Normal Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is an essential hormone produced by all human beings, men and women. However, men need significantly more, approximately ten times the amount of women. In order to maintain our overall health and well-being, we must maintain normal testosterone levels. If our levels fall, we suffer tremendously, and such suffering can include our sexual performance, physical well-being, and even our mental function. Conversely, if we have normal testosterone levels and increase them beyond the normal range we will see each of those areas enhanced. Granted, there are possible side effects due to increasing above normal testosterone levels, but that is a topic for another day.
When it comes to normal testosterone levels, this is a bit of a controversial topic in some circles. As we age our natural testosterone levels decline. As a result, what was once normal is normal no longer. As our levels decline, this often causes us to suffer in the related areas mentioned above. More importantly, what is normal for one man will not be normal for another. We all produce varying levels. At the age of 20, 30, 50 or whatever age you can think of, there will always be a man who produces abnormally high levels, abnormally low levels and anything in-between. This creates a bit of a problem when trying to determine normal testosterone levels. For example, in the U.S. anything below 300ng/dl is considered low. However, if a man naturally produces 800ng/dl and then suddenly falls to 400ng/dl for whatever reason, he's going to notice it in a big way yet he will be denied therapy. Conversely, a man who produces 350ng/dl, if his levels fall to 250ng/dl there's a great chance he'll get the therapy he needs. It is a broken system.
While the system is broken, and that's putting it mildly, there are standard averages when it comes to normal testosterone levels. Unfortunately, the standard averages are often skewed tremendously. In fact, we can safely call this an area of medicine that often ignores data due to the nature of the topic often being emotional. If you scour the charts you will find a host of ranges when it comes to normal testosterone levels. We have found some that state the normal range for men 30-40 years of age is around 600ng/dl, then others that say it's 400ng/dl. We've then found charts that have the under 25 age group to have lower normal testosterone levels than the 35-45 year old age group, which is nothing short of absolute insanity. Why is it insane? No 40 year old man unless he's a genetic freak should be naturally producing anywhere near the level of testosterone as a 20 year old man.
Although we cannot give you a chart that's completely accurate when it comes to normal testosterone levels, we can give you basic, hard facts. Of course, a chart that we can rely on would be nice, but until open and honest work is done it simply cannot be provided.
- Normal testosterone levels vary with age.
- Most men will peak at the age of 25 when it comes to total production. That does not mean all men, some will not peak until their 30's, and they're lucky ones.
- Most men will find their levels begin to drop significantly around the age of 35.
- Most men will find their levels drop significantly as they move through their 40's and often dramatically in their 50's.