Your body produces less testosterone as you age. In fact, some studies show that one in four guys over the age of 30 has low T. So yeah, it’s common, and it comes with a slew of annoying issues: no energy, lack of motivation, irritability, no sex drive, and more belly fat. On top of that, low testosterone ups your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
How can you be sure about your T levels? You need to get tested. One of our editors had his checked through a pharmacy and it cost him about $160. After that we managed to team up with Progene to offer at-home test kits for $30 — 50 percent off what they normally charge.
Here’s a little more info on how easy and accurate the Progene Test Kits are …
For guys, normal T levels are about 270 to 1070 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) with an average level of 679 ng/dL. So what happens if your’e low? Do you start popping testosterone pills? No. First, you see an endocrinologist and get an expert to weigh in on your treatment. In the meantime, here are four easy lifestyle changes that can begin to bring your testosterone levels out …
#1. Getting More Rest
Healthy guys who don’t get enough sleep have lower testosterone, according to a study out of the University of Chicago. After about a week of insufficient shut-eye, T levels decreased 10 to 15 percent. The optimal amount of sleep per night? For a male, it’s 7.8 hours, according to one study that tracked more than 3,500 people over a seven-year span.
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