Low T, a common issue for men over 30, is a lower-than-normal level of the male hormone testosterone. Men who struggle with Low T may experience things like sexual side effects, abnormal fatigue, loss of muscle mass, and depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, testosterone is the important male hormone. It is responsible for regulating sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm.
Common causes of Low T
Low testosterone can also have a number of potential causes, including:
Hypogonadism is an inadequate testicular production of testosterone that may occur before or after puberty.
Obesity occurs when a person’s body mass index is 30 or greater. The main symptom is excess body fat, which can lead to additional health conditions.
- Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs either when a person’s body is unable to produce enough insulin or it resists insulin. Excess weight and inactivity are known contributing factors.
- Chronic disease of the liver or kidneys
Chronic liver or kidney disease causes decreased hormone production, including testosterone.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Lung diseases, including COPD, can lead to exercise intolerance and therefore muscle wasting, muscle fatigue, and reduced testosterone levels.
- Disorders of the pituitary gland
The pituitary gland is responsible for signaling the testicles to produce and release testosterone. Problems with them can cause hypogonadism or Low T.
Certain inflammatory diseases, like sarcoidosis, histiocytosis and tuberculosis, involve the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, and can affect testosterone production, causing hypogonadism and Low T.
- Testicular injury
Injury to the testicles including trauma, testicular cancer, radiation or chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer, can adversely affect testosterone production.
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