Male Testosterone Levels: What is Normal? Why Your Blood Test May Be Misleading You
Guest Post by Body RX patient, Josh M.:
This is my personal testimony as a patient of Body RX. As a patient of Body RX Miami under Testosterone Replacement Therapy since mid-2019, I’ve experienced a remarkable improvement in my sleep quality, daily energy levels, focus, lean muscle mass, confidence, and even skin health. There are of course other improvements which I won’t mention publicly, but suffice it to say, I’m a changed man. I’ve decided to share my thoughts and feedback as a patient.
I’ve always considered myself a healthy person. I grew up playing sports, and exercised regularly as an adult. While I had a few bad habits like staying awake until late hours of the night, I tried to be as healthy as possible by maintaining a good nutritional diet, staying away from drinking alcohol, smoking, and drugs.
But even with all my efforts of following a balanced nutrition, taking multivitamins, and regular exercise, I was always tired. Like really tired, all the time.
Being a childhood cancer survivor, I imagined this chronic fatigue was somehow related to my childhood illness, or perhaps some new chronic illness I hadn’t been diagnosed with. I never would’ve imagined this was related to a hormonal issue, but someone once suggested that I should get my Testosterone levels checked. So I went to my primary doctor, not even thinking about the fact that a hormone specialist would be better suited.
Primary Doctor Visit Didn’t Help
My primary care doctor provided a blood test after a brief consultation (not every blood test is the same, I needed a complete hormonal blood panel and got a basic blood test – read more) and told me that my 300 ng/dL Total Testosterone level is normal. He mentioned that symptoms of fatigue or other symtoms related to Low-T were not actually related to Low-T, and that I just needed better sleep.
This was frustrating in part because I felt like if my primary doctor didn’t fully understand my health needs, and perhaps wasn’t the specialist I needed. Many times, doctors will provide a cookie-cutter approach to medicine, especially when it comes to hormones.
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But What is Normal?
It means the average testosterone levels of 1,000 patients for that age. If 1,000 patients took the test and most of them have low testosterone, but they live to 80 years of age, traditional doctors will agree that those levels are indeed acceptable.
They figure, “low levels of testosterone won’t kill them, so it’s ok.”
300 ng/dL levels of Testosterone are not optimal, and I would find that out later in the year after visiting Body RX Miami.
What are normal levels of testosterone?
According to Dr. George Herrera, M.D., normal levels of testosterone should reflect the same as that of a 20 year-old patient, which should be between 800-1,100 ng/dL.
This would mean that many men with levels under the healthy range are thinking they have normal levels of T, unknowingly overlooking the fact they are at higher risk for diabetes (a 2006 study referenced by this NIH source mentions the men with lower baseline levels of total testosterone were at a higher risk for diabetes)
What I tried
As a person that values the power of the human body to heal itself, I tried natural ways to improve testosterone levels, improving my sleep cycle, and eating more meat (I was totally unaware of the foods that help increase testosterone levels, or the foods that can decrease your levels).
Basically, I not only lacked the proper knowledge I needed to make better health decisions for myself, but I also was completely unaware of my levels, so although I was trying natural ways of improving my T levels, I had no reference point of T levels, much less factual data showing a change.
I had seen advertisements for supplements with flashy ads making wild promises to improve Testosterone levels, but I knew any supplement taken orally was limited in its effectiveness, as well as the fact that if I suffered any negative effects from ingesting these questionable supplements, the likelihood of being able to seek resolution from the manufacturer would be unlikely.
It wasn’t until the summer that I came across Body RX, and have since benefited greatly from their hormone optimization services.
My experience at Body RX
Initially, I was skeptical about the medical treatments at Body RX. I visited their Kendall office with an open mind and I did the initial consultation. After a blood test and a doctor’s visit, I found out my T levels were in fact low, and I also got the micronutrient test, which helped me identify which vitamins and nutrients I was deficient in.
In addition to my initial shot of Testosterone Cypionate, I received a number of supplements like Vitamin D, Co-Q 10, and others, to help me keep my body reacting well to the medication.
I was told this is not a common reaction, but the first shot of T provided me with a boost of energy and helped my libido skyrocket like never before, suffce to say my girlfriend was pleasantly shocked.
So far, at the time this article was updated on April of 2021, my body and mind has improved in many ways.
Thanks to Body RX, I consistently have normal levels of T throughout the year, and my life has experienced many benefits as a result of living healthier and learning more about health optimization, something Body RX specializes in.
So, do you want to be at the average levels of testosterone for a population unknowingly living with low-t? Or do you want to be at optimal levels?
Call Body RX today at (786) 899-4514 or (305) 330-6900