Testosterone is the key hormone produced by the Leydig cells of the testicles and is responsible for the normal growth and development of male organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics.
The range for normal testosterone level is 300-1100 ng/dL. It is optimal for a man to get around 800- 1100 ng/dL.
Low testosterone can occur in men of all ages. Although, it is often common in older men. Many times, erectile dysfunction can result to lower libido and increase irritability in men.
What are the symptoms?
- Mood Swings
- Poor Libido
- Low Energy
- Unwanted Body Changes
Testosterone plays a significant role in men’s overall health. A drop in testosterone at the age of 30 is a natural adaptation of the body as it ages. However, men suffering from common symptoms of low testosterone should immediately consult a doctor for treatment. Therefore, early diagnosis is important to prevent serious effects of low testosterone and erectile dysfunction in men.
What treatment options are available?
Health benefits are associated with “optimal” level of Testosterone, not “normal for age” level. Optimal level of Testosterone means restoring the Testosterone levels to the top 25% of “normal” range. If the normal range is something like 300-1100 ng/dL, optimal level would mean 800- 1100 ng/dL. In fact, men often need to get above 650ng/dL before they start feeling better.
Testosterone Therapy means replenishing someone with Testosterone using injectables, topical gel or cream or subcutaneous pellets implantation. Another method is to inject HCG (Human Choriogonadotropin) subcutaneously.