Tired? Depressed? Experiencing a lack of libido? More men and women around the world are experiencing the effects of low testosterone and don’t realize it. In the United States alone, there is an estimated 15 million men who have low-T. The problem is that the symptoms differ wildly from one person to the next, making the condition difficult to diagnose without blood work. The American Urology Association states that low testosterone is anywhere below 300 nanograms (Ng) of the hormone per deciliter (dl) of blood.
For men over 30 years of age, testosterone depletes naturally about 2% a year, but anything more dramatic can cause serious health issues. Women, too, can experience low testosterone levels that affects mood and health.
If you think that you could have low testosterone, keep reading to learn about the symptoms that identify this condition.
What Causes Low-T?
Testosterone deficiency, also known as Low-T, andropause, or hypogonadism, isn’t a laughing matter. Men who don’t have enough testosterone, especially younger men between the ages of 20-30 years of age, face a much higher risk of health complications, including increased incidences of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
Some contributing factors to low testosterone include:
• High cholesterol levels
• Being overweight or obese
• Drinking alcohol excessively
• Using anabolic steroids
• High blood pressure
• Prescription drugs including opiates and steroids
• Illegal drug use
• Pituitary or hypothalamic disorders
• Injuries and tumors that have inflamed the testicles for a prolonged period
• Diseases such as Kallman’s syndrome, Down syndrome, and others
• Diabetes, liver diseases, and AIDS
• Cancer treatments
• Old age
After 30 years of age, the amount of testosterone starts to gradually decline. However, you should never assume that a lack for the hormone is merely “aging.” Problems between the ages of 20 to the early 40s can be signs of serious conditions.
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