The role of testosterone, which is often described as the main male hormone, can hardly be overestimated. Essentially, it is responsible for everything that is associated with masculinity: low voice, muscle strength, male pattern of hair distribution, secondary sexual characteristics, sexuality, potency, fertility and a lot of other things. This hormone is produced naturally in the male organism, but the rate of its production changes throughout the life span of each male. The peak of its production accounts for the period of the typical beginning of sexual life – 18-22 years. After the age of 25 its content begins to reduce from year to year. This natural decline is so gradual that it is virtually unnoticeable, especially if the man is healthy.
However, sometimes men face a sudden drop in testosterone level. This abnormal condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including the following ones:
Apart from this, low testosterone can be a result of sunlight deficiency, testicles overheating, hypertension, elevated cholesterol or/and sugar in the blood. Lowered testosterone has a negative effect on the functioning of the male organism, while a severe drop of this hormone can be dangerous.
Reducing of the main male hormone does not go unnoticed. Men immediately feel it, and the first symptoms usually include:
A severe drop of testosterone can cause heart diseases, impotence and other serious disorders.
Low testosterone is a disorder that requires adequate treatment. There are two main methods of LT therapy: testosterone replacement and stimulating therapy. The first method involves artificial administration of testosterone (with oral tabs or special patches). The second method is focused on the stimulation of testosterone production inside the organism.
Also, therapy usually includes correction of lifestyle. Men are recommended to quit bad habits (if they have any), lose extra weight and increase the level of physical activity.
Treatment of low testosterone takes much time and effort, while replacement therapy has a lot of negative side effects. However, in many cases reduction of testosterone can be prevented.
Preventive measures include the following patterns of behavior:
Also, try not to use any medications without need. Instead of taking antidepressants, try psychotherapy. The same is true about sexual stimulators. Not all of the remedies boosting sexual performance are harmless. Some of them, in the long-term perspective, can give the reverse effect. If you have to take any medications on a regular basis, ask your doctor of possible risks and how you can mitigate them. Finally, check your testosterone level once a year, especially after 35 years of age, in order to be aware of possible changes.