4 Causes of Hypogonadism
Posted: August 26, 2019
If you suffer from low testosterone, you might be able to blame your ancestors. A study found that low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, is linked to a man’s genes. The sex hormone-binding globulin gene contains the most markers for low testosterone, but the X chromosome carries some as well. Learning more about the link between genes and low testosterone may eventually help medical providers identify men who are at risk for developing hypogonadism.
The testicles are responsible for testosterone production. When they produce too little, men can suffer from a range of different symptoms, including sexual dysfunction, trouble sleeping, a lack of energy, less muscle mass and more. Further research into the role played by genetics is needed, but certain other factors are also predictors of low testosterone.
As men age, their testosterone begins to decrease. This does not mean that all men will have symptoms of low testosterone, but it is perhaps the most reliable risk factor. Testosterone starts to drop in men when they are about 30 years old, and it continues to drop about 1% per year. This means that by the time men reach their 50s and 60s, a number of them may have symptoms related to low testosterone. Fortunately, a men’s health clinic can test for low testosterone levels and administer testosterone replacement therapy if necessary.
The thyroid is a small gland found under the Adam’s apple, and it produces thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which a person is low in thyroid. It is more common in women than men, but men can develop it as well. If a man has hypothyroidism, this can potentially also lead to hypogonadism. A simple blood test can determine whether a man is suffering from low thyroid.
Being overweight, drinking too much and not getting enough exercise can also factor into hypogonadism. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important part of men’s wellness. It is important not only to avoid low testosterone or other hormonal imbalances but also to prevent other dangerous conditions from developing, such as hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease.
Hypogonadism can have a number of other causes as well and identifying that cause and treating it may help restore testosterone levels. Gauging symptoms is also important in determining whether a man’s testosterone levels are low since there is a wide range of what can be considered normal.
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