Hypothyroidism and Low T: What Is Their Relationship?
The thyroid is an adrenal gland that produces two essential hormones: Triiodothyronine and thyroxine. These hormones are responsible for regulating many bodily processes as well as supporting hormone balance, metabolism and protein synthesis. It is located in the throat, at the base of the neck; a long way from the male reproductive system. However, these two areas of the body are intimately connected.
What is hypothyroidism?
Women are eight times more likely to develop this condition than men, but men are affected too. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone for the body. People rely on this hormone to function properly both physically and mentally. Here are some common symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Puffy face
- Elevated cholesterol
- Muscle ache or weakness
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints
- Slowed heart rate
- Impaired memory
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
What is Low T?
Low T is a lower than normal level of the male hormone, testosterone. It occurs when the male gonads (testes) fail to function properly (e.g. release enough testosterone). Signs and symptoms of Low T may include:
- Low sex drive
- Reduced lean muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
What is the link between hypothyroidism and Low T?
Hypothyroidism can directly affect the hypothalamus, the area of the brain responsible for hormone production and negatively impact testosterone production. When the thyroid is underactive (known as hypothyroidism) it causes a negative cascading effect on testosterone levels and sperm production and vice versa.
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