If you asked 1,000 men what is their testosterone level, I am sure that no less than 999 of them would say they have no idea.
Excessive levels of this naturally occurring hormone can lead to baldness (many a movie star sex symbol was bald from excess testosterone), and there is even a reported link to Prostate cancer and excessively high levels.More information read more.
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.
On face value, the medical industry and researchers may say that normal is somewhere between 241 and 847 ng/dl (ng=nano grams and dl=deci-liters). But in fact this measure is misleading if used as an average figure for all men.
The issue is that young men (who would normally have a much higher level and be healthy) simply don’t get tested. It is only middle -men and the elderly who have the blood tests necessary to find out their current level.
When the database is skewed with older men’s testosterone levels, which will naturally be lower later in life – if you are a younger man and found to have a level of 250 ng/dl, in fact you are at a below normal level.
The healthy level for a man is better stated as closer to 800. At this level a young man’s physical well-being is easily maintained, and the man has an energy for life and activity that will keep him fit and healthy well into old age.
An older man with a similar level will not suffer the loss of muscle mass, and he will still be active on the golf course well into his 80’s.
The point is that without going to the other extreme of too high a testosterone level, almost all men – especially those taking on hard physical work, training or sports should supplement their naturally produced testosterone to maintain a healthy and active life.