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For many reasons, testosterone can become—and stay—too low. Less often, testosterone levels can become too high. When this hormone is not in balance, health problems can result. Ask your doctor if you should get your testosterone level checked if you have any of the problems mentioned below. You can get treatment to fix hormone problems. It is a fact that testosterone levels in men fall as they age, often at the point in life when a man most needs to maintain a steady supply of this vital hormone. This decline typically occurs at some time after a male turns thirty, with a continued decrease of about 1 to 2 percent each year that follows. Reference

Although such a slight reduction in the secretion of testosterone probably does not seem like much at this point, after ten years of a 2% drop every twelve months, a man could find that his production of testosterone is down 20 percent. Now that can make a tremendous adverse impact on his overall well-being quality of life. low testosterone can lead to decreased muscle and bone strength, less energy, and lower fertility. Some things can temporarily lower testosterone, for instance, too much exercise, poor nutrition, or serious illness. Living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a good diet helps maintain normal testosterone levels. Reference

When young boys have too much testosterone, they can start puberty too early (before age 9). Some rare conditions, such as certain types of tumors, cause boys to make testosterone earlier than normal. Young boys also can have too much testosterone if they touch testosterone gel that an adult man is using for treatment. Testosterone is important to female metabolic, sexual, and muscular function. And just like with men, it is important for women to have a healthy hormone balance. Reference

Abnormally high testosterone levels in women can lead to a variety of symptoms. Most often, women with high testosterone levels develop male pattern hair growth (hirsutism), especially on their faces and chests. More rarely and over time, some women may experience virilization, which is increased muscle mass, redistribution of body fat, enlargement of the clitoris, deepening of the voice, male pattern baldness, acne, and/or increased perspiration. It is important to note that some women develop hirsutism without having a high testosterone level. Reference