Testosterone one of the most popular tests
In addition to general health checks, there are a few markers that are particularly popular to measure. One of these is s-testosterone or total testosterone, which has become a topic of increasing interest among men who want to understand and monitor their hormonal health.
Recently, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of completed testosterone analyses, which indicates that more and more men are seeking insight into their testosterone levels. This increased awareness has created a need for a deeper understanding of how this hormone affects the body and what are considered normal levels. So today we're going over the importance of measuring testosterone and how its levels can affect both our physical and mental health.
What is a normal level of testosterone?
When we discuss normal testosterone levels, we usually refer to total testosterone or s-testosterone, and the general reference range is between about 10 to 30 nmol/L in men defined as generally healthy. However, it is important to note that these reference ranges may vary slightly depending on the specific laboratory that performs the analysis and your age as the concentration of testosterone decreases in relation to your age.
Reference values testosterone
Age 21 - 49 years: Reference values between 5.7 and 26 nmol/L.
Age ≥ 50 years: Reference values between 3.0 and 27 nmol/L.
Being aware of your own testosterone levels is particularly relevant if you experience symptoms of low testosterone, such as decreased sexual desire, fatigue or decreased muscle mass. Understanding where you are within the normal spectrum can provide valuable information for evaluating your health and possibly seeking appropriate medical advice if needed. At the same time, there is a certain competitive mentality and men have a tendency to compare their testosterone levels.
The mean value for testosterone is 16.8 nmol/l
During the last 6 months, the average value for all analyzed testosterone tests is 16.8 nmol/L. This information provides a useful reference point for understanding where individuals' testosterone levels may often lie.
Did you know that testosterone levels decrease with age?
Generally speaking, men have a decrease in testosterone concentration with increasing age. This decline is commonly referred to as "andropause" or "male menopause". For most men, this is a gradual process that occurs over several years. On average, testosterone levels decline by about 1% per year after the age of 30. Factors that can affect the rate of this reduction include genetics, lifestyle, diet, and your overall health.
It is important to note that while a natural decline in testosterone is common with age, some men may experience a greater decrease than others. Low testosterone levels can lead to various symptoms, including decreased sex drive, fatigue, weight gain and decreased muscle mass. If someone is concerned about their testosterone levels or is experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, it is wise to seek medical advice for proper assessment and possible treatment.