Low testosterone, also called hypogonadism, is a condition whereby levels of the male sex hormone drop below the 300 ng/dL threshold. When testosterone levels become too low, men may experience a variety of symptoms. These include:
Hypogonadism is one of the main causes of low testosterone in men. The condition is due to the testicles not producing enough of the hormone because of disruptions in brain signaling.
There are a few other causes for low testosterone, these include:
Various research studies have shown that obesity is a major risk factor for reduced testosterone levels. Scientists expect that this is due to excess levels of insulin hampering the production of testosterone. One study in 2,100 men found that low testosterone was 2.4x higher in men with obesity, 2.1x higher in diabetics and 1.8x higher in those with high blood pressure.
An analysis of multiple research papers found that men with low testosterone may also have an increased risk of diabetes whilst high levels may be protective against diabetes.
If you think you may be experiencing low testosterone levels, do not panic. Testosterone naturally declines in men as they age. This process could begin in your 20s but is more likely to become noticeable after the age of 40 years when hormone levels decline by about 1.5% per year.
Make sure you see a doctor to have your blood tested if you experience any of the symptoms above or have been diagnosed with one of the main causes of low testosterone.
Testosterone levels naturally decline with advanced age. In patients aged 40 years or younger, symptoms of the condition may already become apparent at levels below 400 ng/dL. Symptoms include:
If you suspect low testosterone, it’s best to make an appointment for a blood test. This will quickly help determine if your hormone levels are too low.
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