6 Physical Signs and Symptoms of High Testosterone Levels in Men

What does a man look who has high testosterone levels? How can I know just by monitoring myself if I have high testosterone levels? What are the signs of high testosterone levels?

Those are questions that I get asked constantly via email. And the answer is relatively simple:

Almost every physical or emotional trait that reflects masculinity gets stronger and more apparent when a man has high testosterone level. After all, it’s the principal male hormone.

To give you guys a detailed answer, I have made this “signs of high testosterone” list.

Here is the list of 6 physical symptoms of high testosterone:

1. Growth of the Facial and Body Hair

Some signs of high testosterone are facial hair and body hair.What’s the preliminary reason why men grow a beard and women don’t?

Simply, testosterone.

And in more detail, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is an even stronger androgen than testosterone is, and is made when this enzyme called 5α-reductase converts testosterone into its more potent form (DHT).

Thus, men with high testosterone usually have high DHT levels, and therefore experience increased growth of facial and body hair…

…And that simply is why a beard is one of the simplest signs of high androgens in men.

However, this doesn’t apply to every guy with high testosterone, as there are men who have high testosterone levels, but low 5-a levels, meaning that there’s plenty of testosterone in the blood serum but it doesn’t convert so aggressively into DHT, how well androgens are taken up to the androgen receptors (AR) also plays a role.

Those guys might have high testosterone but probably aren’t equivalent to a hairy gorilla.

But all-in-all, hair growth is testosterone driven, as if there’s no testosterone, then there’s no DHT. And if there’s no DHT, then there’s no beard or body hair.

2. Strong and Defined Jawline

One of the signs of high testosterone is jawline growthTestosterone and its more potent derivate have been linked to increased bone density and growth.

This is seen especially in the jawbone, where testosterone widens the jawline and creates those sharp edges.

It’s also not a coincidence that when the scientists conduct those tests where they’re trying to figure out if women like feminine or masculine facial traits, the masculine image is always photoshopped so that it has a wider and more angular jawbone.

But quite possibly the clearest example of this are professional athletes in the dollar leagues of the US.

…Just take a look at some of the images from NFL, MLB, NHL, or NBA players before they went to the “big league”, and then a few years after.

It’s easy to spot that in some of the athletes, their jawlines usually grew by inches.

This is most likely caused by synthetic testosterone and growth hormone injections which are far too common in both sports.

NOTE: I’m not saying that all of the athletes in the big buck leagues would use steroids, but it would be inconsiderate to say that it wouldn’t happen at all. HGH for example isn’t even a banned substance in NHL.

3. Big Adam’s Apple and a Deep Voice

A big adam's apple is a sign of high testosterone.If a man has high testosterone levels during the growth stages of puberty, all of the muscles needed to produce sound, larynx, cartilage, and Adam’s apple grow significantly in size and strength.

This means that one of the clearest symptoms of high testosterone is a deep voice along with a protruded Adam’s apple…

…And that’s basically why women don’t have big Adam’s apple’s, they don’t have enough androgens to have one. Or at least to have a portruding one.

I also have a theory that even if you’re well past puberty, testosterone makes a difference in the deepness of voice and in the size of the Adam’s apple.

I base this claim on 2 things:

1. I nearly tripled my testosterone levels naturally in 4 years through trial and error, and during that time the size of my Adam’s apple more than doubled (I was 17-18 when I understood enough of natural hormone optimization to make a significant difference in my serum hormone levels, so some of the effects may be due to young age).

2. The women who undergo testosterone injection therapy in order to change their gender will usually grow large Adam’s apples and their voices will convert so that it’s about equivalent to a normal male voice (some get even deeper voices than most men). These changes take place even if the woman (or now man) is well past puberty.

4. Wide Shoulders

Wide shoulders are one of the symptoms of high testosterone levelsLike I said above, testosterone affects bone growth and maturation, and along with facial bones, it also impacts the shoulder griddle in a similar fashion.

It makes the shoulders wider.

This is due to the fact that the shoulder muscles and bones are both extremely dense in androgen receptors, and if you have high testosterone levels, then you have more of the stuff in your blood serum to attach to the receptors. (by the way, we have a specific training program for optimal AR density training here).

When testosterone attaches itself to the receptor it will trigger the protein synthesis inside the muscle, and when it attaches to the receptors inside bones, it makes them wider, more dense, and stronger.

Thus, one of the symptoms of high testosterone is wide shoulders.

Our testosterone hormonal optimization resistance training program, Thor, can help you increase your androgen receptor density and can help you develop wider shoulders.

5. Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness is a symptom of hig testosterone levelsOne of the signs of high testosterone may be hair loss, in some men, not nearly in all.

It’s due to the fact that DHT, which is a more potent form of T as explained above, is linked to hair loss.

In some men with the right genes, DHT binds into the hair follicles on top of the scalp, causing them to fall off.

However, this is in guys who are genetically prone to male pattern baldness. I, for example, have both; my testosterone and my DHT levels above the normal reference ranges, but I still have a thick full head of hair.

Basically, if you’re prone to losing hair, you will lose it even if you’d have low testosterone levels, but increased T might accelerate the effects.

The only scientifically proven way to preserve the hair on top of your scalp are some hair loss drug like finasteride

However, those drugs work as anti-androgens, blocking testosterone synthesis and the conversion of testosterone to DHT, causing low testosterone and erectile dysfunction in the long term.

6.) The Length of The Ring Finger

index finger ring finger length is a physical sign of high testosteroneScientists have recently found out that the ratio between the index finger and pointer finger is linked to the amount of testosterone received in utero and thus another one of the physical symptoms of high testosterone.

If a man has longer ring finger than a pointer finger, then he was most likely exposed to high doses of testosterone in the womb.

However if a guy has longer index finger than his ring finger is, then most likely there was less testosterone exposure in the womb.

Here’s a video explaining more:


Those were some of the most common physical signs of high testosterone levels in men.

If none of the above physical traits resemble you, then I highly suggest that you check out Testshock and start reading this blog from top to bottom for full understanding on why natural testosterone optimization is beneficial for all guys no matter how old or young they are.

Thank you for reading.

6 Physical Signs and Symptoms of High Testosterone Levels in Men was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala
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Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  • Zinc, creatine, and boron all increase DHT, probably due to elevations in 5-a

    • drgs

      Zinc inhibits 5ar

      • I’m assuming you’re talking about the in-vitro study where the researchers literally drowned isolated leydig cells to zinc in a petri dish.

        I find those results hard to believe, especially when there’s long-term studies in humans where zinc raised DHT quite significantly.


        • drgs

          The study is made on infertile men, who probably had non-existing 5ar to begin with

          In low doses zinc increases 5ar, if you go high enough it shuts it down completely

  • Yeah it has deepened a lot, other factors that might have had an impact were a year in the army and the fact that I was 16 when I started boosting my test.

  • Mika Nan

    Hey Ali, i am 13 years old going to turn 14, i have shit loads of leg hair, some moustache, about 18 inch shoulders and i am 5’9. The thing is that my shoulders are wide, but my hips are wider than my chest, and wider than my clavicle, but shoulders are still wider. I have a question did your clavicles and rib cage grow as you started following the testosterone boosting methods?

  • Alfie Mica

    Just a correction, it wouldn’t be “women who undergo hormone therapy to change gender.” It would FTM (female to male) transgender people. Such people are not women, otherwise they wouldn’t be doing the therapy.

    • Ray2311us

      They are women… unless they produce sperm count, then you should include the words: (Fantasy) otherwise stfu.

  • Yodamoo

    Crock of shit.

  • M.D.M.G.

    nice. my shoilders are 200 inches pls man

  • Super Cracker

    This is stupid. YOu leave out natural physical strength which is problem the no.1 sign of high testosterone.

    Just because you’re a short, bald fat guy with a slightly longer ring finger does not make you strong or aggressive.

  • Markdbruce

    As a young mid to late 20’s man I was hairy, chest, strip of hair down my belly and short blonde hair on arms, after taking a test booster from a gym I now have hair on my back shoulders and the rest of the hair I had before has now darkened and doubled in length, I’m so ashamed of myself, please anyone thinking of boosters, think twice as to what the side affects are or could be.

  • alrakiem

    that explains why I am so susceptible to masturbating and always wanted of having sex even though I don’t want it.

  • LuckyLegion

    height is not a good indicator of testosterone levels at all. Sure low levels will stunt growth a bit but height is genetic, some people have low testosterone levels and are giant

  • Sherwyn Sharma

    I started to shave at the age of 12? Is this because of my ethnicity?

    • bahadur

      i myself indian.. i had low t but never had problem growing beard. it seems like that was the only manly thing on me. i had high voice, had low bone density and almost no muscle mass but insane amount of body chest hair and facial hair… it seems like all my testosterone was used on making body hair. as if skin is the only place where i have androgen receptor… fortunatly i have now built some muscle mass and shaved my fucking chest hair. Indian is the worst genetics ever, maybe its the diet idk

  • Jacks Apple

    testosterone doesn’t really influence body structure. it’s mostly genetics.
    the only thing testosterone influences is probably hair loss and hair growth.
    which interstingly was something you denied and attempted to make up for.
    to me this article sounds like an attempt to stroke your own ego,
    but dude, you may not be bald now, you probably will be when you’re in your thirties or late 20’s .

    you’re an idiot.

  • LeAndra Kristine

    it’s all down to genetics unless you take testosterone pills

  • bahadur

    Indians have too much body hair, chest hair, facial hairs but have very low muscle mass.. whereas blacks have insanly high muscle mass with little to no body hair….. although these things are all testosterone related, i believe genetics also play roles. Certain races are pre-disposed to have certain qualities, maybe they have more androgen receptors in certain areas

  • Evan

    I have a dense beard that grows fast and a lot of body hair with arm hairs four inches long. I am blond (Danish) so they don’t show much. All my life it has been very easy to build muscle. I can easily do one leg squats. My BMI is currently 19. I Have virtually no fat. Pinch test on gut is 1/4 inch. I am 68 years old. I had my testosterone measured just six months ago for the first time. My doctor said “That’s impossible…” My T level is a little over 800. I have never taken anything to boost it or gone on any special diets except gluten free since I am celiac. I can still easily ride a bicycle 10 to 20 miles daily just for a little exercise and I do.

    How is it that my testosterone is so high? Where does that come from? And yes, the tool still works just fine.

  • Bubble Booteh

    My ring finger is super long compared to my index finger (freakishly long, almost exactly as long as my middle finger.), yet I do not have a broad jaw, I do not have broad shoulders, my Adam’s apple does not stick out, and I cannot grow facial hair.

    • Kumar Nishit

      I am sure your erect penis must be >= 7 inches in length . isn’t it ?

    • Kumar Nishit

      Maybe 8+

  • Rashawn Spann

    Hey Ali, what did you do during the period where you were 17-18 to optimize your hormone production? I’m seventeen and I feel like a late bloomer. I’m pretty thin, at 138 lbs, I’m a 5’8 African American, and my shoulders are about 41 inches around. I want to optimize my hormones in order to hit the maximum height for my genetic potential, grower bigger everywhere, develop a more masculine face ( chisleled jawline, wide jaw, course features, etc). Do you have your personal journal in the form of an article anywhere on the site (Kind of new to the site)? Also, I start a strength program. I’m lifting with my schools football team for 30 mins before soccer practice, but soon I will have a gym membership and do starting strength or Greyskull LP.