Testosterone is considered to be male sex hormone, produced by the testes and it is responsible for developing secondary sexual characteristics in men.
These are: development of pubic hair, voice change during puberty, building muscle mass, strengthening bone and production of sperms. It increases energy level, improves mood and sex drive, and increases self assertiveness.
The hormone testosterone is produced during puberty and highest level is observed when the male is in his 20’s. Testosterone is the most potent among all the male hormones called androgens.
High testosterone level in men is good for his health.It reduces the risk of hypertension, coronary artery diseases etc. But as men with high testosterone level are observed to be combative, aggressive and their habit of smoking and alcoholism nullify the health benefits of high testosterone.
High testosterone level in men can be natural overproduction or can be due to taking artificial supplements of steroids.
Symptoms of High Testosterone in Men
- Improved energy.
- Improved sex drive.
- Motivated and ambitious.
- Increase in self confidence.
- Has combative behavior.
- Participates in risky undertakings.
- Heavy growth of body hairs.
- High cheek bones and lean and well built body.
It is observed that a significant high level of testosterone in men can give various side effects and risk of developing diseases such as: acne, baldness, sleep apnea, sexually transmitted disease due to aggressive sex urge etc.
In men 700 to 900 ng/dl is the normal level of free testosterone.
Free testosterone is the amount of testosterone that floats through the blood and is readily available for use by the body.
Some men may have higher level of testosterone, but it is rare that the level is so high that a man requires treatment. Rather the issue of concern in men is testosterone deficiency.