Testosterone and Health are linked in multiple ways and there are several benefits to having healthy testosterone levels for both men & women. In this article we are going to be exploring what those health benefits are, another article worth reviewing to get an idea of the other end of the spectrum and what happens when you have low T/ are estrogen dominant is this Testosterone & Health – The Negative Health Impact Of Low T article.
Do Men & Women need to produce testosterone
Both men & women need to have healthy testosterone levels, this does mean slightly different things for both sexes. Both males & females need to have a balance between testosterone & estrogen. Men need to have more testosterone compared with estrogen & women are supposed to have more estrogen compared to testosterone.
The most important thing to note is that both men & women need to produce testosterone and having too little can bring on the negatives side effects listed in the article above. Whereas having healthy levels (as covered they differ for men & women) bring multiple health benefits for both males & females which we will be going through in this article.
What Are Healthy Testosterone Levels
Testosterone levels in men tend to peak around the age of 20 & will lower as you age, this decrease tends to ramp up at around the age of 30+ (men can experience as much as 1% drop per year). As a general rule for men these are what are considered low normal & high levels:
Low testosterone: 300 ng/dl & below
Normal testosterone:500 – 700 ng/dl
High/ Optimized Testosterone: High 600’s+ (unusual to have above 800)
Women produce far lower testosterone than men, for women there aren’t generally accepted low levels of testosterone but normal levels are considered to be between 15 – 70 ng/dL. So this should give you a good idea of what healthy & low T levels for women look like.
The Benefits Of Healthy Testosterone
So we’ve spoken about how both men and women need to produce testosterone and what are considered low, average and higher testosterone levels, so let’s now look at how testosterone and health go and in hand & specifically what benefits you gain from having healthy testosterone levels. All the below can be benefits you can see from having naturally achieving healthy testosterone levels.
Increased muscle mass
Lower body fat
Reduced facial fat
Increased basal metabolic rate/ calorie burn at rest
Reduced risk of stroke
Improved blood circulation
Reduced risk of vascular/ heart problems
Reduced risk of Cancer
Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
Healthy looking skin
Reduced risk of developing Alzheimers/ dementia
Improved Response times
Increased energy levels
Improved Confidence/ Assertiveness
Reduced risk of suffering from depression
Higher Immune system
Difference between naturally healthy T levels & going through therapy
If you achieve healthy testosterone levels through medical procedures/ TRT therapy the benefits aren’t necessarily the same as when you achieve this naturally. The benefits listed can all come from naturally increasing levels, while a number of the benefits can be gained through therapy there are some side effects as well, which you can see here: TRT therapy side effects
Ways To Increase T
There are multiple ways to increase your testosterone production, as we’ve covered above it is possible to achieve this through medical procedures or “steroid abuse”. As the first port of call, I personally recommend lifestyle change as the best way to increase T levels.
So lifestyle change means looking at things like your diet, whether/ how you exercise, your exposure to plastics & chemicals amongst other things.
There are also a number of plastic based products & ones that are made from chemicals which lower testosterone. These are products most of us use on a daily basis. The good news is, for most of them there are alternatives available that won’t lower T. I advise to check out these two articles on things that lower testosterone – & alternatives that won’t and things that lower testosterone – Alternatives to plastic products – These two articles will help you work out what you need to avoid & safe alternatives as far as testosterone production is concerned.
The final article I recommend to check out is things that lower testosterone to give you a broad overview of the threats to testosterone production. I’ll also be creating more articles in the future on the different ways to increase testosterone so keep an eye out for them!
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
Hopefully this has given you a good idea of the health benefits that can be gained from naturally having healthy testosterone levels, these benefits are for both men & women alike. In the near future I’ll be putting together an article looking at the benefits you gain in greater detail and why increased T leads to these benefits. If you have any questions with regard to this article, testosterone and health or testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.