As guys, keeping our primary male hormone at optimal ranges is something that we should always strive for. And one of the most mind-boggling questions that have always bothered me is – what are the normal testosterone levels for men?
Well, I did some research and it turns out that the normal ranges of testosterone for us males are 280 to 1,100 ng/dL, according to relevant data courtesy of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Now, if you’re testosterone levels are lower than that it may be because you have a particular condition that impedes your T production and if your levels are above the normal range, then a possible cause might be a tumor on your testicles.
However, the good news is that even if your levels are below the norm, things are totally reversible! Once more to make sure it echoes in your head – low T and its symptoms are totally REVERSIBLE. And no, I’m not going to recommend the quick fix e.g. anabolic steroids, unless you’d like to see your balls shrink and your natural test production shutting down, completely!
Apart From Total Testosterone, What Is The Normal Range For Free Testosterone Levels?
Keep in mind, however, that there’s conflicting info on what’s the exact normal level range for testosterone in men, but as I already mentioned earlier, the ranges that I’m referring to are part of a report from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Here’s what’s considered NORMAL when it comes to total and free T:
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 Do Check Your Testosterone Levels?
There are 3 methods for checking how much T’s coursing through your veins:
Also, you can go out to a remote bar, full of rednecks, thugs, and convicts, first. After that, you can proceed to call them 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).
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.
Okay, How Can I Boost My Testosterone Fast In 7 steps?
Here are seven easy and 100% natural steps that’ll help you to increase your T levels quickly:
- Get plenty of quality sleep (7-8 hours at least)
- Stop eating junk food, flaxseeds and anything with soy
- Start weightlifting
- Consume more eggs, pomegranate and olive oil
- Decrease your stress levels (don’t stress yourself too much)
- Catch some sun for more vitamin D (it improves testosterone production)
- Grab a testosterone boosting supplement
Now, these seven steps will most definitely increase your natural test production and the overall amount of testosterone in your body. To put it short, it’s all about living a healthy lifestyle (eating right, exercising, sleeping well etc.) and staying away from bad habits (drinking, drugs, lack of sleep etc.).
Always Aim To Have Optimal T Levels!
Listen, having T values of say a tad more than 280 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. And of course, treating low testosterone naturally is more than possible, but you’d be much better off just staying within the upper portion of the normal range.
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.
What About Your Doctor – Does He/She Care About Your Natural Testosterone Production?
Your doc probably does, or at least should. The problem is that most of them just go with the cookie cutter approach for dealing with low T especially, which is TRT – testosterone replacement therapy i.e. synthetic testosterone i.e. steroids.
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 T-friendly foods
- Avoid certain T-lowering foods
- Sleep more
- F*ck more
- Workout more
Basically, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to taking control of your very own testosterone production!
This is where we conclude today’s topic and I really hope that you’re now more familiar with what the normal range of T levels is, what methods are used for measuring and what you can do to increase your own testosterone production.
Having normal T levels is good. Having higher T levels while still staying within the norm is EVEN 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!
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