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What causes testosterone decline?
While testosterone decline will happen, the speed at which it occurs can depend on a lot of different things. As mentioned above, testosterone will decline naturally even in healthy men. But it can be influenced by certain chronic medical conditions like HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, depression, and being overweight. Other factors induce hormone and genetic disorders.
There are also certain medical treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation-based treatments, that can lower testosterone, as well as certain medications. Since testosterone is produced in the testicles, a testicular injury can also negatively affect levels of the hormone.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Low-T is usually diagnosed through a series of blood tests. Having low levels of testosterone can manifest itself in a variety of different ways, including:
- Low levels of energy
- Low or diminished sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of body hair
- Increase in body fat
- Reduced muscle mass and bone density
- Gynecomastia (male breast development)
- Hot flashes (very rare)
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