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Factors That Cause Low T

Low testosterone, also known as low T, is one of the most common conditions that impact middle-aged and senior men today. In fact, it is estimated that almost 40% of men age 45 and older struggle with low T. However, while it is common, it does not mean that low T is natural or not a cause for concern. This is why it is so important to not only understand what low T is but where low testosterone comes from.

The more you understand about low T and its factors, the better prepared you will be to get the treatment you need. 

Let’s start with the basics.

Low testosterone or male hypogonadism is simply a condition where the testicles do not produce enough of the male sex hormone testosterone. This hormone is essential in a man’s ability to maintain and develop muscle mass, red blood cells, bone density, sexual features, and sexual and reproductive function. When you aren’t producing enough testosterone, it can put these functions at risk. 

Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we have a number of treatments that can help you get back to normal testosterone levels, but we believe that it is important to have a better understanding of the root cause of this issue. This way, you can also make lifestyle changes that will help your body get back to functioning in the way it is supposed to.

Here are some of the most common causes of low testosterone:

  • Injury or infection in the testes 
  • Metabolic disorders such as hemochromatosis 
  • Chemotherapy treatments 
  • Medications such as opioids 
  • Tumors or issues in the pituitary gland 
  • Alcohol abuse 
  • Chronic kidney failure 
  • Cirrhosis in the liver
  • Obesity of extreme weight loss 
  • Sleep apnea 
  • Aging 
  • Inflammatory conditions 
  • Anabolic steroid abuse 
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Head trauma
  • Radiation exposure

Typically, you can determine if you have low testosterone by noticing symptoms such as low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression, fatigue, moodiness, or muscular strength loss. If you notice these symptoms, then you may want to visit your doctor for a test to determine your actual testosterone levels.

If you have more questions about low T, or to get a testosterone test to see what your T levels may be, then contact LT Men’s Clinic today. You can call us directly at 817-369-3605 to make an appointment so we can get to the bottom of your testosterone concerns and start recommending treatments that may work for you.