Testosterone is a hormone that is primarily produced in the testicles in males, and in smaller amounts in the ovaries and adrenal glands in females. It is a steroid hormone that plays a key role in the development and maintenance of male reproductive tissues, such as the testes and prostate, and also promotes secondary sexual characteristics in males, such as muscle and bone growth, facial and body hair, and a deepening voice. Testosterone also affects libido and mood and plays a role in the maintenance of muscle mass and bone density in both males and females. Testosterone levels tend to decrease as males age, but can also be influenced by factors such as stress, illness, and certain medications.
Why would testosterone become low?
There are several reasons why testosterone levels can be low in both males and females. Here are some of the most common causes:
1. Aging: As males age, their testosterone levels tend to naturally decline. 2. Hypogonadism: This is a condition where the testicles or ovaries do not produce enough testosterone. This can be caused by a genetic disorder, injury to the testicles or ovaries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or certain medications. 3. Pituitary gland problems: The pituitary gland is responsible for producing hormones that control the production of testosterone in the testicles or ovaries. Problems with the pituitary gland can lead to low testosterone levels. 4. Chronic illnesses: Certain chronic illnesses, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, can also cause low testosterone levels. 5. Medications: Certain medications, such as opioids, glucocorticoids, and some medications used to treat prostate cancer, can lower testosterone levels. 6. Lifestyle factors: Poor diet, lack of exercise, and high-stress levels can also contribute to low testosterone levels. 7. Endocrine disruptors such as BPA and other chemical substances found in plastics and our environment disrupt hormone regulation creating havoc in our endocrine system.
If you are concerned about your testosterone levels, call the Optimal T Clinic at 423-458-1310 or visit us at www.optimaltclinic.com, we can perform tests and provide appropriate treatment options.