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Is Low Testosterone Genetic?

Low testosterone, or low T, is a condition that impacts many men today and is characterized by abnormally low levels of the male hormone known as testosterone. When this happens in adult men, they can start experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and changes in mood.

There is no denying that low testosterone is a frustrating experience for any man who may be struggling with this hormonal imbalance. While every man will experience a natural decline in testosterone levels, some men will experience an even more drastic decline that leads to these unwanted side effects.

If you are one of the millions of men who struggle with this condition, you may have questions about low T, or hypogonadism, what it means and why you are struggling with this condition. In fact, one of the biggest questions that men with low T tend to have is, whether or not this condition is from a lifestyle, or if it is something that is hereditary.

The truth of the matter is, that there may be a lot of causes of low testosterone. There has been a lot of research done on the topic of low T, and while experts are still learning new information about this condition every day, there is significant research that suggests low T may be genetic.

While additional research is still needed on the topic, there is significant evidence to suggest that there are some factors that can increase your risk for low T. There is one gene, known as the SHBG gene that can have certain variations and ultimately lead to hypogonadism. SHBG is short for sex hormone-binding globulin and is a type of protein that binds to hormones in your body, specifically testosterone.

Other recent studies have found a link between low testosterone and variations in different protein-coding genes as well.

There are still some lifestyle choices that can increase your risk for low T, such as smoking, so it is important to keep that in mind. There are other common health conditions such as obesity and diabetes that may be linked to low testosterone levels as well. 

No matter what the cause of your low T may be, the good news is, that there are available treatments that can help you restore normal hormonal levels and get back to feeling like you.

Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we know just how frustrating issues with low T can be, and we understand that they are frustrating and difficult to understand. Just call us today at 817-369-3605 to schedule an appointment with our team today. We can start with testosterone tests and determine your hormone levels so that you can get on the road to recovery and start understanding more about your testosterone levels and why they may be impacting you.