Low Testosterone? How Much Do Really You Know?

Low testosterone is one of those phrases you hear tossed around…But, how much do you really know about it?

During puberty, testosterone helps build up a man’s muscles, makes his voice get deeper, and increases the size of his penis and testes. NHS Heroes When adulthood sets in, it keeps his muscles and bones strong and fuels his sex drive.

Physically, it’s what makes a man a man.

After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes follows. This leads some men to the mistakenbelief that their loss of interest in sex is just due to “getting older.”

Typically,blood levels of testosterone which are below 300ng/dL(nanograms per deciliter) are considered low. This condition brings on a number of negative symptoms which may include depression, fatigue and reduced sexual desire.

The good news is that by adopting a healthy lifestyle you can overcome many of these symptoms and increase your testosterone levels.

Now, before you groan and tell yourself this will be another one of those articles telling you to lose weight and get fit, etc….Hear Me Out. You just might need to hear it again.

Factors behind low testosterone levels:

Testosterone is produced in your testes, so any problems in this part of your body can inhibit testosterone production. Problems with the testes can be caused by damage or injury to them, using anabolic steroids and more.

Problems With The Hypothalamus & Pituitary- these glands regulate testosterone levels in the body. Any problems with either of these glands, which can be caused by head injuries, reduced blood flow, and more, can interfere with this process.

  • Infection
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
Symptoms:

Testosterone has a direct influenceover your energy levels, sexual health and overall strength. Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Breast Development: If your testosterone levels drop below normal but your estrogen levels remain constant, a hormonal imbalance is created in your body and in some cases this can lead to gynecomastia (enlargement of the gland tissues of the male breast).
  •  Depression:Low testosterone affects your mood and in many cases it can cause depression.
  • Low Energy Levels:Low levels of testosterone can impact your energy levels in various ways. In some people it leads to constant fatigue, others experience constant fluctuations in their energy levels.
  • Muscle Shrinking: One of the many roles of testosterone is to support and maintain your muscles. If your blood levels of testosterone become too low, it can cause your muscles to deteriorate and shrink , causing extreme weakness.
  • Osteoporosis: Another key role of testosterone is to keep your bones strong and healthy. Low testosterone levels can lead to osteoporosis – a condition characterized by reduced bone mineral density. This makes your bones weaker, and you become more susceptible to fractures.
  • Sexual Problems: Testosterone is a primary hormone for good sexual health. Low levels of testosterone can lead to erectile dysfunction, a low sperm count and reduced sex drive.
The GOOD News:

With the exception of gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), which very often requires surgical treatment, many of the symptoms of low testosterone can be treated naturally by making healthier lifestyle choices and altering your diet and exercise routine.

Adjust Your Diet:

The foods you eat can have a huge impact on your testosterone levels. To boost your testosterone levels:

  • Increase your intake of foods that are rich in B vitamins and zinc. These nutrients are both used during testosterone production and eating more of them can increase your levels.
  • Reduce your consumption of carbohydrates.

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