Testosterone is by far the most important male sex hormone. It occurs naturally within the male and the female body. Testosterone levels are much higher within males, and are produced by the testicles and the adrenal glands. Unfortunately testosterone production can decrease for a variety of different reasons. When testosterone levels dip below a certain point, men will begin to suffer from side effects. Men (of any age) who suffer from low testosterone levels can receive testosterone replacement therapy in Tucson, AZ to help them balance their hormone levels.
Older males, over the age of 50, are more susceptible to low testosterone levels. As the male body ages, testosterone production begins to slow. This natural slow down can have serious effects in older males. While normal dips in natural hormone production will not always cause adverse effects, larger than normal production drops can cause sexual impotence, decreased muscle mass, increased fat stores, mood fluctuations, depression, and decreased energy levels.
In the past decade there has been a lot of research showing why testosterone production can be decreased. Age is the number one cause of decreased testosterone production. Also, since the hormone levels are regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, any disease, illness, or injury to these structures can cause a drop in testosterone production. Injury, illness, or disease to the testicles or the adrenal glands can cause testosterone production to fall. Men who are affected by hormonal imbalances may suffer from low testosterone levels. Studies have even shown that men who are overweight, suffer from type 2 diabetes, or have AIDS/HIV may suffer from decreased testosterone levels at a higher rate.
Your physician at Men’s Vitality Clinic in Tucson, AZ can help you understand the underlying causes of low testosterone levels. They will also be ones you will discuss testosterone replacement therapies. Make your appointment today!