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Do You Have Low Testosterone?

October 07, 2012

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As many of you may already know, testosterone is a hormone produced from the gonadal glands - the testes (in males) and ovaries (in females) - as a result from hormonal signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. This hormone which occurs in both sexes is mostly associated with male characteristics like muscle growth, body and facial hair, bone strength, deepening of the voice, and his sexual drive. Essentially the levels of this hormone is what makes a man, a man.

The Endocrine System
The endocrine system and gonadal glands (image credited to

The normal volume of testosterone in a man is above 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood. If your levels fall below this, then symptoms of low levels of T may occur which requires medical intervention.

The symptoms of low levels of testosterone depends on age. If it occurs in puberty, symptoms include lack of sexual maturation, decreased muscle mass, failure of the voice to deepen, enlarged breasts (gynecomastia), failure of the testes and penis to enlarge, and poor body hair growth. When it occurs in adulthood, then low testosterone may lead to decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, loss of hair, decreased muscle mass, and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, or the decrease in bone mass, occurs in both men and women when low levels of testosterone is observed.

If you have any of these symptoms, then in your next blood test be sure to measure your testosterone levels. If diagnosed with low testosterone, your doctor may prescribe you to take injections of this hormone, or patch containing it to be applied on the skin to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Or you may take herb supplements that promotes your gonodal glands to produce your own testosterone, which is safer as it boosts your levels of T naturally.

October 07, 2012