Causes and symptoms of low Testosterone
|Causes and symptoms of low Testosterone
|ANDROPAUSE: LOW TESTOSTERONE
|Treatment of Andropause (low testosterone)
As men age, their levels of testosterone begin to decline, usually beginning around the late 30’s. This heralds what is commonly known as andropause, the male counterpart to menopause. While this is a natural part of aging, the decline in testosterone production by the testes can be more precipitous in some men than others.
Excessive weight gain, stress, lack of exercise, and many medications further contribute to a man’s ability to manufacture testosterone, resulting in even lower testosterone levels and leading to symptoms of andropause. Symptoms of androgen deficiency and low testosterone levels are used to establish a diagnosis of hypogonadism (“hypo” meaning low functioning and “gonadism” referring to the testicles).