By Jeffrey VanWingen M.D. — One of many Men's Health blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
Men, does you life lack spice?
Do you have trouble concentrating and feel tired all the time?
Have your strength and physical ability declined?
Has your sexual desire plummeted?
You may be suffering from low levels of testosterone otherwise known as "hypogonadism".
Hypogonadism is common, effecting over 15 million men in America. While there is no cure, it is quite treatable. If discovered and treated appropriately, a huge turn-around can be observed. This blog will cover the symptoms, causes and treatment of hypogonadism.
Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes in response to signals from the brain. Testosterone is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. These characteristics include:
When testosterone is deficient, a syndrome emerges from the decline in hormonal support.
While low testosterone is often seen without any causal factors, it is more common with certain chronic disease states.
These symptoms can be quite problematic and can cause a downward spiral in a man's life. Intimate relationships may become strained due to decreased sex drive and abilities. Work performance may decline due to lacking energy and ability to concentrate. An already depressed mood may be magnified by these above situational factors and a declining self-esteem.
If you have symptoms consistent with low testosterone and/or a condition that puts you at increased risk, see your doctor. That rut you are in may have a simple remedy. A blood test can be easily performed to test your testosterone level. If the level is low, consideration can be given to supplementing your testosterone to maintain a normal, healthy level and putting the spice back in your life.
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