Normally, men have an adequate amount of testosterone in the body to properly develop sexual characteristics and to support particular bodily functions. The hormone is also responsible for maintaining bone growth, muscle bulk, red blood cell levels, and an overall sense of well-being. So when testosterone levels fall, many things happen in the male body. At Collin County Urology, we specialize in men’s health and treat a wide array of urologic conditions, including testosterone deficiency.
What really causes testosterone levels to drop?
There are many reasons why testosterone levels can drop. As men pass age 30, testosterone levels begin to drop, but the drop is very gradual. Low testosterone levels in men can also be caused by the following conditions:
- Too much stress
- Chronic intake of alcohol
- Obesity, particularly abdominal
- Presence of any chronic illness
- An infection or injury to the testicles
- Presence of any genetic abnormality, including Klinefelter’s Syndrome
- Having chronic kidney disease or failure
- Dysfunctional pituitary gland, a part of the brain that is responsible for producing many important hormones in the body
- Having too much iron in the system, also known as hemochromatosis
- Intake of certain medications, particularly corticosteroids and hormonal drugs to treat prostate cancer
- Undergoing radiation treatment or chemotherapy to eradicate cancer
- Presence of any inflammatory conditions, like sarcoidosis, which is a disease that causes the lungs to become inflammed
Low testosterone in the body usually causes a decrease in certain system functions such as the maintenance of body hair growth, hemoglobin level, cholesterol levels, lipid levels, and bone strength. It can also lead to low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and fertility disorders.
Men’s Health in Plano
Don’t live life with low testosterone levels. Let an expert evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment. Call us today at 972-403-5425 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at Collin County Urology. We look forward to having you here!
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