What’s NORMAL these days? Pretty much everything is upside down and you’re asking me about normal testosterone levels for men? I see I see… it’s because your sole purpose in this life is to hop on the juice (steroids, yep) and never look back? Gotcha!
Not so fast though, for I will shed some light on this subject and by the end of this post you will able to leave your home feeling like a better man. Not sure why? Well, maybe because you will FINALLY carry the knowledge of what’s okay in terms of natural testosterone levels and production, and what’s worthy of finding the tallest building around and jumping off it (please, DO NOT take this literally!).
If the last sentence creeps you out, let me comfort you – even if your levels are below the norm, things are totally reversible! Once more to make sure it echoes in your head – it is REVERSIBLE. And no, you won’t see me offering you the quick fix e.g. anabolic ‘you know what’.
Because I care for your manhood folks. If I didn’t I’ll just throw you to the fiery pits of your balls shrinking and ceasing to produce testosterone, all courtesy of our “beloved” synthetic CRAP called roids.
Alright folks, time to jump into action with a spicy topic for starters!
Does any doctor care about your healthy T levels?
Even if you bombard him with similar questions, chances are he will lie to you 100% of them time! Docs are more businessmen than real specialists these days. I’d really like to throw some examples to put it simply. As always, I will start with the worst possible scenario!
Let’s say that you are practically on the verge of low T, but not there yet. I mean, imagine your results from a blood test show that you are so bloody close to being below (more info on different values and levels is a bit further down this page) what’s considered normal, that it’s ridiculous.
Now, as most medical personnel, the endocrinologist (or even your GP) checking you will most likely give you a pat on the back and tell you that everything’s alright, your levels are within the norm and there’s nothing to worry about. He holds no remorse as you are INDEED within the normal range, so no worries then!?
WRONG! This is like saying that your car still has fuel while the red light for low fuel in the tank is flashing. Yeah, in reality, you DO have fuel, the problem is… how MUCH fuel do you actually have? Same applies to such borderline conditions, connected to typical testosterone values in us males.
You have to do something about it!
Unless you have like ZERO testosterone in your system (if you do, hit me up!), chances are you’ll be absolutely able to up your natural production, to meet the criteria for normal and healthy values of your primary male hormone.
This can include one or a combination of the following aspects:
- Start taking a proven T-booster (such as this one)
- Eat the right foods (check my post about them)
- Avoid certain foods (I did write an article for these)
- Sleep more
- F*ck more
- Lift more
And this is where we hit the G-spot of this piece of writing!
What is the exact normal range for testosterone?
It stretches all the way from the north to the south pole. Are we done yet? Okay, was nice knowing you!
Hope you didn’t mind my tiny, little sarcasm there, as now we can safely examine what’s considered normal when it comes to our favorite hormone. Keep in mind, however, that there’s conflicting info on what’s the precise normal level range for testosterone in men.
As a general rule of thumb, NORMAL values of total T and free T are:
Unfortunately, folks… most doctors and laboratories alike, tend to throw weird and unrealistic ranges, based on past patients’ results. But hey, what if some of the 20-year-old guys tested were mega fat and had the T levels of a little girl? Or as I’m sure some of them were rather fit, manly and walking around with high androgen activity at say 50 years of age?
All of this leads to confusion and we DO NOT want that! There’s an amazing research done on normal T levels across a wide range of old and young men, splitting different results in age brackets:
The sheer beauty of this (kudos to some Mr. named Vermeulen and his book) graph is that it’s broken down into age categories. This my friends is completely brilliant! You can just take a peek and immediately assess your situation – where or not your T is low in relation to your age!
By no means do you need to be an expert to realize how easy it is to gauge whether you’re on the lower or higher spectrum of common testosterone values, by using this graph as a reference point? That is if you’ve tested your T levels! And this brings me to another subject – an important one!
Total Testosterone or Free Testosterone?
In an ideal world, we all should shout in a singular tone – BOTH PLEASE! Of course, we’re back to reality now so don’t stay calm now and read on.
Free Testosterone is (you’ll never guess it) not a prisoner testosterone, it’s the free version of it. It floats in your bloodstream remaining unbound to SHBG. Weirdly enough, it makes only 2% of your total testosterone, that means only this tiny amount is biologically active and is the one responsible for anabolic-friendly actions associated with your muscles!
Total Testosterone, on the other hand, is… well, great job Mr. Einstein – the total amount of it estimated in your bloodstream! When looking at blood sample tests for T, most (and I mean most) of the times your results are the total chunk of this hormone. That’s partly due to free T’s sociopathic behavior – it’s a pain in the butt to get accurate measures of.
Maybe you’re all fired up now and you absolutely want to test your manliness, but you’ve got no clue… how?
So how does one test his manhood levels?
You can do so by going out to a remote bar, full of rednecks, thugs, and convicts, first. After that, you can proceed to call most if not all of these fellows different names, while at the same time sending your best wishes to their wives/sisters/mothers etc. In my book, this HAS got to be the most accurate way of measuring one’s manliness (or foolishness, depends).
But you’re a sensible man with enough brain capacity, right? That’s what I though brother! Without wasting our time any further, these are the methods for testing one’s testosterone levels, currently known to humanity:
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the most solid of these three is… (don’t get for a piss in this important moment) YEP, the bloody, gore-ish stuff. With syringes and so on, you know what I’m talking about.
Blood tests are the most reliable, accurate and useful if you’re really interested in checking your testosterone levels. But please folks, please, I beg you – go to a laboratory, don’t try any of these fancy at-home testing kits. Medical personnel working in labs is qualified and they know they’re sh!t so don’t make your life any harder.
Of course, if you’re afraid of sharp, thin objects then there’s no harm in trying a saliva or urine test – just don’t be in shock if you find out that your results are as real as Pamela Anderson’s jugs!
And remember, testosterone is at its peak during early morning hours (morning wood is morning for a reason). From around 7 AM to 10 AM! If you plan on going out for a test, make sure it’s in that time frame.
We’re now close to wrapping it up, but there’s just one more thing that I’d like to pinpoint and that is:
Always aim for the upper end of normal T levels!
And I mean, ALWAYS! Having T values of say a tad more than 300 ng/dl could still be considered within the norm, but you’re better off implementing a change to your lifestyle in order to optimize those numbers. More on the possibilities about that can be found in this article of mine.
The same can perfectly apply for when you’re somewhere around the ideal middle, say the 500-600 ng/dl mark. You might give yourself a pat on the back, but NOT so fast cowboy! Do you want to settle down for mediocrity? For just “normal” levels of your primary male hormone? I bet you DON’T! And I’ll help you with that my friend, no worries here.
This is probably the perfect timing for me to point you towards two posts of yours truly, directly related to such, natural androgen optimization. One’s about increasing testosterone naturally, while the other enlightens you on what the most famous supplements for natural T elevation actually are.
This is where we conclude today’s topic and I really hope that you’re now more familiar with what’s range of T levels is called normal, what methods are used for measuring and what should be your goal concerning your own values of our primary male hormone.
Having normal T levels is good. Having higher levels within the norm is better!
Don’t count on the pharmaceutical industry-backed physicians to care too much for your manliness – it’s all in your hand brothers! With valuable information (like the one provided here at TN) and enough willpower, EVERY single man will be able to hone his level of virility!
If you’ve already checked your levels or you simply want to brag about unnatural amounts of T flowing through your veins, come on then… give me a shout in the comment section below!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd