What Are The Normal Testosterone Levels For Men?

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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!

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This is what someone with more than enough T levels looks like!

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:

Total Testosterone

280 – 1,100 ng/dl

Free Testosterone

5 – 21 ng/dl

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!

Graph showing normal testosterone levels for menBy 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?

Empty vial held by a male hand

There are 3 methods for checking how much T’s coursing through your veins:

  • Saliva
  • Urine
  • Blood

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:

  1. Get plenty of quality sleep (7-8 hours at least)
  2. Stop eating junk food, flaxseeds and anything with soy
  3. Start weightlifting
  4. Consume more eggs, pomegranate and olive oil
  5. Decrease your stress levels (don’t stress yourself too much)
  6. Catch some sun for more vitamin D (it improves testosterone production)
  7. 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.).

Archer shooting an arrow with his bow

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?

Medical personnel extracting liquid with a syringeYour 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:

Basically, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to taking control of your very own testosterone production!

Conclusion

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!

Yours truly,

Simon
Founder of Testosterone Nerd
E-mail: simon@testosteronerd.com

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Lovely piece of information, i think this is vital for most men. Now everyone knows what normal testosterone levels should be.

    Your site is also very beautiful. Overall a really, really well put together information. In-depth and engaging at the same time. I love your work.

    The post area is also impressive with a good presentation of visuals which is really making it attractive. The content is also impressive to read.For me the website looks good but you can do much better.Good work.

    • Hello there,

      Thanks a bunch for the kind words! Always a pleasure to know that my readers find my articles informative and above all useful.

      My goal is to provide any male with the tools to create a better understanding about our primary male hormone and how to make the most of it.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  2. hi im currently trying to cut a significant amount of weight (30 pounds), but would like to retain the muscle/strength that I gained before switching programs. I am currently taking test boosting supplements, but am worried that they’ll be wasted when on a lower calorie/higher cardio diet. Any suggestions? Been running alot for my caridio bad or good idea?

    • Hey there Rui.

      Let me put it straight – there’s no reason to think that testosterone boosters will interfere with your fat loss goals. If anything, increasing your androgen activity would be a good thing trying to cut.

      As for running, define running, please. It can be anything from sprinting to just jogging. HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is basically a very tough, high intensity (no sh!t) version of casual cardio and it’s amazing. But anything that gets you sweating and raises your heart rate would do the job. Half-assed running or training in general is… well a brilliant way to WASTE your time.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  3. I am so glad I finally read a post that tells some truth about the horrible healthcare system. You said it right on the money, doctors are more businessmen nowadays. It sounds like normal can be all over the place, is there a way to test testosterone levels outside of the doctors office?

    • Hey Kenny,

      Indeed the sad truth is that doctors have become more business and less medicine in our age. Gotta thank the pharmaceutical industry for that!

      Concerning all the different ways of testing – blood is the MOST preferred one. Saliva and urine home test kits exist but you can’t trust them 100%.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  4. Dude this is awesome! It’s so true about the doctors these days. They don’t seem to care at all about your health. They just want to reassure you so they don’t have to deal with an upset patient. I love how honesty and straight forward you are about this topic. In my book, honesty is what truly sells. Thanks for the awesome article!

    • Yo man.

      It’s rather unfortunate that our beloved doctors are mere businessmen these days. You can rotate this fact all you want but it’s the truth and I appreciate your support!

      Yours truly will make sure honesty is at the top of the pedestal here, so fear not my padawans.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  5. Hey,
    I don’t have a clue of what my testosterone level is but from this great post I now know where it should fall. Thanks for the info. From not knowing where it was I just thought that it was around the normal level so I just didn’t bothered getting it checked from the doctor. If I am eating and exercising right should I be concerned about my levels?

    • Welcome Kendrick!

      If you feel alright and you don’t recognize any of the low testosterone symptoms, I’d say you’re probably walking around with normal levels or even higher.

      Nutrition plus physical activity are the primary keys to success. Not just about maximizing your primary male hormone levels, but for just about anything related to your body/system. Keep it up is all I’m going to say!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  6. Great information dude and I do like your work here.

    Before visiting your page I have no idea what is testosterone about until I finished your article information.

    Make me laugh a bit as you mentioned certain words which are straight to the point and very different kind of writing.

    Very impressive and I do look forwards more article from you. Thanks.

    • Yo Maxx.

      You now know what testosterone is about? Congrats my man, let me give you a virtual high-five!

      Laughter is healthy, so keep in mind that my future posts will totally include more of the same, no doubt!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  7. I have heard about the differences between free testosterone and bounded testosterone in our system. One of them is in active and The other one make you kick total butt. I just don’t realize that the doctors check won’t give you an accurate description as to what normal testosterone level is. Thank you for the graph. It is really a great eye-opener. I always thought that generalizing the testosterone level for males of different ages didn’t seem very right.

    • Welcome Win!

      The thing is is that docs WILL give you some sort of a direction. Whether your T is low or high, they’ll most likely inform you. However, when it comes to TRT and their ultra willingness to start injecting synthetic crap into your system, this is when it becomes confusing.

      For this reason, a graph like the one I posed would be beneficial to you folks, because you’ll know if your doctor is playing tricks on ya, or you are indeed walking around with the T levels of a 5-year-old girl.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  8. Hi Simon,
    Your article was very interesting. My husband has been talking about different things that he experiences everyday such as feeling excessively fatigued, moody, weight gain, and just all in all weak. His T levels have been at the very low end for a couple of years but his doctor said it was normal and ok. It is sad that doctors are not addressing this issue because I see my husband struggle every day. I appreciate your honesty and information; this is definitely a website I am sharing with him so he can help himself because obviously the doctors are not.

    • Welcome aboard Dana!

      Very unfortunate to hear about your hubby’s daily struggles with his manhood. Low T’s a b!tch and it’s even MORE unfortunate that some (if not most) doctors neglect that or just give men some injections and that’s it.

      There’s always hope though – naturally stimulating one’s own testosterone production is more than achievable. By all means, please do give him the time to check my other articles so that he can try to reverse low T in a natural manner.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  9. As the mother of two males, this article did nothing short of enlightening me. So much so that I even had by sons friends to consider their testosterone balances and to see how it is or is not affecting them.

    It seems that nowadays doctors are actually more concerned with doing their job for a paycheck, rather than actually caring for patients genuinely, you know?

    Thanks for sharing. Very interesting, even for a lady like myself.

    My best,
    Nerissa S.

    • Welcome!

      Always a pleasure to read that you ladies do appreciate my work!

      Unfortunately, folks in white coats are mere businessmen these days. Not ALL of them of course, however, most are somewhat corrupt. Blame the vast pharmaceutical industry I’d say!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  10. Very good, people need to know this kind of information.
    As an NASM certified personal trainer, I have looked a lot into testosterone boosters mostly for research purposes

    I found that some natural test boosters work for people that need them. Whilst others don’t work at all, or some people just don’t need them as their test levels are already high,

    If your test levels are already high then you can only increase the test levels by taking test increasing steroids, but this is when you start messing with your body chemistry.

    • Howdy Thomas!

      You’re onto something – some T booster DO work, while others are pure crap. But this goes for just about any supplement out there, and actually anything in general.

      If your testosterone levels are in the higher spectrum, then, by all means, keep them there! There’s no immediate need to boost what’s already increased enough. And you know my stance towards steroids… I don’t need to repeat myself.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  11. I’ve always wondered what the best way to boost testosterone. From my personal experience, not getting adequate sleep really affects my testosterone levels. I mean the next day I feel like a walking zombie. Does getting too much sleep affect your testosterone?
    You’re so right about stress. I have realized that limiting or simply avoiding stress related situations reduces my blood pressure. I didn’t realize just by decreasing stress that it increases testosterone. I’ll do anything to increase my testosterone levels. Well maybe this is going to far but I’m willing to try different things to boost my testosterone. Especially in a natural way. I have never been crazy about taking supplements! Will taking supplements really boost testosterone?

    • Hi Daniel, and welcome aboard!

      No wonder you feel like a zombie when you don’t get enough sleep – there are studies conducted on this subject. Check out my post about treating low T naturally, and there you’ll find information about how sleep affects testosterone. To make things simple – getting four hours of sleep means your T levels will plummet to the ground.

      And yes, stress can really mess you up, big time! Your cortisol rises when your stress levels increase, which results in your primary male hormone waving you goodbye. More cortisol = less testosterone.

      Wondering if testosterone boosters will increase your natural T production? Check my “Reviews” section and have a look at some of the products there – chances are you will find something for you. I’ve already done the hard work by testing these products myself so you can judge them by their ratings alone.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  12. Wow! Great website! Very entertaining at the same time providing very useful information. Low-T is a sensitive subject for some and I think you have provided information that is not only helpful, but takes the seriousness level down to more of a humorous one. Thanks for engaging the readers and providing great content.

    • Hello and welcome Cristy!

      Low testosterone is a sensitive topic, but I wanted to inject some humor on purpose. Not only does it spice up the reading process, but fellow men suffering from this dreaded condition will be able to assimilate the information much easier.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

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