We already know testosterone is essential for the physical and mental wellbeing of both men and women. And a low testosterone number can lead to a myriad of health problems, including fatigue, depression, low libido, and a decline in muscle mass.
In this article, we’ll therefore look together at:
- How testosterone is measured and what the average testosterone number is
- Why knowing your testosterone number is important
- How to balance your testosterone levels
How is Testosterone Measured?
Your testosterone number is the amount of testosterone in your body and your healthcare provider can assess it through a simple blood test to determine if you’re within the normal range for testosterone levels.
So, What Should Your Testosterone Number Be?
If you’ve been looking on the internet, you’ll have seen that the published ranges encompass a lower limit, a mean average, and an upper limit .
The lower and upper limits delineate where health conditions might occur if they’re breached.
You can find our own representative charts here.
However, don’t be worried about charts showing slightly different figures. (We’ll explain what matters in a moment.) But as an example, according to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the normal range for men is usually between 300 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) and for women between 15 and 70 ng/dL. Yet According to the CDC, the average ranges are 122-1057 ng/dL for men and 8.37-48.8 ng/dL for women.
The thing to know is that these ranges may not only vary according to the time your blood sample was taken but also among different labs as they might use different measurement systems.
As always, it’s best to discuss your results with your healthcare practitioner. You want an optimum number for you to be in the best of health.
What Can Affect Testosterone Levels?
Your testosterone number can be affected by a variety of conditions such as:
- Chronic stress
- Hypothalamus or pituitary gland dysfunction
- Low thyroid function
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Injury or infection in the testicles for men
- PCOS for women
- Chronic illness
- Tumors on the ovaries, or testicular cancer
- Side effects of certain medications, drugs, or supplements
You can see why your number might vary on a continuum from low through mean average to high! So let’s take a look at those lower levels and what it might lead to.
Does Having Low Testosterone Levels Matter?
Absolutely! For both men and women, suffering from low-T can lead to a range of issues, including:
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Decrease in muscle mass
- Coronary heart disease
- Loss of libido
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic health problems
Having low-T can lead to serious consequences and be even life-threatening, if untreated! So that’s a reason to consult with your healthcare provider if you have worrying symptoms – because there are also solutions!
A Functional Approach to Fixing Your Testosterone Hormone Imbalance
Your doctor should go the extra mile and take a close look at what’s actually causing your hormonal imbalance.
This means they can create a personalized recovery plan that addresses the cause and not the symptoms.
The first step in a functional approach will often be to live a healthier life to start with! So hard to do in cold weather! But you can significantly help increase your testosterone levels if you:
- Shed the extra weight
- Eat healthier by reducing saturated fats and increasing omega-3 fatty acids
- Drink less alcohol
- Smoke less (or completely stop)
- Get more zzz’s
- Find ways to reduce stressful situations
However, if the tips above don’t really do the trick or your healthcare provider uncovers any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, PCOS, or other chronic illnesses, they may offer you hormone optimization therapy.
The aim will be to bring your testosterone number more in line with the center area of those charts we talked about.
Give Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) a Try
A safe, effective, and natural solution for testosterone imbalance is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), one of the most common hormone optimization therapies.
BHRT uses natural, plant-based hormones that are identical to the ones your body produces.
This therapy can be administered as:
However, our team prefers to use BHRT testosterone pellet therapy for a number of reasons (including effectiveness, compliance, and convenience for you) – but we always discuss your options with you.
The pellets are inserted under your skin during an in-office procedure. They continuously release hormones into the body exactly when your body calls for them.
This helps restore testosterone levels and balance other hormones.
The length of this therapy depends on your own needs and goals, and those will be determined together with your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doctor.
However, restoring your hormone levels with BHRT helps with:
- Bone health
- Brain function
- Cardiovascular health
- Increasing energy levels and libido
- Having better sleep
- Growing stronger nails and hair
- Decreasing the risk of chronic illnesses
You’ll feel youthful and energetic, and your body will thank you!
Healthy Aging is Our Priority at Evexias Denver
Knowing your testosterone number and understanding how it affects your overall health is important.
If your testosterone levels are lower than normal, Evexias Denver offers a functional approach to hormone therapy, by looking at the root causes, understanding prevention, and offering a holistic treatment plan to restore your hormones to healthy levels.
Your wellness is our passion. Our highly skilled and experienced team guides and supports you in receiving the right treatment for your individual needs. Contact us today to discuss your concerns.
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