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Testosterone is a steroid hormone, or androgen, made by the body. It plays an important role in the development of male reproductive tissues, and without testosterone, men are infertile. Although considered a male hormone, women also contain small amounts of testosterone in the ovaries. In average adult men, testosterone levels are about 7-8 times as great as adult females. Without testosterone, men are at risk for different types of health issues, such as osteoporosis. Chiropractic care can be a great solution for men with low testosterone.
Testosterone helps to maintain bone strength, increases muscle strength and mass, stimulates sperm and sexual function, and it helps to maintain reproductive tissues. The brain and testicles work together to keep testosterone within a normal range, but when testosterone levels are below average, the brain tells the testicles to make more. When testosterone levels are above a normal level, the brain tells the testicles to make less.
When testosterone levels fall below a level of 300 ng/DL, it is a sign of low testosterone. Low testosterone is a medical condition called hypogonadism. This tends to occur when there is a problem between the brain and the testicles which causes a drop in the amount of testosterone being produced. This can also happen when the brain feels that there is too much testosterone in the body, or due to a defect in the testicles when the body cannot produce enough testosterone.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone might include decreased energy and a reduced sex drive, a loss of body hair, depression, weight gain, and a decrease in muscle mass and bone strength.
Low testosterone is common with men who have high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, or asthma. If you struggle with obesity or high blood pressure, All Care Health & Wellness Center can help you to calculate your Body Mass Index and safely guide you to reaching a healthier weight. However, a drop in testosterone can also occur due to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, medications, an inflammatory disease, or alcohol use.
By the time a man reaches 30 years of age, his testosterone levels start to decline by about 1 percent each year. Hormone Replacement Therapy is an option. Hormone Replacement Therapy can also combat the difficult symptoms of hypogonadism, and is easy to receive.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is typically given through a muscular injection about every two to three weeks, but patches can also be worn on the body and rotated between the abdomen, buttocks, back, and arms. Testosterone gels can also be applied topically.
If you are dealing with symptoms of low testosterone and would like help from licensed medical practitioner who can help, please contact All Care Health & Wellness Center.