Signs of a Man with High Testosterone
by Benjamin Bunting BA(Hons) PGCert
Written by Ben Bunting: BA, PGCert. (Sport & Exercise Nutrition) // British Army Physical Training Instructor // S&C Coach.
In terms of a man’s health, the hormone testosterone plays a vital role. It is important for weight control, mental function and cognitive ability, among other things.
At present, testosterone levels in men as at a historical low. Low testosterone can be dangerous, but no one is paying attention to high testosterone or testosterone levels above the normal range.
It's hard to deny the positive effects of testosterone. However, too much can have side-effects that are just as problematic. We'll look at signs of high levels of testosterone in men, as well as the positive effects of a high level of testosterone and its negative impacts on health.
It is testosterone that makes a man. The hormone is the catalyst for male growth from adolescence into adulthood. In studies, testosterone is both androgenic and anabolic.
The anabolic effects include larger muscle tissue. Bodybuilders are known to use testosterone injections for this reason. They can get larger without getting fatter because of the anabolic effects of testosterone.
The term Androgenic is used to describe the overall and organ development in men. Androgenic testosterone effects include facial hair growth, a deepened voice and the development of sexual organs.
This is a list of the many developmental changes caused by testosterone:
- Your voice will change from deep to high-pitched.
- Body hair and facial hair are encouraged to grow.
- Common skin problems such as acne
- Triggers sexual organ development (testicles descend)
- Start sperm production
- Increases libido (sex drive)
- Influences behaviour, particularly aggression and the urge to compete
- Increases bone density
- Promote muscle mass
- Increased fat metabolism
The production of testosterone will increase during the teenage years and reach its peak between 30 and 35, where it slowly declines each year. Most men will experience a one-percent decline each year.
Information about Testosterone and its Effects
Do you think that your testosterone levels are too high? These are some of the common symptoms that indicate high levels of testosterone.
High testosterone is a telltale sign in your skin. Men with a high level of testosterone will have acne on their body. It is very common for both men and women to use steroids.
Unpredictable: While it may be exaggerated in the media to an absurd degree, the truth of the matter is that testosterone overdose can affect your behaviour negatively.
Guys with excessive testosterone are prone to aggressive and irritable behaviors. The same is true for decision-making. We'll see below that having too much testosterone makes it difficult to make logical, healthy decisions.
Bad Sleep: Research shows that high testosterone levels can interfere with sleep and prevent you from reaching a deeper sleep stage.
Sleep apnea can be worsened if the testosterone levels are high. We recommend a blood and sleep test if you wake up frequently during the night.
Sexual Health: Too much testosterone is not good for your sexual health. A high level of testosterone is associated with shrinking testicles, and low sperm levels.
These are both stereotypical effects associated with steroid use. Contrary to unfounded rumours, testosterone doesn't make the penis of an adult bigger.
Testosterone Confirmation: How much is "too" much? According to studies, a high-testosterone man is one who has a total testosterone of more than 950ng/dl as well as if his free testosterone is greater than 30ng/dl. What is the best way to determine if your testosterone level is high? Your doctor can perform a blood analysis.
Testosterone levels that are too high
High testosterone levels can be caused by excessive exercise. Are you eating something that is causing your testosterone levels to soar? High testosterone levels can be caused by a number of factors.
Study shows that androgen secreting tumors are associated with abnormally high testosterone levels. Androgens are a hormone type that encourages physical growth. Testosterone is one of the androgen hormones.
It's interesting to note that a tumor may not be malignant. However, your doctor will need to determine if elevated testosterone levels cause more harm than benefit.
Users of anabolic steroids, or those who abuse them, will experience high testosterone levels because they inject synthetic testosterone in their body. Steroids are testosterone, unlike testosterone-boosting supplements which work in conjunction with the body. The testosterone level will increase immediately, but this is not a sustainable boost without continual injections.
After a cycle, testosterone will drop and estrogen will increase, causing side effects such as depression, weight gain and muscle loss.
Physiological dangers of high testosterone in men
You'd assume that high testosterone levels would be beneficial for men's health. High testosterone may have some benefits in the short term, but it is not good for your health long-term.
Research suggests that testosterone can support heart health. However, too much testosterone in the long term may have the exact opposite effect. High testosterone levels can cause your LDL (bad cholesterol) to rise. This can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes if it continues without intervention.
Low Sperm Count
While testosterone has been proven to increase sperm counts and improve fertility in men with low testosterone levels, testosterone seems to have the opposite effect on guys who are high in testosterone. High levels of testosterone have been shown to decrease sperm counts. Untreated, it may make you infertile.
Dihydrotestosterone is often produced when testosterone levels are too high. This compound, also known as DHT or dihydrotestosterone, can lead to inflammation of the prostate. It may cause problems with urination, and increase your chances for prostate issues.
DHT is linked to male pattern baldness and premature balding. DHT levels that are elevated from excess testosterone can cause a receding of the hairline, or worsen baldness.
Effects of high testosterone on men's behavior
After you've learned what to watch out for, as well as its causes and dangers, we can now answer the question: "What is high testosterone doing to men and their behavior?"
Men and women who have too much testosterone tend to be narcissistic, with traits such as entitlement and self-centeredness. In one study, men and women who had the highest testosterone levels abused power. The study found that those with normal or lower levels of testosterone abused their positions less or not at all.
Those with excessive testosterone may experience mood swings. They may be feeling great one moment and want to do all they can. Sometimes they can be aggressive. The result is often road rage. You may be experiencing a high-speed emotional rollercoaster if you have a testosterone issue.
High testosterone levels are also associated with impulsivity and poor decision-making. High testosterone levels are linked to poor decisions and taking on risks, according to studies.
A study revealed that hedge fund managers with the highest testosterone levels also took the most risks. It is not surprising that these managers with high testosterone levels also perform worse than other managers due to their bad decisions.
Testosterone levels should be checked if you have been taking more risks and experiencing mood swings.
What to do if you have high testosterone levels in men?
The treatment of high testosterone depends on its cause. Your healthcare provider will likely run a test if you show signs of high T. The cause of high testosterone will determine the appropriate treatment.
High testosterone can be treated in several ways:
Adjust the testosterone replacement therapy
Your healthcare provider can help you adjust the dosage if your testosterone level is too high after you have received testosterone replacement therapy.
Reduce or discontinue anabolic steroids
You may experience symptoms of excessive testosterone if you are using anabolic steroids to gain muscle and you notice that your T level spikes.
You should let your doctor know if you are using anabolic steroid illegally without supervision.
They come with side effects and risks. The long-term effects of anabolic steroids include serious medical conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and blood clots. These can lead to strokes and heart attacks (alShareef 2022).
Treatment of underlying conditions
Treatment of a tumor that produces testosterone, or affects your hormone level in any other way may help bring it back to normal.
Visit your doctor if you notice any of these signs. You can discuss with your doctor why you have high testosterone and create a plan of action to lower them.
It is possible that testosterone can be harmful if it's increased and kept at the same level.
Exercise, healthy eating, and supplementation can help support the production of testosterone naturally. If you abuse steroids, or have high levels of testosterone due to a medical condition you may experience a variety of negative side effects.
Schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss the options.