If you’re asking, “Do I really have low testosterone” the answer may be “yes” or “no”. No one can answer that simple question without making sure that you have both a low testosterone test result in addition to having the symptoms of a low testosterone level.
First, let’s discuss testosterone, how it is secreted inside the body, and what roles it plays within the male body.
Testosterone is the end-result of a group of chemical reactions that take place inside your brain and testes. First, your brain makes hormones that go into the blood and testes to drive them to make testosterone. Once the male hormone is made, it plays a very important role in shaping “the man within you” in addition to giving you the seeds or “sperms” that you’ll need to make “babies” or other copies of yourself.
Usually a total of 7 mg of testosterone gets made by the testes each day. The amount of testosterone secreted immediately fine-tunes its parent hormones to prevent uncontrolled peaks of testosterone levels; a process known as “negative feedback” that very commonly occurs in the field of endocrinology.
Apart from its life cycle and control, testosterone plays a very important role in your life as a man. It helps maintain the health of your sexual organs, orders your body to make sperm and ensures that you have a normal sexual performance. Furthermore, testosterone builds up the mass of your muscles and bones and therefore contributes to your current body weight.
There are still other functions that testosterone can do for both men and women. It promotes sebum production by the skin glands. It is also responsible for the appearance of hair in certain areas of the body like the chest, back, armpits and face. Several studies have shown that testosterone encourages the bone marrow to make more red blood cells; the vehicles that carry oxygen and carbon dioxide gases to and from the various body tissues. A link has also been found that connects good mood, competitiveness and cognitive functions to elevated blood levels of testosterone.
Why do i Have Low Testosterone
If you lack on or some of the above traits that testosterone provides, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have low testosterone. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency are very general and can occur in many other diseases. According to the Massachusetts Male Ageing Study (MMAS), it has been found that 6% to 12% of men had symptoms of low testosterone, and that in 50% of those men, a low testosterone test result at a certain time was surprisingly followed by a normal testosterone test result at another time. This means that there are significant person-to-person variations in the levels of testosterone secreted as well as the levels at which a person can have symptoms of low testosterone.
So, how to test for low testosterone requires more than just an observation or a single lab test. The Androgen Deficiency in Ageing Males (ADAM) questionnaire provides a screening tool or a preliminary home testosterone test, where the patient answers some questions to initiate a conversation about his sexual, sleep and psychological well-being and be placed at a low or high probability of having low testosterone.
Androgen deficiency in males is when the male body has decreased amounts of male sex hormones, predominantly the male growth hormone testosterone, than is needed for health and growth. This deficiency may possibly be as a result of issues in the parts of the brain that keep control of the operation of the testicles (pituitary gland and hypothalamus), or by disorders within the testicles themselves.
Androgen deficiency is a reasonably common place issue within the more aged male populace and is probably accountable for numerous disorders once regarded as being the consequence of normal aging. Among males older than 60, approximately 1 in 5 males possess a testosterone level that falls under the typical range. And yet, a lot of men, even those in the low side of the average range, still undergo issues related to reduced testosterone.
The standard Androgen Deficiency in Ageing Males (ADAM) questionnaire consists of 10 ‘yes or no’ questions concerning symptoms of androgen deficiency. The ADAM questionnaire yields a positive result if you answer, “Yes,” to questions 1 or 7 or any of the last 3 questions. A positive result means that you may have low testosterone and should consult your doctor.
Question Yes No
1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
2. Do you have a lack of energy?
3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4. Have you lost height?
5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment in life”?
6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
7. Are your erections less strong?
8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
Due to variations in testosterone secretions, a two-time measurement of morning testosterone that is below 300 ng/dl is usually enough to diagnose low testosterone. Free and Biologically Active Testosterone (BAT) levels are better indicators than total testosterone.
Treatment is testosterone replacement therapy. There are different formulations of testosterone that are present in the market. Examples are: intramuscular injections, transdermal patches and gels, buccal tablets, subcutaneous pellets and finally oral tablets or capsules. The goal is to reach the patient’s normal range for testosterone which is estimated by many scientific authorities to be 300 to 1000 ng/dl.
Natural remedies for low testosterone are well known in the literature as well as all over the internet. Zinc is one of the most important minerals in the composition of testosterone. Taking zinc naturally through red meat, dairy products as well as eggs will boost your daily dose of zinc and surely will elevate your blood levels of testosterone. You can also take zinc as part of a multivitamin supplement.
Another natural low testosterone treatment is eating foods that produce testosterone and avoiding foods that have high levels of estrogen. A list of foods that have high levels of testosterone can be found here: Foods that Reduce Chest Fat to Get Rid of Man Boobs
Other ways to build testosterone naturally is to exercise frequently with weights. It is well known that weight lifting and resistance training build more testosterone. Getting regular sex and deep sleep ensures a good state of the mind and body and stimulates the production of testosterone.
Losing weight also leads to more production of testosterone probably because fats are rich sources of estrogen, the female sex hormone and the opposing force to testosterone. When fats
become less, estrogen becomes less and thus testosterone gets to do its magic with less competition from estrogen.
Finally, some herbs were also found to boost testosterone levels in the body. Ginseng and saw palmetto were used for ages to enhance the male function. It goes without saying that losing bad habits like smoking will also help the body build more testosterone. A body that has less time to get rid of its poisons will find more time to produce its testosterone.
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