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Age is typically the primary cause of the decline of your body’s testosterone levels. In general, you will see a drop in your testosterone levels at a rate of 1% annually when you reach the age of 30.
However, age isn’t the only cause of low testosterone levels.
Your health also has a lot to do with this. That is why certain conditions can have a negative impact on your testosterone, whether by affecting the production of the hormone that triggers the testes to produce testosterone or affecting the testes directly. Some of these conditions include obesity, hemochromatosis, cirrhosis, diabetes, chronic kidney failure, and HIV.
There are also types of medications that cause a drop in your testosterone level. Opiates used for pain medication, for example, can affect the production of testosterone if used for over longer periods of time. Corticosteroids used to treat asthma, back and neck pain, and chronic inflammatory conditions also affect testosterone levels. Finally, cancer treatments that use chemotherapeutic agents may affect the production of this hormone.
Trauma may also cause low testosterone. Physical trauma due to serious impact or surgery may affect either the testes themselves or the Leydig cells that produce the hormone when stimulated. Mumps may also destroy those cells, which may also result in low testosterone counts. Removing testicles (e.g. due to testicular cancer) or head trauma may also affect testosterone production.
Aside from those, there are a host of other causes that may result in low testosterone, such as genetic deficiencies, chemical toxins, and a tumour of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland.
Because of this, it is important that you seek proper medical advice when you suspect a case of low testosterone so that you may receive the suitable treatment for your condition. Here at Low T Clinic, you can trust that the medical professionals will examine your condition thoroughly and provide you with the care and treatment you deserve.
The testes are not immune to long-term damage through trauma. The Leydig cells, which produce testosterone when stimulated, can be damaged through impact, surgery, and even viral illness (mumps). This damage can reduce the number of active Leydig cells to produce the hormone, or in some cases damage them to the point of lacking production. The trauma category also involves surgery, which includes orchiectomy. Some men have had a testicle removed (orchiectomy) because of trauma or an illness, such as testicular cancer. The trauma issue is not only relevant to the testes, but Head Trauma can play a role in low testosterone, by disrupting blood flow to the hypothalamus/pituitary gland or disturbing the production of hormones that stimulate the production of testosterone itself.
Normal Process of Aging
The loss of testosterone, as a man ages, is a regular finding in medicine. Many men experience an average loss of 1% of their testosterone per year from the age of 30, simply from factors associated with the production. This percentage does not take into account other factors that may affect the production of this hormone.
A chronic health condition can have an impact on a man’s testosterone. These conditions can have an effect at the site of production for hormones that stimulate the testes to produce testosterone, or on the testes themselves. Some of these conditions can be:
- Chronic Kidney Failure
Various Other Causes
Low testosterone can be caused by many different conditions or scenarios. Some categories of the other potential causes are:
- Rare genetic deficiencies/problems
- Environmental toxins (specifically dibromodichloropropane)
- Tumor of the hypothalamus/pituitary gland
- Idiopathic (no cause identified)
Use of Certain Medications
Some medications have been shown to have an impact on either the stimulation, or production of testosterone.
- Corticosteroids are a type of medication that may play a role in testosterone levels. These medications are often used in asthma, chronic inflammatory conditions, and even back/neck pain.
- Opiates are a pain medication that is often used and has an impact on testosterone levels. These medications are fine on a short-term basis, but when used long-term for chronic pain associated with various conditions, they can have a long-term suppressive effect on testosterone production.
- A final class that has definitively been shown to have an impact on this hormone production is Chemotherapeutic agents. These medications are used to treat different types of cancers. Even the radiation treatment associated with these same cancers can have a long-term effect on testosterone production.