What Causes Low Testosterone?

If you have low testosterone or suspect that you may, you are certainly not alone. In fact, a publication from the Boston University School of Medicine says as many as 4 to 5 million men are affected in the U.S. alone. In this post, we’ll explain what low testosterone all is about and what causes this condition, which you may know from advertising as “Low-T.”

What is Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)?

Low testosterone, medically known as hypogonadism, is a condition in which the testicles do not produce enough of the male sex hormone testosterone. It is most common in older men – the Cleveland Clinic says about 40 percent of American men age 45 and older have low-T. But older men aren’t the only ones affected. Testosterone production begins to tail off by the age of 30 in most men – dropping about 1 percent a year, according to the Cleveland Clinic – and even teens can find themselves affected.

There are two types of low testosterone: primary hypogonadism and secondary hypogonadism. Let’s discuss the causes of each.

What Causes Primary Hypogonadism?

Primary hypogonadism is traced to a physical problem with the testicles. The Mayo Clinic offers up several potential issues that cause this type of low testosterone:

What Causes Secondary Hypogonadism?

Secondary hypogonadism is traced to a glandular issue, with either the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. With this form of low testosterone, the testicles are normal, but the gland problem impedes testosterone production. The Mayo Clinic gives many potential causes for this, and we’ll list a few of them here:

Help Is Available

At Balance Hormone Center, we treat many men suffering from low-T. Hormone therapy may be the right step in your situation. 

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