Low serum testosterone levels can affect men of any age. Although this disorder it is more prevalent in older men, it is not uncommon in young men. Typically low testosterone levels in young men are attributed to injury to the testes, or disorders of the regulating glands in the body. Testosterone replacement therapy for young men should be discussed at length with your primary care physician.
Declining testosterone levels in men under 50 is not attributed to age. If levels are low, the drop might be due to a chronic illness such as kidney or liver disease, or pituitary gland problems. The pituitary gland is incredibly important for proper levels of hormones. They control the sex organ functions in both men and women. Genetic disorders such as Kleinfelter Syndrome, or Kallmann Syndrome may be responsible for low testosterone production. Young men may also have a rare disease called hemochromatosis which causes the body to store too much iron which has an adverse effect on testosterone production.
Low testosterone levels in young men could also be due to a trauma or the misuse of medications, or treatments for other diseases. When a trauma occurs to one or more of the testes a low testosterone level can be a side effect. Young men who are treating cancer with radiation therapy may also develop secondary low testosterone. Also, if a young man has been abusing steroids low testosterone levels can be a side effect.
If you are under the age of 50 years old and are experiencing the effects of low testosterone, contact your physician. Testosterone replacement therapy may be right for you. You and your physician at Men’s Vitality Center can discuss and come up with the proper testosterone replacement therapy.