How to Increase Testosterone in Men

Starting at about 30 years old, mens’ bodies experience a decline in testosterone by about 1% per year. By the time we’re in our 60s we’ve lost a substantial amount.

Low testosterone levels contribute to many problems we normally associate with aging into the 60s and beyond. Low libido, erectile dysfunction and osteoporosis are problems related to low “T”, just to name a few.

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Consider Increasing T

Low energy, memory loss, irritability, depression, and brittle bones are common in men with low testosterone levels.

As you are probably aware there are many supplements on the market today promising to restore mens’ T levels to improve sexual performance, strength, energy, fat reduction and more. Many of those supplements are met with mixed reviews. Some men may experience benefits and others clearly do not.

The good news is there are a variety of ways testosterone levels can be restored and problems overcome. After you read this article, whether the information benefits you or someone you care about, you’ll have a very good understanding of how to increase testosterone in men.

Benefits of Healthy Testosterone Levels

We can restore T levels in men, even men in their 60s and beyond, quality of life can improve substantiallyOlder man doing push ups

Healthy levels of testosterone have some great benefits. I can tell you from my own experience, when I first had my T levels restored from low to healthy levels I had a noticeably improved sense of well-being.

Good ‘T’ levels help to result in more muscle mass and less fat and can contribute to improved bone density, especially when coupled with regular resistance training.

Studies have shown that men who have had their testosterone levels restored were significantly less likely to have heart attack or stroke.  research.va.gov

Research has shown that improved T levels result in better verbal memory and faster processing speeds.

One of the benefits I experience is I have all the energy I need to workout hard, full of energy when I’m at the gym. If I stop taking the testosterone, I “run out of gas” about half-way through my workoutDecline-in-T-Levels

How Much Testosterone is Best?

First, it’s important to know what a “healthy” level of testosterone is. There are normal, healthy ranges. But, a precise level can be different from one man to another. I strongly recommend consulting a doctor.

Normal ranges change as men age. For men in their 60s normal ranges in healthy men are 196 ng/dL – 859 ng/dL. For men in their 70s the ranges are 156 ng/dL – 819 ng/dL.Avg-T-levels-by-age-in-men

(For those inquiring minds that want to know, “What the heck is ‘ng/dL’? It is abbreviation for “nanograms per deciliter”. Aren’t you glad you asked?)

Because there are many potential problems when levels are too high, it’s best to have your doctor advise you. When increasing T levels, getting to the top of the range could be right for one man and disastrous for another.

There are home tests to measure your T levels. The better and most accurate way is to have your doctor prescribe a simple blood test. You go to a lab. They take some blood. Then, after you engage in whatever methodology you decide upon, your doctor will have you do another blood test to measure the changes.

Actions to Increase Testosterone

There are 3 primary ways to increase testosterone levels:

  1. Actions
  2. Foods and Supplements
  3. Prescriptions

Let’s start with ‘actions’, things you can do to increase testosterone:

  • Resistance training such as weight training has been proven to increase T
    • hat can be even more effective if taking creatine and caffeine before training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

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  • A healthy diet of whole foods with a proper balance of “Macros”: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats
  • A healthy sex life
  • Adequate sleep

Supplements to Increase Testosterone

The aim of this section is not to review or suggest manufactured and marketed supplement formulations. Rather, I am going to show individual supplements that have been proven effective in increasing T in men.

  • 3000 IU of Vitamin D3, especially if your vitamin D3 is low
  • Tribulus Terrestris is a herb that has been proven to increase testosterone in men with low T.
  • Fenugreek is another herb. In addition to increasing testosterone, studies have shown significant increase in libido, sexual performance, energy and sense of well-being.
  • 100 mg daily Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone in the body. It helps in the production of testosterone.

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    T Boosting Supplements
  • Zinc has been closely associated with stimulating production of testosterone for men who have low
  • Ashwagandha is a herb that has mainly been used as an adaptogen, which means it has been used to help the body handle stress and anxiety. 5 grams a day has proven to increase testosterone production as much as 22%.  (For further information about adaptogens please just click on the word:  ADAPTOGEN
  • 3 grams daily of D-Aspartic Acid is an amino acid that has been shown to increase testosterone for those with low T

Prescriptions to Increase Testosterone

There are a number of options for testosterone replacement therapy. It’s really up to the doctor and patient to decide which is preferable.

  • Gels come in packets or pumps of testosterone gel. You apply the gel once a day and the testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin. There is one brand of gel that gets applied inside the nose.
    • I’ve tried gel. It worked OK but not my favorite.T-gel
  • Injections are where testosterone is injected directly into the muscle.
    • This is my preferred method. I give myself an injection into my quadriceps once weekly. I like it better than the gel for two reasons (that may be particular to just me):
      • It is more convenient. It would take a while to rub the gel until it was all absorbed into the skin.
      • I get better results from the injectionsT-Injections
  • Pellets implanted in soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream.
  • Skin Patch worn on the upper arm or upper body, applied once daily.
  • Mouth Patch is actually a tablet that sticks to your gum above your incisor. That’s the tooth that is either on the right side or left side of your front teeth. It gets applied twice a day. It slowly releases testosterone into the bloodstream through the tissues in the mouth.
  • Oral capsule is available but there is a concern it may do damage to the liver. The other therapies go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the liver.

There are risks associated with testosterone therapy. Most of them are with preexisting conditions that worsen. I will give you a list so that if you decide to see your doctor for testosterone therapy you can review with him or her to identify any potential concerns.

My doctor monitors me with regular blood tests. I’m sure your doctor would too, especially in the first months of the therapy.T-Blood-Test

I have benefited from many of the benefits listed in the “Benefits” section above. And I haven’t experienced any of the risks in the list below:

  • Rash, itching, irritation
  • Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) – enlarging prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Blood clots
  • Congestive heart failure

The list above is not intended to scare you, just to inform. I’ve been taking testosterone therapy for a few years and it has improved the quality of my life in several ways.

Conclusion

If you think, or, you know that you suffer from low testosterone, my aim has been to provide you with options so you can understand how to increase testosterone in men, and thereby, improve the quality of your life.

You can apply one or many of the treatments above

  • Actions/Activities
  • Supplements
  • Prescriptions

Please remember that before you take steps to increase your testosterone it would be wise to check with your doctor.

This 3 1/2 minute presentation provides a good summary:

I welcome your comments and questions in the section below.

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Glenn at the gym