High Testosterone in Men: Common Myths and Facts
The normal testosterone levels in men range between 270 to 1170 ng/dL.1 However, there are times when the body produces excess testosterone, a condition known as hypergonadism. A man is considered to have abnormally high testosterone when the free testosterone is above 30ng/dL.
Hypergonadism can be caused by steroid abuse, tumors, testosterone gel, incorrect use of testosterone supplementation, among others. The myths surrounding high testosterone levels are so many that at times it’s difficult to tell myth from fact. Here’s a list of what’s true and what’s not.
Myth: It causes aggressive behavior in men
There is no direct link between excess testosterone and violent behavior in men. How a man acts has a lot to do with his upbringing and environment than it does with testosterone levels. The same is true for a man’s competitiveness and hunger for power.
Fact: High testosterone levels increases risks of cardiovascular diseases
A study showed that men who are genetically predisposed to high testosterone levels are at high risk of getting stroke and heart failure. The same is also true for aged men taking testosterone supplements to improve their sex life.2
Myth: High testosterone levels are a symbol of masculinity
Hypergonadism is a serious condition that may require immediate medical attention. Sometimes high testosterone levels are caused by underlying conditions like tumors. In most cases, the tumors are usually benign but there are instances where the tumor is malignant.
Fact: Treating Hypergonadism is difficult
Unlike the statistics of low testosterone levels in men, excess levels are very rare and equally difficult to treat. Testosterone is naturally produced by the body and your doctor has to find a way of reducing the levels in your system.
The treatment involves a series of injections that are specially tailored to your condition and it may take time for your doctor to find the right dosage. In cases where the excess levels are caused by an underlying condition, treating it could also treat hypergonadism.
Myth: High testosterone levels don’t need to be treated
Even though most males think excess testosterone adds on to their manhood, a doctor’s visit is crucial once you suspect you have a hormone-related problem. If the condition is due to an underlying condition, you will be able to manage or treat it in a good time.
Fact: Hypergonadism causes excess hair growth
Testosterone is responsible for male body changes, including hair growth. Males with high testosterone levels often have excess hair all over their bodies.
Symptoms of high testosterone in men
The most common symptoms of excess testosterone levels in men are rapid growth especially during puberty, excess body hair, acne, and very high libido. In adolescents, it also causes more muscle mass and spontaneous erections.
Hypergonadism is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Ensure you seek professional advice if you suspect you could have excess testosterone levels.
Links to sources used
- Testosterone, aging, and the mind - https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Testosterone_aging_and_the_mind
- High testosterone levels bad for the heart, study says - https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2019/03/07/High-testosterone-levels-bad-for-the-heart-study-says/9991551998091/#:~:text=Men%20with%20a%20genetic%20predisposition,or%20lungs)%2C%20researchers%20found.