Testosterone belongs to the group of hormones known as androgens. It is mainly a male hormone though women produce it to a small extent. Mainly, it is produced in the sex organs and a small quantity is being made in the adrenal glands. Three types of testosterone are found in the blood; free testosterone, albumin and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Free testosterone is not protein but albumin and SHBG are proteins. Two ways are adopted to measure its levels. A total testosterone test measures all the three types in the blood in a combined way.
In men, the normal testosterone levels range between 300-1000 ng/dl with normal levels of free testosterone is between 9-30 ng/dl. The levels of this hormone decline with age. Healthy levels vary from individual to individual. A particular level may be fine for one person but low for another. Testosterone is very anabolic and it has an anabolic rating of 100. This anabolic nature affects the body in two ways i.e. boosts muscle building and improves male traits. The oral pills are taken by mouth and get digested like food and produce fast and rapid results. The supplements can be used as injectables too and it is the most common method.
Natural testosterone boosters
There are some natural remedies that boost testosterone levels in the body. It is important to get a good night sleep. Studies have shown that lack of sleep greatly reduces a young man’s T- level. Reduced sleep for one week can lower the level greatly. Middle-aged and overweight men with prediabetes have low T- levels. Diabetes is closely linked to low T. Men with a normal weight develop a low risk of getting diabetes and hypogonadism. Studies have confirmed that weight loss can boost T-levels. One does not need to opt for a crash diet and you are only advised to maintain a normal weight through diet and proper exercise.
Men suffering from hypogonadism suffer from zinc deficiencies. Zinc is important in regulating levels of testosterone serum in healthy men. Foods that are rich in zinc should be part of your diet. Red meat, poultry, oysters, crab and whole grains are rich in zinc content. Adults should consume 11 mg zinc per day. Glucose reduces T levels by almost 25 percent in your body. Research has revealed a difference in levels among pre-diabetic, diabetic and normal people. Proper exercise helps in increase of T levels, especially resistance training. Further, exercise boosts endurance and energy and helps to get a proper sleep.
A doctor performs a blood test to detect high and low testosterone levels. In cases of a low T, a doctor prescribes testosterone therapy, where a patient is given an artificial hormone version. It is given in the following ways; injections in every two-three weeks, a gel, skin patch or implants. This treatment has shown increased strength and it can be a treatment for bone density, anemia and strength related issues. Testosterone is very anabolic in nature and some anabolic testosterone esters are Testosterone-Propionate, Sustanon and Testosterone-Enanthate.