Low levels of testosterone, or “low T,” can affect both men and women. Testosterone, the primary sex hormone in males, is mainly formed in the testicles, allowing men to develop a deep voice, large arms, and body hair. The development of sperm also requires testosterone.
It can have a dramatic effect on men, both physically and psychologically, if testosterone levels drops — known as low testosterone or “low T.” According to MedlinePlus, natural testosterone levels in healthy men range from about 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng / dL) to 1,000 ng / dL.
The normal range is wide and varies according to age. The lower end of “standard” may be lower for older men than for younger men. This progressive decline of testosterone is sometimes referred to as male andropause.
Hypogonadic signs include:
- Poor desire for women.
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
- Sparse hair on the neck or on the chest.
- Breast tissue development.
- When testosterone levels in the body drop with age, men can develop fatigue as well.
- Sex drive diminished.
- Concentrating challenge.
- Changes in habits of sleep.
Such signs are non-specific, though, meaning can cause them, not just low testosterone.
Male hypogonadism is diagnosed on the basis of testosterone level effects, blood tests, and other laboratory tests as needed.
For people who are obese or have an underlying medical condition like diabetes that can relate to low T, losing weight or treating the underlying condition also leads to normalization of testosterone levels.
Several advertising dollars have been spent in recent years to support testosterone replacement therapy for middle-aged men with problems such as exhaustion and low libido.
Nonetheless, whether it is necessary or acceptable to treat these people with testosterone is a matter of some debate. Many physicians endorse it firmly, while others are much more wary.