So what is Testosterone? Well, simply put it is the naturally occurring male sex hormone produced by the testes. As we get older the amount of Testosterone produced by the body itself reduces so we need either a boost of Testosterone or suffer the symptoms. Testosterone is also responsible for the building of muscle and bone mass, sperm production, and sex drive.
We can therefore split Testosterone (commonly referred to as either Testo or just T) into two different areas, muscle and bone mass which are useful in both younger to middle age. Men who want to get in shape or add more muscle quickly will increase T production using boosters and supplements. The other area is sex based so again the younger and middle aged man who either struggles with getting an erection or has a low sex drive might want to boost their levels of T to increase sperm counts, sex drive or just get it on.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the normal range for Testosterone in a man is between 300 and 1000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). So, to have low T levels need to fall below 300 ng/dL
Some of the key symptoms of low Testosterone are:
• Low sex drive
• Changed or disrupted sleep patterns
• Low semen volume
• Hair loss
• Difficulty with getting an erection
• Tiredness / fatigue
• Reduced muscle mass / reduced strength
• Increased body fat
• Decreased bone mass
• Mood changes
Anyone with teenage children will recognise some of these symptoms as the body starts to produce Testosterone in larger volume as boys grow older. Reverse the list above and you get high sex drive, sleeping all hours, semen production for the first time, hair sprouting, erections at inopportune times, too much energy, increased muscles and reduce fat, larger bone density and everyone’s favourite teenage trait, mood changes.
It works both ways, when Testosterone is produced in volume for the first time and when Testosterone levels start to decrease. The symptoms are the same, just totally opposite.
A gradual decrease in T levels in men is part of getting old, but unlike women who can experience a rapid drop in hormone levels when going through the menopause (the change), men experience a drop in T levels over time, so it can be more difficult to spot the symptoms until levels are very low.
There are cases where T levels in men can reduce at a younger age and although not common it can happen even to healthy men. There are many reasons why T levels can reduce or indeed for T levels to never really get overly high in the first place.
Some of the reasons are simply due to poor diet and lifestyle. Most of the reasons for low T listed below are reversable with better life choices, others are not. The causes and symptoms maybe linked to other medical conditions which should be diagnosed by and treated by a trained medical professional.
Some contributing factors to low T are:
• Obesity or being overweight
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Illegal drug use
• Steroid abuse
The link between poor diet, being overweight and low T are well documented which is why although this website is dedicated to Testosterone Boosters I have a number of Fat Burners and Workouts on the website to blend not only a way to increase T but also ways to help keep levels higher naturally without the need to simulate production.