High and Low Testosterone Levels in Men (cont.)

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:

What are normal or average testosterone levels in men?

In general, the normal range in males is about 270 to 1070 ng/dL with an average level of 679 ng/dL. A normal male testosterone level peaks at about age 20, and then it slowly declines. Testosterone levels above or below the normal range are considered by many to be out of balance. Moreover, some researchers suggest that the healthiest men have testosterone levels between 400 - 600 ng/dL.

What are the benefits of higher than normal testosterone levels?

Examples of benefits, which are modest, of men having higher than average testosterone levels include:

What are the disadvantages of having higher than average testosterone levels?

Examples of drawbacks or disadvantages of men having higher than average testosterone levels include:

  • Men tend to consume more alcoholic beverages.
  • Men are more likely to smoke.
  • Men are more likely to get injured.
  • According to some researchers, the higher the testosterone level, the more likely men are to participate in risk-taking behavior (sexual, injury risk, and even criminal activity).

What are anabolic steroids, and what their side effects?

Both men and women that utilize anabolic steroids to gain an athletic "edge" (for example, some professional athletes) or to increase muscle mass (for example, some bodybuilders) may experience high levels of testosterone and develop complications, and side effects, for example:

High and Low Testosterone Levels in Men Resources

Read patient comments on Low Testosterone (Low T) - Symptoms

Doctor written main article on Low Testosterone (Low T)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/28/2016

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors