Low testosterone levels in elderly and middle-aged men are not uncommon, and age-related changes are often the cause. At about 35-40 years old, testosterone production begins to decline by 1-2% per year, and by the age of 50 androgen deficiency is observed. If androgen deficiency occurs at an earlier age, then the causes of testosterone decrease are not in age-related changes.
The most common causes of reduced testosterone
Age After a certain age period (40 years), there is a decrease in testosterone production. A decrease in testosterone is caused by age-related changes and is an irreversible process. Due to the strong androgen deficiency, it is necessary to conduct hormonal therapy.
Power . Improper diet, not containing the necessary vitamins and minerals for men , can be the main cause of low testosterone levels. It is important to provide the body with building material for the formation of testosterone molecules. In the diet should include foods that increase testosterone and exclude foods that lower testosterone .
Overweight . One of the most dangerous causes of reduced testosterone. What is dangerous overweight in men? First, the production of male hormones is suppressed. Secondly, the production of female hormones, estrogen, is launched. Estrogens in the male body further inhibit the production of testosterone.
Bad habits . Alcohol, tobacco, drugs help reduce testosterone.
Lack of physical activity . Physical education and exercises with the burdening increase testosterone. This refers to a moderate workout plan (3-4 per week). Conversely, excessive exercise and daily exhausting workouts can cause low testosterone.
And other causes that reduce testosterone.
Low Testosterone in Men - Corollary
- Reduced muscle volume and strength. Testosterone has an anabolic effect, i.e. responsible for muscle growth and strength. Therefore, with low testosterone, there is a decrease in muscle mass and strength.
- Decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Since testosterone is responsible for sexual desire, along with its fall, weakening of sexual desire is observed.
- Increased irritability.
- Increased deposition of excess fat. Lack of testosterone slows metabolism, subsequently leading to fat deposition.
- Reducing hairline. Hair on the body and face is one of the male sex characteristics.
- Gynecomastia (breast growth in men). Observed with a strong and prolonged decrease in testosterone.
If testosterone is not lowered to a critical level, you can try to increase testosterone in natural ways . Otherwise, it is necessary to undergo testosterone replacement therapy, which will be prescribed by the attending physician.