5 things to know about testosterone

Testosterone is a important male sex hormone that is needed for sexual and reproductive development.  Women also produce this hormone, but at lower levels than men.

In men, testosterone is produced mainly in the testes, and production is controlled by the brain’s hypothalamus, and also the pituitary gland.


Testosterone levels normally decrease with age.  The normal testosterone level in men ranges from 270-1070 ng/dl.


Injury to the testicles can also lead to low testosterone.  Its always important to use proper  protection when playing sports.

What happens

Low testosterone can decrease sex drive, energy,  and cause loss of muscle mass,  and increase body fat.  Other symptoms include loss of body hair, depression.


Sex drive comes back up, more energy, gain muscle mass.


There are a variety of treatments for low testosterone such as: injections, patches, gels, pills and a testosterone stick used like a deodorant.

Contact your primary care physician for medical evaluation and treatment if you think low testosterone might be affecting you.

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