High Normal Levels of Testosterone
by Dr. Rick Cohen
Are You Half the Man You Used to Be?
High normal levels of testosterone are, quite literally, what make you a man and keep you healthy and vital throughout your entire life.
And it is the loss of testosterone that will greatly diminish your energy, strength, mental, emotional, and sexual function and contribute to fatigue, premature aging, and disease.
Luckily, achieving high levels of T—and overall state of well-being—are within your control!
The king of male hormonal health is testosterone. While many men know that a high testosterone is needed for sexual performance, far fewer realize that it plays a critical role in almost every aspect of their lives.
Did you ever wonder why you don’t recover as rapidly or have the same stamina you had when you were younger? Without optimal T levels, your muscles simply don’t have the capacity to generate maximal power or recover fully after a hard, physical effort. Your reaction time, coordination and balance also suffer.
Age doesn’t matter.
Your testosterone level is what determines your youthful vitality. While testosterone levels are high among most men in their late teens and twenties, they begin to decline with age. Most men (and their doctors) accept this as a natural consequence of getting older.
And while T levels do naturally decline with age, it is now understood that 95% of all hormonal insufficiencies and imbalances are not caused by age or disease, but by poor cellular health.
The greatest contributing factors are counterproductive dietary and lifestyle choices.
Think of your testosterone supply as if it were a trust fund. You are genetically gifted with a certain amount of it in your youth.
Over time, you make regular and ongoing withdrawals until one day the bank sends you notice that your funds are running low. This notice might arrive in the form of unexplained fatigue, poor recovery, fat gain, muscle loss, low libido, irritability, depression, and high blood pressure.
Aging professional athletes often begin to exhibit reduced foot and hand speed, slower recovery, loss of reaction time, and decreased visual acuity and balance.
Typically, these issues begin to surface in the early thirties. Their onset can be quite sudden and result from a major life stressor, injury, or illness.
If you’re like most men, you simply assumed that the testosterone in your savings account had no limits and could not be affected by an unhealthy diet, chronic lack of sleep, or daily life stress.
There was no consideration given to the intake of foundational nutrients such as vitamin D3, omega 3 fatty acids, or antioxidants. You had no problems making regular withdrawals, but never got around to making any deposits.
The task you are now charged with is to accept responsibility for managing your hormonal bank account with the same amount of careful and focused attention your financial one receives.
You must acknowledge that high normal levels of testosterone levels cannot be obtained through high-interest loans (testosterone injections and creams). Rather, you must learn to make better investment (dietary and lifestyle) choices.
By doing this, you can replenish your hormonal account—and live off the interest for the rest of your life!
And just as you check your bank balance to see if an investment is paying off, you want to do a testosterone test to assess your testosterone balance.
This can now be done simply and conveniently with an at home saliva hormone