If you asked 1,000 men what their testosterone level is, I am sure that no less than 999 of them would say they have no idea. To sustain an overall health and well-being, you need to maintain proper amounts of testosterone in the body. Testosterone is a steroid hormone necessary to protection against osteoporosis immune function, enhanced libido, and energy. This hormone is also in charge of the development of male attributes like the voice modulation, hair patterns, and muscles. Testosterone is considered a male hormone, and production in men under the puberty stage is said to increase. Below we explore the answers to the common question of whether high or low testosterones is worse, and how can it can be treated.
How High Levels of Testosterone Can Affect You
Excessive levels of this naturally occurring hormone can lead to baldness (many movie star sex symbols are bald from excess testosterone), and there is even a reported link to Prostate cancer with excessively high levels. Normal testosterone levels in the bloodstream are about 359 and 1230 nanograms. When a person behaves volatility, extreme competitiveness, aggressive sexuality, and the need for power — can these be symptoms of high testosterone?
However, high testosterone is not like low testosterone, and testing for high testosterone is rare. There are many side effects of high testosterone level, which include: acne or oily skin, prostate swelling, increased likeliness of sleep apnea, fluid retention, decreased testicle size, and decrease in sperm count. Typically this scenario is not a common problem in men, but rather in women. If you have high levels of testosterone – or believe you do – seeing a hormone physician is your best bet. Again, chances are men will not experience this problem. Their situation may just be the firing of adrenaline/work out pumps/getting into a heated argument.
Why Low Levels of Testosterone Are Actually Terrifying
When levels of testosterone are deficient, research has shown a hardening of the arteries leading to heart disease, excessive weight gain from low levels of energy and activity, loss of muscle mass and low testosterone levels also are directly related to a lower than normal sexual drive. People experience a decline in testosterone production as they age. Situations like constant tiredness, depression, low sex drive and loss of strength as the testosterone level decreases. However, the risk of obesity and heart attack will increase when the level of testosterone is very low.
The inability of the testes to produce enough testosterone will lead to Low testosterone levels. This might cause many chemical, physiologic, and hormonal changes, due to the development which affects the whole body system. Age is not the only culprit for the drop in testosterone production. Some of the factors that may lower testosterone reproduction are environmental toxins, prolonged stress, and depression. Another factor that could reduce production of this hormone is your Lifestyle; smoking, unhealthy diet, excessive drinking, lack of exercise and may damage the testes and lower testosterone production. Other reason includes hypertension, surgeries, prescription or non-prescription medications, use of anabolic steroids, cancers, and infections.
The Bottom Line
Maintaining an average testosterone level is essential to the maintenance of an overall sense of health and well-being. There are many natural solutions to help produce more testosterone in the body. However, more often than not, this is more of a preventative measure, rather than a solution to already having low T. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it would be in your best interest to seek out a hormone physician as soon as possible.
Give us a call at (480) 588-6924 or schedule an appointment with us today to let us check on your testosterone levels for you.