At What Age Should You Start Taking Testosterone Boosters?

Dr. Harshi Dhingra, MBBS, MD
Published by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, MBBS, MD | Medical Doctor
Last updated: April 2, 2024
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When you hit a certain age, t-booster commercials keep popping up, but is it just a coincidence or something else?

If you have been wondering when is the right time for you to start using this kind of supplement, keep on reading to find out the recommended timing.

This guide is based on my practical medical experience and extensive research from various scientific sources to ensure accurate and safe advice.

Quick Summary

  • To determine the appropriate age for starting testosterone boosters, consider individual hormone levels and symptoms, especially after the age of 20.
  • Natural testosterone production typically peaks in early adulthood and begins to decline around the age of 30, at a rate of about 1% per year.
  • After the age of 40, testosterone levels can decrease at an increased rate of 2% per year, impacting various physical and mental health aspects, according to Harvard Medical School.
  • In my professional opinion, prioritizing natural methods like diet and exercise for testosterone enhancement is preferable to early supplementation, especially for those under 30.

Testosterone and Age

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This important chemical substance that our bodies produce is referred to as male sex hormone for a good reason.

It belongs to a group of steroid hormones and plays a key role in:

  • Red blood cells and sperm production
  • Strength and muscle mass gain
  • Distribution of body fat
  • Bone density
  • Sexual and physical health

During puberty, a surge in testosterone levels boosts sex drive, increases strength, and can lead to common adolescent challenges like acne and excess facial hair.

In my medical practice, I've observed that early adulthood is often when natural testosterone production peaks. After your 30th B-day, the levels drop - usually at a rate of about 1% a year, increasing to 2% per year after 40, according to Harvard Medical School [1].

But all of this hugely depends on a person's genetics, physical activity, diet, and lifestyle.

For example, in some guys, natural testosterone levels remain high throughout life, while in others, they can start dropping before they turn 40.

"When you think of a decrease in natural testosterone levels, you might think of middle-aged or older men. But men under 30 can also have low levels",

- Graham Rogers, M.D., healthline.com

For guys above 50, it's important to determine if the reduction in testosterone level is due to normal aging or other possible health problems before they start taking a testosterone booster.

We have an article on the best methods to increase testosterone in older men.

When Should You Start Taking Testosterone Boosters?

Based on my clinical experience, the decision to start testosterone boosters hinges on individual symptoms. In my practice, I generally advise against supplementation for most healthy individuals whose bodies are naturally producing hormones, typically up to their late 20s.

If you are a 40-plus guy with an early onset of erectile dysfunction, experts suggest a thorough medical check-up before getting on with supplementation.

Related: When Is the Best Time to Take Testosterone Boosters?

How Do Testosterone Boosters Work?

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Testosterone boosters' are over-the-counter products aimed at naturally increasing testosterone production. Unlike prescription testosterone therapy, these boosters are often powders blending herbal extracts and other ingredients to stimulate hormone production.

In my practice with athletes and fitness enthusiasts, these boosters are popular. However, I recommend against their use in individuals under 18, in line with general medical guidance. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend t-boosters in young teens unless there is a medical reason.

For older men, the American College of Physicians suggests testosterone replacement primarily for treating sexual dysfunction, as natural t-level declines might not always require intervention [2].

Despite some quality products, transparency about ingredients varies, so it's crucial to research thoroughly before starting any booster.

See our article on the best testosterone boosters out there

What Are the Signs of Low Testosterone Levels?

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Aside from your age, low testosterone levels can sometimes be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle that you can easily fix, while in other cases, this is triggered by underlying health problems that your doctor needs to examine.

People with low-T may experience the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Reduced lean muscle mass
  • Hair loss
  • Irritability
  • Increase in body weight
  • Depression and low energy
  • Decrease in appetite for sex (libido)

There are tons of other possible reasons for these symptoms, including opioid use, injury to the testicles, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and obesity that can occur at any age.

The impact of low testosterone levels extends beyond physical symptoms, potentially affecting mental health by contributing to issues like depression, decreased motivation, and difficulties with concentration, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive approach to testosterone management.

Monitoring your testosterone levels and discussing any concerning symptoms with your healthcare provider is essential in determining the underlying cause and exploring appropriate treatment options to improve your overall well-being.

What Are the Risks of Taking a Testosterone Supplement?

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According to research, the risks linked to testosterone supplementation include: 

  • Increased chance of developing heart disease.
  • Prostate growth.
  • High red blood cell count that could increase the risk of clotting
  • Acne
  • Ankle swelling

It's important to note that testosterone supplements should be approached with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

They can evaluate your circumstances, assess the potential risks and benefits, and help you decide about testosterone supplementation as part of your overall health management.

If you're considering testosterone supplementation, seeking guidance from a trusted online TRT clinic can provide expert advice and convenient access to the care you need.

A T-supplement can also interact with certain medications, so make sure to talk to your doctor before you dive right into your new supplement routine.

Natural Testosterone Boosters - Alternative Ways to Boost Sex Drive

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In addition to considering testosterone boosters, we should also explore natural methods for enhancing testosterone levels, such as lifestyle changes like weight loss and engaging in resistance exercises, offering a more holistic approach to managing testosterone levels.

Although a good-quality testosterone booster is hard to resist, whether you're a fitness-crazy teenager or a middle-aged man, you should remember that supplementation it's not always necessary.

There are natural ways to boost this hormone and get the same results - minus the potential health risks. You can try:

  • Whey protein - latest research suggests that this is a better option for building muscle, shedding fat, and consequently boosting your T-level.
  • Vitamin D and Zinc - a daily dose of vitamin D and minerals like zinc can nudge your body into producing more natural testosterone.
  • More Exercise - numerous studies have shown that your training sessions can be one of the most effective natural testosterone boosters.
  • Different Diet - foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants and protein-rich diet can help maintain a healthy hormonal balance in your body.

See more: The Best Testosterone Boosting Diet Plan


References:

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/testosterone_aging_and_the_mind
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-testosterone-idUKKBN1Z525S/
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Dr. Harshi Dhingra, MBBS, MD is a published peer-reviewed author and renowned physician from India with over a decade of experience. With her MBBS from Bharati Vidyapeeth and an MD from Rajiv Gandhi University, she actively ensures the accuracy of online dietary supplement and medical information by reviewing and fact-checking health publications.
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Dr. Kristy June Dayanan, BS, MD is an author with a BS degree from University of the Philippines and an MD from University of Perpetual Help System. Her ability to simplify medical science complexities and dietary supplement jargon for the average reader makes her a valued medical fact checker and reviewer.
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