Causes and side effects of low testosterone

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone hat stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.

What are the causes of testosterone low levels?

Aging is the first factor that causes low testosterone levels, or low T. It’s naturally that testosterone starts to decrease after the age of 30. Besides that, a variety of medical conditions can be responsible for low T. Some of them are:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Genetic causes
  • HIV
  • Heart failure
  • Infections (such as mumps)
  • Injury to the testicles
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Problems with the pituitary gland
  • Testicular cancer or treatment for testicular cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes

There are also drugs that are associated with low testosterone levels, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer
  • Corticosteroids
  • Opioids

The cause of low testosterone in a man can be unknown, and many men have several different causes.

Don’t ignore obesity, because is a frequent cause of low T.

Obesity, which is a problem in the United States as well as a growing problem in other parts of the world, has been noticed to have a contribution in low T condition.

There is also good news: weight loss is associated with an increase in testosterone levels.

  What are the side effects of testosterone?

Because of testosterone affects many functions in the individual’s body, you have to take into consideration the side effects of low T, including:

  • Reduced sex desire
  • Fewer erections
  • Infertility
  • Increased body fat
  • Decreased mass of muscles
  • Fragile bones
  • Loss of body and face hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Effects on cholesterol metabolism
  • Insomnia
  • Lowered motivation and self-confidence
  • Depression

All of these are side effects that can affect your life on the short and long road.

Treatment for low testosterone levels

If you are suffering from low T, regardless the reason, there are a lot of treatments that you can follow, in order to improve your health.

Examples of low T treatments:

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  • Testosterone therapy

This can be an option and it can be delivered in various ways: injections into the muscles on a regular schedule, patches applied to the skin, patches applied inside the mouth.

  • Be active and lose weight

Find pleasure in doing sports and lose weight, because this can help you slow the decreasion of testosterone in your body

  • Drugs prescribed by the doctor

Visit your doctor and ask him what is the best solution for you.

If you are experiencing low T condition, what is the worst side effect, from your point of view?

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