How Much Testosterone Do You Need?

How Much Testosterone Do You Need?

Finally, there is more and more information being made available to men regarding low testosterone levels.  But, how do you know if your levels are low, and what happens when you are told that your levels are normal for a man your age?  The signs and symptoms of having low testosterone have been clearly established.  Replacing testosterone in men who have low levels have been widely studied.  It is important to get the right dose just for you, because one size dose does not fit all.  The important role of replacing testosterone in men has a dramatic impact of the quality and quantity of life.

The levels that are set by laboratory testing companies have big margins between one lab and another.  That means one company might have your level as low, and another as being ‘normal”.  What this really means is that those levels are just one tool used to help your doctor diagnose you as being low in testosterone.  It is a fact that this magic number used as a bench mark of being normal or low in testosterone is just a made-up number.  We do know normal ranges for men, and this should be considered when being treated with testosterone. The optimum goal is to bring your testosterone levels back to a more youthful age.

Men who have low testosterone levels experience many signs and symptoms of andropause (male menopause).  These include loss of energy, muscle mass, libido; poor work performance, weight gain, trouble sleeping, depression, erectile dysfunction, and bone loss to name just a few. The gradual loss of testosterone over the years often makes these symptoms creep up on men instead of being a sudden transition. 

Replacing testosterone in deficient men helps to reverse most of the effects and symptoms of low testosterone.  Testosterone has shown to reverse osteoporosis, help with muscle loss and strength, help with depression and mood, improve performance and enhance quality of life.  What is known about men that have low testosterone levels is that they have more heart attacks, heart disease, higher rates of prostate cancer and die younger.

The right dose for each man is very specific to his needs and health. “One dose fits all”, is a tragic mistake, and getting too much testosterone can be dangerous and is foolish. The best course of action is to put the levels back into a healthy, younger range.  The dose can always be raised, but lowering it can be difficult.

Testosterone replacement in the right dosage form and the right dose can have dramatic beneficial effects in men. 


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