The Most Common Causes Of Testosterone Deficiency
What are the causes of testosterone deficiency or low T? The list below shares the most common causes of low T, but there can be other medical reasons as well as to why testosterone depletes in the body.
Common causes of testosterone deficiency are:
- Natural aging of the mind and body
- Testes that are underproducing the hormone
- Ovaries that are underproducing the hormone
- Underactive adrenal glands
The two main places that testosterone is produced in the body are the testes in men and the ovaries in women. A small amount of testosterone is also manufactured in the adrenal glands in both genders. The hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland which signals the testicles, ovaries and/or adrenal glands to make the hormone when the body needs it.
The problem is that when they hypothalamus and the pituitary glands are not working to their optimal capacity and signaling for testosterone production does not properly take place. In addition, when the testicles, ovaries and/or adrenal glands are signaled, they may not produce the needed testosterone because they are tired and slow – aging symptoms.
Innovative medical doctors will usually prescribe testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for patients over 30 years old who are experiencing low T due to aging. Experts believe that starting at age 30 is when the body is considered to be getting older. Therefore, this is the age when professionals believe that the body’s systems, organs and glands slow down.
Other Medical Causes Of Testosterone Deficiency
The most common cause for most people to lose their testosterone is aging. However, there are other medical reasons that testosterone can deplete prematurely. Some of these reasons for slowing testosterone production are:
- Tumor on the pituitary gland
- Tumor on the hypothalamus
- An injury caused by an accident
- Other brain injuries
- Injury to the testes, ovaries or adrenal glands
- Radiation or other cancer treatment for the brain
When the cause of testosterone deficiency in men or women is because of one of the medical conditions listed above, a doctor must decide what the best treatment for the patient should be. Sometimes testosterone replacement therapy is best because it is considered to be very natural and gentle on the body as long as it is medically supervised.
The testosterone medication used for TRT is bio-identical to what the person already produces. This means that the body will often accept the testosterone medication without negative side effects occurring.
Licensed doctors must correctly prescribe the exact dosage a patient needs to raise and balance testosterone levels. In addition, the doctor must medically monitor the patient while taking the medication to ensure no side effects occur. If anything does seem out of the ordinary, the doctor can immediately alter a dosage or change a medication.
Medical issues that are the causes of testosterone deficiencies need special attention. This is when an endocrinologist will determine what the best course of action for a testosterone deficiency will be.
What Are Other Natural Causes Of Testosterone Deficiency
Two natural causes of testosterone deficiency can be primary hypogonadism and secondary hypogonadism. Both of these causes of testosterone deficiency can happen any time in life. A person can be born with hypogonadism or acquire it later in life. Men over 30, 40, 50 or even 60 plus, can all of sudden develop the condition of primary or secondary hypogonadism and develop a testosterone deficiency. This is when TRT can help.
- Primary hypogonadism
- Secondary hypogonadism
Primary hypogonadism in men and women is when the testes or the ovaries are having difficulty producing the proper amount of testosterone for the male or female to be optimally healthy. The testes and ovaries are being signaled correctly by the brain to manufacture the hormone, but they are not working correctly to deliver the testosterone that the body needs.
Secondary hypogonadism stems from problems with the hypothalamus or pituitary gland not working correctly. The hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain will stop manufacturing the gonadotropin releasing hormone that is necessary to send signals. The signals from the hypothalamus are then not sent to the pituitary gland to create follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) or luteinizing hormone (LH). Lastly, this means that the pituitary cannot send the proper signals to the testes to produce testosterone.
Can Lifestyle Habits Be The Cause Of Low Testosterone
Yes. Poor lifestyle habits can without a doubt contribute to the cause of a testosterone deficiency in both men and women. The below guide is something to be aware of when you are living your day to day life while not realizing that you are causing low T in your own body. People may not realize the importance of:
- The foods you eat
- Sleep deprivation
- Not partaking in enough exercise
- Drinking to heavily
The guide below shares a person’s lifestyle habit and how it may have a direct impact on their testosterone deficiency:
|Lifestyle Habit||How can a lifestyle habit be the cause of testosterone deficiency|
|Food choices||The food that is ingested into the body has a direct correlation on how much testosterone is created in the body. Doctors suggest that a great way to help the body to naturally produce testosterone and to avoid low T symptoms is to eat foods such as egg yolks, beef, dark chocolate, oysters, shellfish, skim or low fat milk, nuts, beans, pineapple, watermelon and yogurt, for example. Make sure to eat all foods in moderation and watch bad fat and refined sugar intake.|
|Sleep deprivation||Depriving the body of deep, solid sleep is highly detrimental to the body in many ways. It has been proven to be a cause of testosterone deficiency. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism stated that an average of 8 hours of sleep per night is vital to give the body what it needs to produce testosterone enough correctly.|
|Lack of exercise||If a person does not exercise, this will lower testosterone levels and inhibit new testosterone from producing in the body, according to sources. Resistance training is the best way to increase testosterone quickly.|
|Stress||Stress is dangerous on so many levels. It is a definite cause of testosterone deficiency, according to experts in endocrinology. The National Institutes of Health shared that stress can impact the production of many hormones, including testosterone. It is vital to learn how to control stressful situations that occur in life for plentiful testosterone production and overall health.|
|Smoking||Cigarette smoke is toxic in all ways. Nicotine can raise havoc on the brain’s powerhouses (the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus) and decrease the amount of testosterone produced, according to the American Journal of Medical Sciences.|
|Drinking too heavily||Experts have shared that over indulging in alcoholic beverages can suppress the production of testosterone, according to the National Institutes of Health. Limited drinking will not necessarily affect testosterone production, but in studies, heavy drinking has been shown to be a cause of testosterone deficiency.|
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