Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone. It is natural for testosterone levels to decline as a person ages, but there are steps that they can take to slow, and perhaps reverse, the process.
Testosterone is vital to a person’s overall health and well-being. Low levels of testosterone can affect body composition unfavorably, and as people age, reduced testosterone levels can also cause weight gain.
Low levels of testosterone also affect sexual function, causing reduced sex drive, fewer erections, and infertility.
Natural ways to maintain testosterone
According to a recent study of 9,054 men aged between 19 and 39 who were of a healthy weight, normal testosterone levels range from between 264 and 916 nanograms over deciliters (ng/dL).
Drug companies promote products that are supposed to increase testosterone, and while these might help some people, they may also slow down the body’s ability to naturally produce testosterone.
Also, these medications are not without risks.
A 2016 study noted that the benefits and safety of long-term use of testosterone replacement products are not known.
The best way to improve testosterone levels is by adopting some lifestyle habits that can improve overall health and well-being.