Testosterone is a hormone that is naturally produced by the male testes. This hormone is strictly regulated by the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, gonadotropin-releasing hormone, and luteinizing hormone. Low testosterone is a medical condition that can affect the overall male health. There are two different sources for testosterone deficiency; primary (testicles are under producing testosterone), or secondary (problem with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.) Although symptoms of low testosterone can plague a man for a long period of time, low testosterone can only be diagnosed through laboratory blood tests. Different men may develop different symptoms when dealing with low testosterone. The first step in dealing with this medical condition is to see your physician.
It is well documented that testosterone is an incredibly important hormone within the male body. Proper testosterone levels are necessary for the overall health of males. It is a hormone that is responsible for helping to regulating bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, sex drive, and sperm production. Low testosterone can be symptomatic or asymptomatic (meaning no bad side effects are present.) Symptomatic low testosterone levels can present with low sex drive, shrunken testicles, changes in sleep patterns, overall mood disturbances, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy levels, hair loss, decreased muscle mass, and many more.
According to the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Guidelines “We recommend making a diagnosis of androgen deficiency only in men with consistent symptoms and signs and unequivocally low serum testosterone levels.” In simple terms, this means that men who believe they are suffering from low testosterone levels must have blood draws at regular intervals. There are instances in which an abnormal serum testosterone level will be followed by a normal serum testosterone level. Diagnosis of low testosterone must only be made by a qualified physician. Routine follow-up is necessary for those who have been prescribed testosterone replacement therapy.