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Low Testosterone

Testosterone is the male hormone that is responsible for developing the testes during puberty. It contributes to male attributes such as facial hair and a deepened voice, while affecting a man’s libido and even his mood.

Symptoms of Low-Testosterone (Low-T)

After the age of 30, a man’s testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease. This regression is usually gradual and spread out over the rest of his life. In some cases though, the levels drop rapidly, which leads to a host of symptoms. Some of these may include:

  • Diminished sexual desire
  • Clinical depression
  • Less energy
  • Loss of bone density which will appear as a loss of height
  • Decreased strength due to depleted muscle mass
  • Weaker erections
  • Obesity, type 2 diabetes, or problems with the thyroid
  • Less semen during ejaculation
  • Testicle shrinkage or numbness in the testicles
  • Erectile dysfunction

Causes of Low Testosterone (Low-T)

Among the known causes of low testosterone, medical experts have defined three main factors. They believe the condition originates either in the testes, pituitary gland, or the hypothalamus of the brain.

Low testosterone in relation to the testes can occur due to a number of reasons:

  • Undescended testicles
  • Injury to the testicles
  • Cancer therapy in response to testicular cancer
  • Aging
  • Contracting the mumps in puberty or adulthood which leads to inflammation of the testes
  • Genetic conditions such as a chromosome abnormality

When low testosterone is a result of a condition in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, doctors may seek out one of the following:

  • Damage to the pituitary gland caused by a tumor
  • A malformed hypothalamus
  • A decrease in blood flow to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
  • The existence of the HIV or AIDS virus because either one may inflame the pituitary gland or hypothalamus

We may also ask if you’ve used anabolic steroids or have been battling with obesity, because both factors can interfere with the body’s natural production of testosterone.

Low-T and Belly Fat

Did you know there is a strong correlation between low testosterone and belly fat? As men age their testosterone levels tend to decrease and at the same time are likely to gain more belly fat. As if the loss of testosterone and fat gain cycle weren’t bad enough, body fat has an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone into estrogens. When someone has higher estrogen levels in their body, their hormonal system tells the body to slow down its production of testosterone. Less testosterone tends to mean more belly fat. It’s common for men to lose testosterone as they age, however weight gain can accelerate the process. Staying active and eating healthy can help men avoid the annoying habit of developing the infamous “pot belly.”

Low-T Testing and Treatment

The first test your doctor will perform a blood screening to determine where your testosterone levels are at. In some cases they may be already be dangerously low before any of the more serious symptoms have become apparent.

Whether your symptoms have begun to impair your quality of life or not, we always recommend that you pursue some type of treatment plan. Ignoring low testosterone can lead to more serious conditions over time such as a weakening of bone and muscle mass.

At Advanced Anti-Aging, we offer a comprehensive treatment plan for men who are ready to feel their best once again! Through monthly testosterone replacement therapy programs and guidance on diet and exercise, your experience at Advanced is highly personalized just for you. Contact us today if you are ready to feel just as good as you did in your twenties!