Hypogonadism, or, as it is more commonly known as, low testosterone, is a medical condition that affects more than 40% of all adult men, according to a recent report on Prognos. Even though the study was performed amongst a group of men who resided in the Southern parts of the United States, the study suggests that the results obtained should also account for the rest of the United States and even other parts of the world. Even though low testosterone is a relatively widespread problem amongst adult men, many people suffer from this problem unknowingly, targeting particular symptoms they are experiencing as health concerns instead of focusing on the underlying cause of these symptoms, which, in this case, is a low count of testosterone in their blood circulatory system.
What Is Low Testosterone?
The male body has testosterone flowing throughout the entire body, being transported to different parts through the blood circulatory system. According to eMedicine Health, a man should have a level of testosterone ranging between 270 ng/dl and 1070 ng/dl to be considered to have a normal or healthy testosterone level. This may seem like a very broad range, but it is important to note that testosterone tends to surge in a man’s younger years and naturally drops as he grows older; thus it may reach 1070 ng/dl when he is in his 20s, but drop down to around 270 ng/dl when he reaches the age of 70.
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When a man’s testosterone levels drop below the 270 ng/dl mark, then he is considered to be suffering from a testosterone deficiency, also medically known as hypogonadism. There are different types of low testosterone that may be diagnosed by a doctor, which would depend on the particular cause behind the low levels of testosterone in a particular patient. These types of low testosterone conditions include:
What Symptoms Does Low Testosterone Cause?
There are many symptoms associated with low testosterone, and it is often difficult to point this particular condition down as the cause since the symptoms tend to vary from one man to another man. While one man may only experience one or two symptoms related to the condition when his testosterone levels drop, another man may experience numerous symptoms; thus leading to a larger adverse effect and disruptions in his daily life.
When testosterone deficiency develops during puberty, it causes the development of sexual aspects of a man to become impaired, and it often leads to a decrease in the size of their testicles. Gynecomastia, a condition where men develop breasts, is another problem that people experience when low testosterone develops during puberty.
Low testosterone is much more common amongst adults. When this condition develops in an adult man, one of the most common symptoms that he may develop is a depletion of their libido, which causes them to become disinterested in having sex. Symptoms that are associated with erectile dysfunction also often develops amongst men who have testosterone levels that are below the normal levels.