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9 Causes of Low T

It is not surprising the hormone testosterone and its effects on the body get so much attention. Testosterone is a crucial male hormone that plays a role in maintaining muscle mass, bone density, general wellness, and sexual health. Read on to learn more about the causes of low T.

However, many men experience something known as low testosterone, or low T. Low T occurs due to a deficiency or decline in testosterone levels.

A serum testosterone test is a type of blood test used to gauge the level of testosterone in your body. Generally, when the total serum testosterone in the blood is found to be below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), it is considered a low testosterone level.

Testosterone levels can often decline without any obvious symptoms. Nevertheless, certain signs can indicate lower testosterone levels, including:

  • Decreased libido or sexual desire
  • Erectile difficulties —although low testosterone isn’t a direct cause of erectile dysfunction (ED), it can influence it
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Changes in body composition, such as a loss of muscle and bone mass and an increase in fat
  • Feeling of depression
  • Increased anxiety
  • Irritability

Causes of Low T

Understanding the causes of low T can help you and your doctor address and manage the condition effectively. Here are nine causes of low T and potential ways to ease symptoms.

1. Aging

As men age, their testosterone levels naturally begin to decline. This decrease typically starts around the age of 30 and continues gradually over time. Regular exercise, especially resistance training, can help boost testosterone levels naturally.

2. Obesity

Excess body fat, particularly abdominal fat, can negatively affect testosterone production. Losing weight through a combination of diet and exercise can help. Maintaining a balanced diet rich in nutrients and ensuring adequate vitamin D intake are beneficial.

3. Stress

Chronic stress leads to elevated cortisol levels, which interrupts hormone feedback loops. This can block the body’s ability to produce testosterone effectively. It can also lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices such as overeating or less exercise. Adopting stress-reduction techniques such as walking, mindfulness, meditation, and breathing exercises can help lower cortisol levels and support healthier testosterone levels.

4. Lack of Sleep

Poor sleep quality and insufficient sleep can greatly impact testosterone production. The body’s testosterone levels increase during sleep, which means it’s important to avoid sleep disruptions when possible. Establishing a regular sleep schedule and getting at least seven hours of sleep per night can help.

5. Sedentary Lifestyle

A lack of exercise can contribute to obesity and poor metabolic health. Physical inactivity can lead to many health issues, including reduced testosterone levels. Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine can help maintain higher testosterone levels and improve your health and mood.

6. Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Regular, heavy alcohol consumption can affect the Leydig cells in the testes. Leydig cells are responsible for making testosterone. Moderating alcohol intake can prevent its negative impact on testosterone production.

7. Medication Side Effects

Certain medications, including those used to treat depression, pain, and high blood pressure, can negatively affect testosterone levels. If you suspect your medication is affecting your testosterone levels, do not self-adjust. Instead, discuss alternatives with your doctor.

8. Underlying Medical Conditions

Conditions such as diabetes can directly impact testosterone production. Seek to manage underlying health conditions with the help of your doctor. Treatment plans might include lifestyle changes, medication adjustments, or hormone therapy, depending on the specific condition.

9. Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is a medical term used to describe a decreased function of the testes. The testes produce testosterone and sperm. Treatments for this condition often include testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Boosting your testosterone levels can relieve symptoms of low T. While lifestyle modifications are an excellent starting point, medical treatments with TRT may be necessary.

Find the Treatment That’s Right For You

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of low T, you have options. Call 843.347.2450 to schedule your appointment with one of our physicians today, and we’ll help you find the treatment that’s right for you.


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