Who should think about getting tested?
Why get tested?
Unusual testosterone levels could be an indicator of a number of serious health problems. Many of these conditions can intrude on everyday life and general wellbeing. If affected, you may want to understand their causes and learn what can be done to help.
When should I get tested?
You might want to test your testosterone levels if you’re a man above 40 or you’re getting any of the following symptoms:
- you’re losing muscle mass or finding it hard to exercise
- you’re putting on a lot of weight, especially around your stomach or chest
- you feel like you don’t have enough energy
- you’re often tired or you have trouble sleeping
- you have poor concentration and memory
- you’re getting mood swings and irritability
Testosterone deficiency is rare and testosterone levels normally only drop 1-2% each year after the age of 40. There are other reasons why your testosterone levels might drop, including:
- your lifestyle
- psychological problems
- late-onset hypogonadism
- diabetes type 2
If you often can’t get or keep erections then you might have a condition called erectile dysfunction. A low testosterone level is one possible cause of erectile dysfunction, but it only applies to 4-9% of men who have erectile dysfunction. Many men think about boosting their testosterone to improve their sexual performance but it’s not the right choice for most people.
What is a good testosterone level?
Testosterone levels are affected by age and gender. Generally, testosterone levels in adult men between 7.6 - 31.4 nmol/L are considered normal.
What can cause low testosterone levels?
Testosterone levels will normally peak in a man’s early 20s and gradually decrease over time. There are certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices which can contribute to lower levels of testosterone. These include:
- Some medications used to treat prostate cancer
- Injury or infection of the testicles
- Alcohol abuse
- Use of anabolic steroids
- Obesity or extreme weight loss
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