Causes of Low Testosterone

So you have been diagnosed of having  low Testosterone ( Low T ) and you go like “Huh ?! How did that happen ? “

There are many things in our everyday life that can lower testosterone and it just takes one weak link to do it . have a read and see if you are “guilty” of any of the following:

1. Stress

stress

Who does not have stress ,you say. Oh well , apart from being the cause of of many other ailments , stress is highly associated with low T. Stress increases cortisol , which has been associated to lowering T.

2. Overweight

obesity

You don’t need to look like Santa Claus to know you are overweight but those unwanted , extra pounds and kilos are strongly related to low T.

Fat cells contain aromatase and, as you gain weight, those fat cells enlargen and build up extra aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estradiol.  Yes, that means that an overweight or obese man will tend to have more estradiol, the “bad” estrogen, and less of his precious testosterone.

3. Lack of Sleep

Lowering sleep quantity or quality will leads to increased cortisol and a corresponding testosterone decrease . Because your body produces most of its testosterone while you sleep, interrupting that cycle with insufficient or poor quality sleep can result in 20% to 30% less testosterone floating around your bloodstream than if you’d gotten enough shut-eye.
Who says only women need their “beauty sleep “ ?

4. Depression

depression

This could well be a result of stress, as it also leads to increased cortisol and inevitably low T. But then again , depression leads to Low T  and Low T also leads to depression – duh ! I call it a complicated relationship !

5. Excessive alcohol Consumption

beer

The bar might be a great place to meet your buddies or unwind after work , but more than a few drinks isn’t going to do great things for your testosterone level. As your liver processes alcohol, it produces compounds that inhibit the release of testosterone, reducing its overall level in your body and preventing you from doing things like building muscle mass. While even one or two drinks will cause a minor, temporary dip in your T levels, this is a bigger worry for individuals who drink heavily multiple times per week.

6 . Over Exercising

over exercising

If exercise is good for overall health , more exercise should be better , right ? Wrong ! Do not over train . I used to wonder why the salesmen of the cross trainers do not recommend over 45 minutes training on the machine !  A study by the University of British Columbia found that male marathon runners who pounded over 40 miles of pavement per week had distinctly lower T levels than their short-distance running counterparts.

7. Vitamin A Deficiency

There’s a fair amount of research showing that low Vitamin A levels result in lower levels of available testosterone, and that Vitamin A is also crucial in the production of testosterone. Eating the ludicrously high levels of protein that many bodybuilders do will deplete Vitamin A levels and will depress your testosterone levels.

8. Vitamin D Deficiency

Studies have shown that men with adequate vitamin D – 30.0 mcg/L or more – have significantly more testosterone than men whose vitamin D levels fall from 20.0-29.9 mcg/L.

This could be the reason why you may feel more frisky in summer than winter ! wink

9. Varicocele

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds the testicles (scrotum). A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein that can occur in your leg.

Varicoceles are a common cause of low sperm production and decreased sperm quality, which can cause infertility. However, not all varicoceles affect sperm production. Varicoceles can also cause testicles to fail to develop normally or shrink.

10. High blood sugar level

When blood sugar levels are high, the pituitary gland produces less LH ( luteinising hormone )     than it normally would. As testosterone is only produced when LH is secreted from the pituitary, this reduces the amount of testosterone produced by a man’s body.

11.Health Conditions

Certain health conditions will lead to low T .

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Changes in thyroid function
  • Kidney damage
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Prostrate cancer

Why would such problems affect testosterone? When fighting off a chronic health issue or an infection, for example, your body may simply put less effort into testosterone production. In essence, your body turns its attention toward the more serious problem, explains Alan Shindel, MD, director of men’s health at the University of California, Davis, Health System in Sacramento.

Does this help shed any light on your T level ?  Do share your thoughts .