Age has a way of creeping up on you, and no one can avoid the march of time. Your body isn’t getting any younger and maybe you just can’t seem to get a good nights’ rest anymore and you’re feeling listless, in general. Have you thought about what may be the problem?
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone that regulates many aspects of your daily life, such as your quality of sleep, lean muscle mass, hair growth and sex drive. These are all things that people generally say are supposed to decrease as you get older, but you don’t have to suffer those effects of aging, at least when it comes to testosterone.
There are three types of testosterone:
- free testosterone
- albumin testosterone
- SHBG-bound testosterone
Measuring testosterone can be confusing as different laboratories use different standards for measuring testosterone in men and women. There are also different tests for different types of testosterone. Most testing centers offer testing for free testosterone and total testosterone. Free testosterone is the amount of this important hormone your body can readily use, while total testosterone is the marker used to determine the overall level of testosterone, usable or not, circulating in the body.
In simple terms, a total testosterone test will gauge the total testosterone you have available in your body. This number will come out as ng/dl, which is short for nanograms and deciliters. For your average male in his early 20s, you are looking at a level of 956 ng/dl. However, as we age, it is expected that testosterone levels will decrease to an age appropriate number.
Average vs. Optimal Testosterone Levels
The goal is to not be at a low-normal or age appropriate testosterone level, but rather to be at an optimal one. If you want to look, feel and be your best, you may need more than the average level of testosterone. Testosterone levels decrease with age in males, so for example, if you are 35 and you have a test that says you are at 400 ng/dl of testosterone, you would need to double your testosterone levels to be at an optimal level increasing your chances of cardiovascular health, increased strength, improved sleep and your best energy levels.
How do you find the optimum level of testosterone? Research has shown the ranges in which people are most likely to experience the best health outcomes and the claim the highest symptomatic success. However, determining the optimum level of testosterone level for an individual requires testing and attentive hormone therapy like that offered by the biostation.
Our hormone therapy can rapidly change the current level of testosterone in your body and many patients report dramatic improvements in the way they feel, their sexual potency and overall well-being.