What Causes Low Testosterone in Males?
At about age 30, the testosterone levels in males slowly begins to decline over time. While levels of testosterone – the primary male sex hormone – diminish, men may begin to experience symptoms such as fatigue, decreased sex drive, and a slight loss in muscle mass.
These are all normal symptoms of aging, but sometimes men can experience these symptoms prematurely. The good news is, most causes of low testosterone are treatable, so if you experience these symptoms at any age, you can seek treatment.
What causes low testosterone?
One of the most common reasons for loss of testosterone in men is illnesses including type 2 diabetes, liver or kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or pituitary gland problems. Hormone levels can also drop with genetic conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, the body storing too much iron, and a host of other conditions. The bottom line is that low testosterone can occur when an issue prevents the testes from producing the hormone.
Doctors classify low testosterone as either primary or secondary. Primary hypogonadism is rooted in problems in the testicles whether it is developmental, from an injury, or radiation or chemotherapy treatment. In secondary hypogonadism, the testicles remain normal, but they cannot function properly due to a problem in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
How do I know it is low testosterone?
Whether the causes are primary or secondary, most symptoms of low testosterone are the same across the board. These symptoms include:
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Moodiness and fatigue
- Decreased mental agility
Doctors often hear men with low testosterone levels express worry about not being able to work out like they used to or having little interest in sex.
If you are worried about low testosterone levels, the first step is scheduling an appointment with a physician, like those at Turtle Creek Medical Center. Our doctors will be able to diagnose low testosterone levels with a blood test. If the test does reveal your testosterone levels to be low, we can work with you on a treatment.
Treatments for Low Testosterone
Most of the time treatments are used with patients experiencing fatigue and decreased libido. In men who cannot produce the hormone in their testes because of genetic conditions or cancer, the best option is testosterone replacement therapy.
Turtle Creek Medical Center
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed here, please schedule a consultation with Turtle Creek Medical Center. We can help diagnose the problem along with the underlying cause behind it, as well as recommend treatments. Please contact us today.