Testosterone Decline and Deficiency Today
Low testosterone can be caused by several conditions, but one of the most common reasons for low testosterone levels is the onset of andropause. Like menopause in women, andropause is a medical term for a transitional time in men that begins around the mid-forties, or sometimes even earlier. During andropause, normal aging kicks off a process that causes hormones to dwindle by about one to two percent a year. That’s when symptoms associated with aging may begin to appear.
Symptoms of low testosterone are now appearing in more men than ever before. A 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism noted that testosterone levels for the average American man across age brackets were notably lower than in previous decades. Today’s average 60-year-old can expect to have lower testosterone levels than a 60-year-old would have had in the 80s. This holds true with men in every age group, and scientists can only speculate as to the cause. It’s clear that men today have to be more vigilant about their hormone levels.
We’re not just seeing the effects of low testosterone in men who are moving towards andropause. Younger men, especially men who are overweight or obese, may also have deficient levels of testosterone. An initial deficiency in testosterone can lead to a destructive cycle, since mild deficiency can encourage weight gain and inactivity, which may then contribute to a further decrease in testosterone. Fat actually produces a form of the female hormone estrogen that’s usually present only in very small amounts in men. This excess estrogen can wreak havoc on hormone balance.
Low testosterone can severely impact quality of life regardless of how old you are. Don’t hesitate to advocate for your male health even if you think you’re “too young.” You can put a stop to the cycle of imbalance and get your hormones back on track, which will support a healthier future and stave off problems associated with testosterone deficiency, including osteoporosis and sexual dysfunction.