Top 3 Reasons For Low Testosterone
I am sure that you know what testosterone is. You are more than likely well aware of how important it can be in a man’s life.
It’s the stuff that makes a man a man, from facial hair and a deeper voice to sex drive, erections, and sperm production. When a man has low testosterone, his libido can plummet, along with other aspects of his sexual function.
You may not know what causes low levels of this hormone, however. You may also want to know how you can keep your levels of testosterone at a healthy level, even as you age.
I am now going to try to explain to you exactly what low testosterone is.
You can get a blood test done to see what your levels of this specific hormone is. The range of this can vary widely. For example, many healthy adult males have levels between 270 and 1070 nanograms per decileter. That is a huge difference. The basic rule of thumb is that if your levels are below 300 ng/dl, then you should be diagnosed for low hormonal levels.
Be sure to keep in mind that a man’s testosterone levels fluctuate during the day. Levels are usually highest around 8 a.m. and lowest around 9 p.m.
Most doctors conduct testosterone tests early in the morning so they can get a consistent reading over time.
Another thing to think about is the way testosterone is produced. Most of it is made in the testes, but before that even happens, signals from the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus (a part of the brain) need to trigger that production.
The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are simply as important as the testes themselves.
Now, let’s look at the top three reasons behind low testosterone.
Aging is number one. For most men, testosterone levels start decreasing around age 40 and continue to decrease about 1% each year. So by age 70, your levels can decline by about 30%. The good news is that even with the drop, three-quarters of older men still have testosterone levels in the normal range.
The number 2 most common reason would have to be medication. The use of opiates, which are common for pain, will almost certainly effect your hormonal production of testosterone.
Head trauma and tumors would have to come in at the third position. These types of injuries could cause damage to the part of the brain that send the signals to your testes to get to making.