What You Should Know About Testosterone
While Testosterone is usually considered a male hormone, both sexes produce testosterone. Males produce testosterone in the testicles, while Females produce it in smaller quantities in the ovaries. The pituitary gland, located in the brain, regulates testosterone production in men and women.
Why Is Testosterone Important?
Testosterone affects your sex life by regulating libido and sperm production, but it has other functions as well. It helps with growth and maintenance in many different bodily systems. Testosterone directly impacts muscle mass and strength, as well as Fat distribution in the body. It also helps maintain bone density, is involved in the production of red blood cells, and has a powerful effect on mood.
What are Normal Testosterone Levels?
Testosterone levels vary between people, and even fluctuate over the course of a day. The average level for Men is between 270-1070 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter of blood).
Does Testosterone Decrease Naturally?
As men age, Testosterone levels diminish naturally. After age 40, men start to produce about 1% less Testosterone each year. By age 70, a normal decrease will cause Testosterone to be lower by about 30% than it was at age 40; over the next 10 years an even more dramatic reduction takes place, so that by age 80, most men produce only 50% of the Testosterone that was present at age 40.
Can Low Testosterone be Reversed?
Low levels of Testosterone can be safely reversed with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Testosterone is usually administered by one of 3 methods:
- Testosterone Injections
- Testosterone Creams and Patches (dermal application)
- Testosterone Pellets that are injected into the upper hip and release the male hormone slowly.
Scottsdale Restorative Medicine has experienced Physicians who can help you find out if you can benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Make an appointment today.