As a man, you are always looking for ways to keep your testosterone levels revving high. As well you should be, because testosterone is a vital component of your daily life.
But is there a point where your T-levels can be too high? And if so, what harm can this cause? It’s good to know the answer so that you can avoid any future complications.
Before you go any further, you should first familiarize yourself with exactly what testosterone is needed for in the body and what effects it has on certain mechanisms.
You may already know some of this, but it’s never too late for a refresher. And by knowing this information more in depth, you’ll be better able to gauge whether your levels are low, normal, or high.
Sex drive is one of the most important things that revolves around T-levels. If they are low, you will not desire sex and you’ll have a hard time getting an erection. On the other side of the coin, if your testosterone levels are high, your libido will be through the roof and you will probably be craving sex all the time.
Physical strength is another driver of testosterone. Every time you do a set of reps, sprint on a treadmill, or throw a pitch in a baseball game, testosterone is at play. When your levels are normal to high, you will be able to execute all of these chores with relative ease. If they are low, you will struggle.
On a side note, one sign of low T-levels is loss of muscle mass. If you’re at the other end of the spectrum and have high levels, you will probably have a high amount of muscle mass and be able to maintain it.
Energy is another area that has a direct correlation to testosterone. When your levels are high, your body responds with an equal amount of energy. On the other side of the coin, if your T-levels are low, your energy will be, too.
For women, the game changes slightly. They naturally have a lower amount of testosterone in their bodies. It’s still important, though, for energy, muscle, and – to a lesser degree – sex drive.
If their levels are extremely high, they’ll notice a deeper voice, hair growth in a similar fashion to men, and the bones in their faces becoming more prominent. These are often signs of testosterone treatment or usage as an ergogenic aid.
Is it possible for your T-levels to be too high? The short answer is yes, but it’s conditional. You also have a risk of getting too much vitamin C in your diet or eating too many carrots, although they are healthy!
The bottom line is that if you have really high T-levels, it’s usually caused by artificial means. If your levels stay elevated for an extended period of time, you can experience some of the same side effects mentioned for women, but even more so. And these side effects are not so pretty. You can develop acne or shrunken testicles, you can experience hair loss, and you can also have mood swings and show aggressive behavior.
If you don’t like the sound of side effects like these, then you are best served by keeping your levels in the normal range. For men between the ages of 19 and 39, this is 264 to 916 ng/dL.
Be aware that this number tends to decline once get over this age range. And the only way to truly know your numbers is by getting a blood test done by your doctor.
There is nothing wrong with having higher-than-average T-levels over the course of time. Just pay close attention to how you feel mentally and physically and how you are sleeping. If you detect any of the symptoms mentioned, it is a good indicator that your levels might actually be too high instead of too low, and you should seek some treatment options to level them off.