Low testosterone or Hypogonadism, affects 39% of men over the age of 45 and as you age the percentage of men affected by low testosterone increases. In fact by the time men reach the age of 80 more than half of them are suffering from low testosterone.
What does testosterone do?
Testosterone is important for men’s health as this is the hormone that is responsible for the development of male reproductive tissues. Testosterone is why men are physically strong, it is responsible for body mass, your deep voice and many other systems in the body. It helps men build protein, it is vital to liver function, the production of blood cells and it helps you stay slim by regulating your metabolism. It is crucial for the production of sperm and your sex drive.
Testosterone is important for overall male health, without adequate amounts of testosterone in your body you can suffer from a number of ailments. Low testosterone can have side effects like mood swings, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, loss of concentration, weight gain, and irritability just to name a few.
What causes low testosterone?
There are many causes to low testosterone, the most common being age. The normal production of testosterone can be interrupted or damaged if you have ever had mumps that led to inflammation of the testes. Testicular cancer and the radiation treatments used to treat it can affect testosterone production. Lifestyle factors can also influence the production of 6testosterone, alcohol consumption, substance abuse and smoking. Injuries to the groin or testes can affect testosterone production keeping it abnormally low.
Diagnosis and treatment for low testosterone
Your doctor can test your testosterone levels with a simple blood test, the test is best done in the morning when your testosterone levels are at their highest. Your testosterone levels can drop significantly during the day, in fact they can drop as much as 13%. If your doctor determines that your testosterone levels are too low he can start you on Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Here is a video showing you how that works.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy comes in many forms, you can take injections, gels or oral medications. There are lifestyle changes that you can make that will help improve testosterone production, not to mention your overall health. Start with quitting smoking, reduce your alcohol intake along with regular exercise and healthy eating.
Don’t underestimate how much lifestyle changes can improve testosterone production and it is the first thing you should try once you have been diagnosed with low testosterone. The problem needs to be corrected as soon as possible. If you suspect that you have low testosterone see your doctor right away to get your levels tested. It can take as long as three months to start seeing a reduction in your symptoms and return your testosterone to normal levels.