What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It is produced in the testicles. Testosterone levels are essential to normal male sexual functions. Testosterone helps males develop their male features during puberty. Testosterone is required for the production of sperms in male. Production of testosterone is a part of the endocrine system of body.
What is low Testosterone?
Normal testosterone levels usually decrease with age that’s why older men tend to have low testosterone levels but some men may have low levels of testosterone due to some other reasons. This is called low testosterone or testosterone deficiency syndrome.
What are the signs of Low Testosterone?
Symptoms of low testosterone includes Lethargy, weaker muscles, obesity, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, memory issues, mood problems, fatigue, irritability, depression, reduced lean muscle mass, less beard growth, poor concentration, low energy levels, low endurance and physical strength. Having a single symptom may not mean that you have low testosterone but mix of symptoms indicates the low levels of testosterone in your body.
What are the causes of Low Testosterone?
Some people are born with conditions that cause low testosterone such as ambiguous genitalia, noonan syndrome and klinefelter syndrome. In some males, low testosterone is caused by conditions including auto immune disease, infection, pituitary gland disease, and chemotherapy, removal of testicles due to cancer or damage to testicles due to some reason. Other factors that cause testosterone deficiency are metabolic syndrome, obesity, HIV, type 2 diabetes, alcohol, aging and use of narcotic pain medications or antidepressant medications.
What are the treatments for Low Testosterone?
Testosterone therapy and certain medications can treat low testosterone symptoms and balance the levels of testosterone in body. There are different ways to take testosterone including use of pellets under the skin, intranasal, oral, injection or Trans dermal. Before taking testosterone therapy, your doctor tests your blood to determine the testosterone levels.