass

There is one particular area where Testosterone Treatments have an impact regardless of starting Testosterone Levels—Muscle Mass.

Testosterone Injections, Patches, and Creams have a proven anabolic effect on muscle mass, which makes it popular among those that want to improve strength and muscle mass.

While this may be the case, the risks associated with Artificially High Testosterone Levels are much more significant than the benefits.

On the other hand, amplifying Testosterone in this way does not benefit elderly men in areas that are most important, specifically about general mobility.

Who Should Use Testosterone and Why Do Testosterone Levels Fall?

There are lots of things that cause Testosterone Production to drop. Chronic Inflammation can tap stores of important Testosterone Precursors. Obesity converts existing Testosterone into Estrogen Compounds.

Even being around your kids can have a suppressive impact on Testosterone Production, likely for evolutionary reasons.

In general, though, we all experience the same pathway of Testosterone Decline. Testosterone Production plateaus during the twenties before finally beginning a progressive decline from age thirty, onward.

Testosterone Production falls by around 1% per year, not enough to notice in a year or even five years, but it can eventually have an impact, depending on your physiological baseline Testosterone Production.

Low Testosterone is a relatively common medical issue for aging men, affecting around 5% of guys in their fifties, contributing primarily to problems like fatigue and low sex drive.

Currently, the FDA gives explicit approval for men with Testosterone Levels below 300 ng/dl to initiate Testosterone Therapy. Some men lose Testosterone Production because of illness, disease, or trauma.

Others need Testosterone because aging has depleted their ability to produce Testosterone. Most insurance companies cover Testosterone Replacement Therapy as long as the patient is experiencing symptoms, and Testosterone Levels are verified twice before Low-T Treatment is prescribed.

The Endocrine Society agrees with the FDA's guidelines as of March 2018, and strongly recommends that men at high risk for Prostate Cancer or those that have had a heart attack or stroke in the last six months not take Testosterone.

Every Man Has Unique Testosterone Needs

While the FDA Suggests that Bio-Identical Testosterone is only for use by patients with Testosterone Levels below 300 ng/dl, these recommendations are not legally binding, and doctors are urged to prescribe Testosterone at their discretion.

Many doctors choose to prescribe Testosterone to men that display the symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency even if Hormone Testing shows that they are in the normal range.

For example, some men report sexual and metabolic benefits from Testosterone at T-Levels as high as 450 ng/dl. Of course, for these patients, there may be a placebo effect at play.

In the end, it's up to you and your doctor whether Testosterone is right for you. Our Licensed Hormone Clinic offers Comprehensive Metabolic Testing for Low-T and other forms of Hormone Imbalance.

If our tests reveal that you may be a candidate for Testosterone Therapy, we provide a range of Low-T Treatment Options designed to boost your vitality and maximize your quality of life!


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