What Causes Low Testosterone Levels

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Low testosterone levels could be caused by so many things. This is because we are exposed to different things daily, differences in health conditions, and genetic make-up. Here, we will be looking at the different causes of low testosterone levels.

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Causes of Low Testosterone Level

  • PITUITARY DISEASE: The pituitary gland is a small gland that is located in the brain. Some pituitary diseases could be a pituitary tumor, which mimics its function, producing extra hormones. There are two types of this tumor; functional and non-functional adenomas. Some extra hormones produced by functional adenomas in excess include; prolactin (a hormone that is mostly seen in women and responsible for the production of breast milk) and luteinizing hormones, etc. These two hormones are known to cause sexual dysfunction and are associated with low testosterone.
  • TESTICULAR INJURY: Testosterone as we all know is produced by the testes, two ball-like structures housed by the scrotum, handing at the lower part of the male body and part of the penis. Because they are located outside the body, they do not enjoy protection by muscles and bones and therefore are prone to injuries. Some injuries that can affect the testicles include testicular rupture, testicular torsion, mumps, and those diseases caused by alcoholism, and others caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. If these injuries happen to the testes, there are high possibilities that the level of testosterone production is reduced or even stopped.
  • TESTICULAR CANCER: Cancer is a serious disease that is caused when cells in the body grow in a way that is uncontrolled and not normal. When it happens to the testes, it hinders the production of testosterone and other sex hormones.
  • INFECTION: Some infections like staphylococcus, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis), etc. can cause low testosterone. These infections are sometimes sexually transmitted while some are as a result of other factors.
  • HIV/AIDS: It is observed from researches conducted that one out of three people living with HIV has low testosterone. Although this is not only the case, it is worthy of note that other problems could lead to this.
  • TYPE 2 DIABETES: Men who suffer from type 2 diabetes are likely to have low testosterone levels. This type of diabetes is known to be caused by insulin resistance or reduced insulin sensitivity, which could lead to other health problems, low T level inclusive.
  • GENETIC DISEASES: Certain genetic diseases like Klinefelter and Kallmann syndromes, myotonic dystrophy can cause low production of testosterone.

Other Causes of Low Testosterone Level Include:

Having discussed some possible causes of low testosterone level, it is also important that we know that “LOW TESTOSTERONE CAN BE CAUSED BY MANY FACTORS”, and in as much as these causes are physical and/or genetically, there are arguments in some quarters that some are caused by certain spiritual problems. The issue of being caused spiritually has been backed up with the fact that some people go for checkups and end up finding out that they are medically ok, but they still experience the symptoms associated with low testosterone.

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