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The Dangers of Low Testosterone

  • Published:
    21 April 2023
  • Updated:
    16 February 2024
Low Testosterone

We already wrote here about the function, average, and high testosterone values. Today we will talk about low testosterone, its causes, and symptoms.

The norm of testosterone is 10-34 nmol/l or 330-950 ng/dl. Testosterone levels begin to decline at age 30-35; even in healthy men, it is a normal age-related change because the production of the hormone slows down by about 1% annually.

However, there are other reasons for its decline:

  • Surgical removal of testicles for medical reasons.
  • Bad habits: smoking, alcohol, psychotropic substances.
  • Sedentary lifestyle, sedentary work.
  • Acute and chronic stress (adrenaline blocks the action of testosterone).
  • Work with hazardous and harmful factors and toxic substances.
  • Taking medications (hypotensive, opioids, corticosteroids, ketoconazole, hormones).
  • High levels of bilirubin, which destroys testosterone.
  • Renal insufficiency.
  • Endocrine diseases and abnormalities that are associated with a shift in the hormonal background.
  • Elevated blood lipoprotein levels.
  • Genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, Kalman syndrome, and Klinefelter syndrome.

   At first, the decrease in testosterone may not show up at all outwardly, or it may cause a number of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath with minimal physical exertion.
  • Sweating.
  • Libido disorder (decreased or absent sexual desire).
  • Rapid weight gain. Fat accumulates in the area of the chest and abdomen.
  • Reduced body hair, especially on the chest and shins.
  • Mood swings, irritability, decreased emotional background.
  • Reduced ability to work, procrastination.
  • Sleep disorders include difficulty falling asleep and lack of rest after sleeping.

Depending on the spectrum of problems that have come to the fore, a lack of testosterone can be identified by a urologist, endocrinologist, or (psychiatrist) psychotherapist.

Foods that Boost Testosterone in Men

A list of foods that can naturally increase testosterone levels:

  • Ginger.
  • Oysters.
  • Pomegranates.
  • Plant-based milk.
  • Green leafy vegetables.
  • Fish and fish oil.
  • Olive oil.
  • Onions.

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