Like any other hormone, testosterone is very important for us. However, it starts reducing every year after the age of 30. It reduces significantly in some men.
In recent years, a trend has increased in older men having low testosterone to get testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT can treat symptoms like low energy, low libido and poor muscle mass.
But the problem of low testosterone not only occurs in older men. It happens even in young men, and even children and babies. Therefore Earth’s Wisdom today wants to discuss the very important issue of what causes low testosterone and what its symptoms are.
There are two types of hypogonadism viz. primary and secondary of which the primary hypogonadism can be caused by underactive testes because they don’t produce adequate levels of testosterone that is required for optimal health and growth. The causes of this underactivity can be an inherited trait, illness or accident.
Inherited traits include:
Types of testicle damage that can cause primary hypogonadism include:
This occurs due to damage to hypothalamus or pituitary gland which are parts of brain that control production of hormones by testes.
This category includes the following inherited or disease conditions:
You may experience primary, secondary or mixed hypogonadism. Mixed hypogonadism occurs commonly when age increases. The condition can also occur in people having glucocorticoid therapy. Also, people with alcoholism, thalassemia and sickle-cell disease can be affected by this condition.
Changes in lifestyle may ease your symptoms of low testosterone.
An ideal first step should be increasing physical activity and taking a healthy diet so as to shed body fat. Avoiding glucocorticoid medications like prednisone and opioid pain medications can also be helpful.
Low testosterone occurs due to primary or secondary hypogonadism which can begin during fetal development or puberty or adulthood and its symptoms at these various stages are:
Mental fogginess and fatigue are also commonly occurring symptoms in men with low testosterone.
Take your doctor’s advice if you see these symptoms and causes of low testosterone in your life and you can fight the condition.
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