What Causes Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone in males means his testosterone is below normal levels. It’s natural for men to produce less testosterone as they age. However, it’s not natural for testosterone to fall below a certain level. When a man’s testosterone falls below a level of around 300 ng/dL, it’s generally considered to be low. Low testosterone can cause a wide range of problems to all ages in male. The best way to correct low testosterone is to find out the causes of low testosterone. Here we have 10 causes of low testosterone from simple causes to more technical causes.
Aging. For most men, testosterone levels start decreasing around age 40 and continue to decrease about 1% each year. So by age 70, your levels can decline by about 30%. The good news is that even with the drop, three-quarters of older men still have testosterone levels in the normal range.
Obesity. Some of a man’s testosterone is naturally converted to estrogen, a hormone usually associated with women. But men need estrogen, too, especially to maintain healthy bone density. The problem with obesity is that the conversion from testosterone to estrogen mainly happens in fat cells. The more fat cells you have, the more testosterone is being converted to estrogen, leading to lower testosterone levels.
Medications. Opiates, taken for pain, and certain hormones can cause problems with testosterone production
Performance enhancing drugs (anabolic steroids). Bodybuilders and athletes sometimes take anabolic steroids to make them stronger or faster. But performance enhancing drugs can make testicles shrink and impair testosterone production. The body no longer relies on the testicles to produce testosterone when steroids are present. Eventually the testicles become useless in producing testosterone even off steroids.
Inflammation. Certain conditions and diseases, such as sarcoidosis, histiocytosis, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS can affect the pituitary gland and/or the hypothalamus because of inflammation.
Infection. Mumps, meningitis, and syphilis are known to lower testosterone levels
Head trauma and tumors. These conditions can also affect the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
Too much iron in the blood (hemochromatosis). This can cause damage to your testes and your pituitary gland.
Varicocele. Varicocele are a mass of varicose veins in the testicles that become elongated and enlarged. Valves within the pampiniform plexus only allow blood to flow away from the testicles. When these valves are not working, the blood builds up in the veins causing varicose veins. Vericocele is most common in the left testicle; it is described as a “bag of worms”. Vericocele affects the production of the testosterone by hampering the ability for the blood to flow forward, meaning that there will be a buildup of metabolic waste decreasing testicular function. Excessive blood build up in the vein can also produce unwanted heat that will decrease sperm count.
Lack of sleep. Loss of sleep can cause low testosterone production. Many people do not realize it but testosterone is only produced by the testicle at night. Testosterone levels gradually build up over the hours of night, hence why testosterone levels in the morning at highest and lowest at night. Testosterone replenishment is most effective with men sleeping a full 8 hours or more. Declined levels are shown when sleep is only 4-6 hours long.
These are the causes of low testosterone, the next step is diagnosing yourself with low testosterone. Do you exhibit those signs posted in