Testosterone is the major sex hormone, produced largely in the testes of men, which is responsible for developing the primary and secondary sexual characteristics in males. Development of male sex organs, lean body mass (your muscles), and facial hair all are the result of testosterone production. In addition to the development of male sex organs, testosterone is also responsible for controlling sexual drive and sexual function, sperm production, and fat metabolism.
What causes low testosterone?
There are a number of issues that can result in low testosterone levels in males. There are even some conditions that can result in lower testosterone levels in women (who naturally have a low level of this hormone in their body). Understanding the cause of the issue, whether it is related to age, genetics, or medical conditions, is the first step in finding the right solution.
There are several things that could be impacting the production of testosterone in your body, but hormone replacement therapy can provide a solution for just about all of the potential issues that you may be having. Some of the most common conditions or issues that can cause a drop in testosterone levels include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
By talking with your doctor about the symptoms that you are experiencing, you may be able to identify that you are actually dealing with low testosterone levels that could be impacting other areas of your health in a number of ways.
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