Testosterone is the primary sex hormone for males and this has been a known fact since school. Women also produce testosterone but not to an extent at which men do, and hence is generally ignored. Also, testosterone is vital for secondary sexual characters in males like facial hair, sperm development, voice deepening and development of reproductive organs -another chapter we studied at school. But everyone doesn’t know what exactly is its deficiency, what causes it and what are its symptoms.
Statistics provided by ABC News say that one in four men after the age of 30 have testosterone deficiency but only one twenty men show clinical symptoms of the deficiency.
Due to the busy working schedules in a city, men (especially workaholics) tend to ignore these symptoms as a ‘Side effect of aging’! Little do they know how important is this effect in the everyday life and it is degrading them a little bit at a time.
Main Causes Under The Age Of 30
These causes could be due to the lifestyle choices that an individual makes, the habits that are being followed on a daily basis and so on. It could be also heredity, in which case, preventing it or supplementing would be the best option.
The causes include:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol levels
- High consumption of Alcohol
- Being overweight and obese
- Usage of illicit drugs and substances
- Using anabolic steroids
This deficiency could also be a cause due to medical conditions like:
- Diabetes, liver disease, AIDS.
- Treatments for cancer like chemotherapy and radiation.
- Hypothalamic (excess iron in the blood) or pituitary diseases or tumors.
- Injury to the testicles.
- Inflammation related to mumps.
- Inherited diseases like Kallman’s syndrome, Prader Willi syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome or Down syndrome.
- These all could result in a decrease in the production of this vital hormone and could lead to attracting injuries and diseases easily.
Many men have been misled into believing that the deficiency of testosterone will usually cause only fatigue and are prescribed with meds for other signs which arise from the same deficiency. This is partly due to lack of confidence due to the peer group’s pressures and is often called ‘loss in masculinity’. This ‘loss of masculinity’ is often embarrassing and isn’t discussed to find out the root cause.
Not finding out at a younger age and not visiting the right doctor adds the icing to the cake of despair, leading to the formation of more misconceptions.
Symptoms Of Poor Testosterone Levels
Symptoms of Testosterone deficiency are just not limited to fatigue but a number of problems listed below:
- Rapid hair loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased body fat
- Increased breast size
- A decrease in muscle mass
- The decrease in libido & sexual activity
- Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
Men only consult doctors for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation because they often don’t know the scope of this deficiency.
Testosterone is linked to daily activity and is to be used just as much as epinephrine or adrenalin-the most heard of the hormone.
Deficiency of this vital hormone means loss of strength and energy. The combined total of these effects could take a big toll on your health in your old age with diseases like Osteoporosis and other cardiovascular-related conditions. This could severely affect your personal and professional life.
The only way to get rid of this deficiency is to identify the symptoms and consult a doctor as soon as possible. Underlying medical conditions could worsen the matter with inappropriate substitutes and hence, a professional help is greatly suggested in order to bring about a change in medication.
Trying to change schedules, exercising, having a better diet, making better lifestyle choices and habits could just bring your life back to normal – how it was supposed to be!