Low testosterone in men is also known as hypogonadism. Low Testosterone is when the total testosterone is less than 300 ng/dl.
In men who are 40 years old and less, there may be differences in the levels of testosterone between morning and evening. Therefore blood testing should be done in the morning, probably before 11 AM. Since the kind of food one consumes may reduce the levels of testosterone, blood should be taken when one is in the fasting state. Due to frequent differences in the levels of testosterone, an abnormal test must be repeated.
The following are symptoms of low levels of testosterone in men:
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hot flashes
Nonetheless, it is also important to point out that there are men display fewer symptoms or nothing at all. Men who have been diagnosed with lower testosterone often feel depressed and tired. But since most do not experience erectile dysfunction, many tend to ignore the problem thereby prolonging treatment for low testosterone.
There are many and different causes of low testosterone. Finding the cause of hypogonadism is of great value just as getting treated. The source of the problem might be from the pituitary gland or the brain since these organs, the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus which is the part of the brain control testosterone production from the testicles.
Excess fat and obesity can also lead to one having low testosterone. Excess fats produce inflammation chemicals also known as cytokines and hormones like leptin, which lower testosterone levels. Diabetes also puts one at a risk of having low levels of testosterone.
Many men with low testosterone who are overweight suffer from gynecomastia which is the swelling of the breasts; although not everyone complaining of hypogonadism from excess weight has to take testosterone drugs. Being healthier and also losing weight naturally boosts testosterone naturally without the help of medicine.
Other causes of low testosterone in men are exposure to toxic substances, testicular problems or testicular failure. Alcohol is known to be toxin to the testicle.chemicals found in plastic also known as BPA causes low testosterone because BPA is an endocrine disruptor that normally imitates estrogen which is the female hormone.
When having low testosterone, it is advisable to consult a doctor who will perform the right tests on you and give you the best medication. The common type of drugs that people take when suffering from this condition is testogel. Application of the gel in the correct areas which is the arms, shoulders and the abdomen helps to bring back the testosterone levels to normal. In addition, natural testosterone supplements may help.