Yo, since you’re here, chances are that you have doubts that your T might be low or it really IS! Cheers for taking action and looking for useful information, this is where you’ll be receiving TONS of it! Dear gents, I’ll bet my whole wealth that you straight up want to know what causes low testosterone in men?
But of course, it’s the ultimate lack of intimate moments with representatives of opposite sex… actually, even if the first of April is approaching, this ain’t the case fellows! You see, our machismo is and always will be affected by boatloads of different elements and factors – it’s NOT like you could solely blame one single aspect for your testosterone-related issues.
As this piece of writing progresses at a steady pace I will be highlighting the potential antagonists that may very well be accused of diminishing your virility. The journey (yeah, my articles are total journeys, don’t you know?) is set to take you obvious lands, as well as remote areas that you didn’t know even existed.
Alright, enough with the figurative speaking (or writing that is), time to lift the curtains and let the daylight shine in (even though it’s approaching midnight here). Before you load the gun and point it to your head, for the sake of clarification:
Are you sure that you have low T?
Just by looking at Arnold in Conan and immediately concluding that you’re a tiny shrimp compared to him is of no use. Yeah, during the shooting for this movie he was more than likely walking around with 20x the amounts of testosterone that any regular Joe would carry in his system.
Or simply “guessing” that you could very well be one of those unfortunate guys that have been cursed with below normal levels of our primary male hormone, is plain and simple… unwise (to put it mildly)! What WOULD be wise is to read my article on the symptoms of low testosterone firstly!
If you catch my drift or if you don’t, to put it super-simply-simple (yay for triple ‘s’):
You need a blood test to determine your testosterone levels!
You need a blood test to determine your testosterone levels!
And no, saliva or urine tests are nowhere near as accurate, so don’t even think about half-arsing it bro! Be a man, stand strong, roll up them sleeves and let the nurse do her job. I know, there are nurses that you’d prefer to do a different kind of service for you, but come on … we’re using our main heads now!
Before ANY kind of assumptions, please, pretty please – go to a lab in your town/city/village/camp/underground base/whatever, ask for testosterone level test and voila or as the Heineken commercial goes – “and now we wait!”. So, time to ask a closely related question, no?
So what’s the normal range for T in men?
The norm is there for anyone to see, isn’t it obvious!? Normal is when something is right between below-normal and above-normal. It’s the golden standard, the perfect equilibrium, the ideal utopia… ah, if you’re still with me, time to reveal the answer!
As a rule of thumb, it’s been accepted that this range is what’s considered normal:
300 – 1000 ng/dl
IF you’re familiar with where you are in this so-called normal range of testosterone, then it would be a good idea to check my article entirely dedicated to what the normal levels of our hormone are. There you can find the truth about whether or not you’re on the lower side of the spectrum!
One thing’s for sure though, it’s a damn WIDE range. Almost as wide as the cape cod canal (widest in the world, for your info). Yet, anything below the 300 mark is and even should be considered tiny, miniature, puny… microscopic amounts of testosterone!
Well, not literally but yeah, you know what I mean – you better make sure you’re on the higher end of the scope! Curious how? By utilizing natural ways to enhance your androgen activity or by carefully picking certain foods that are known for their T boosting capabilities.
These are tried and tested methods of making the most of your primary male hormone, so it would be logical to follow my advice! But hey, I believe this is where we hit the bull’s eye – we’ll jump right into the REAL action!
What could actually cause your levels to be low?
Insufficient amounts of punani in your life! No, honestly – it does have some correlation but that was thrown in here for the sake of keeping it fresh, yo. Brace yourselves now gentlemen, the time has come to reveal the TRUE troublemaker:
This is a fancy sounding word that I plan on using a lot in the future because I’m totally sure that it’s a topic that needs some digging into. In a nutshell, hypogonadism is when your balls decide to call it a day and pretty much give you the finger in terms of producing sufficient amounts of testosterone. Sounds rather uncool, eh? You bet!
When your tiny heroes are under hypogonadism’s spell they tend to produce unsatisfactory amounts of our favorite hormone. Unsatisfactory in every possible meaning, because of neither you nor your girlfriend/lover/wife/
sister/ pet/etc. would be satisfied with the end product! Now that you have an idea what this condition is, let me dig further and explore the kinds of hypogonadism:
- Primary hypogonadism
- Secondary hypogonadism
You can look at them as two sides of the same coin. Doesn’t really matter which side you’re given, you’ll be pretty much screwed anyway! But hey it’s getting more and more interesting and I don’t want to leave you on a low note… Do I?
Types of Hypogonadism explained!
There’s a sequence to everything and our arch enemy here, knows that all too well. For this reason, the hypo condition can be split into two main sections or parts, whichever you prefer fellows!
As the name suggest it’s the primary one. You know, if there are two and one is primary then it means it’s the first one, right? Got it? Ok, I promise – from now on I will view you guys as the top of the top when it comes to intelligent human beings!
For this one, we should focus on your nuts entirely – the primary hypogonadism basically means faulty testicles. This quiet clearly translates to your testosterone production being boned, like totally boned! This situation can be BOTH inherited or acquired. Perplexed by what I mean by that? Let met further elaborate then!
Inherited hypogonadism is when:
- You have the Klinefelter syndrome
- Yours have cryptorchidism
- You are “blessed” with hemochromatosis
The Klinefelter thing is not a positive feature to have, for sure! It’s when you have an extra X chromosome and that my friends mean that you MIGHT possess some not-so-manly attributes such as wider hips, enlarged boobs, narrower shoulders and what not.
Cryptorchidism‘s a fancy, sophisticated in an unwanted manner kind of word, don’t you think? It stands for testicles that haven’t descended… from your abdomen that is when you were inside your mother’s belly! While undescended balls may sound harmless and hilarious – trust me, it’s the polar opposite of that.
As for the last of the bunch, hemochromatosis (another overly complicated word) is not your friend, nor it needs to be. It’s responsible for your body utilizing more Iron (the mineral, of course!) than it needs from the stuff you consume. What does that mean? Too much of this mineral can brutalize your nuts and/or mess with your pituitary gland!
As unfortunate as all of this is, the primary variation of this condition is a great excuse to blame your genetics (didn’t want to say, parents, really). So we’ve got the initial hypogonadism all covered, cheers! Now it’s time for the more spicy information, it’ll be about:
This is completely caused by external factors. Here you can safely blame yourself or someone/something else for your impaired testosterone production. Yep folks, be it the famous pituitary gland or even the hypothalamus (parts of our brain where T production is controlled), any harm done to any of these and your in for some TROUBLE!
As I don’t want to sound too pessimistic, let me throw some conditions connected to the function of the pituitary (gland, yes) and/or the hypo(again)thalamus. These fall under the second-ish hypogonadism problem:
- Inflammatory processes – sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and histiocytosis are all rather nasty and have the naughty ability to interfere with the functions of the hypothalamus and the… yes, you know which gland!
- Immunodeficiency viruses – say hello to HIV (or AIDS) and just keep in mind that this atrocity of a virus could potentially also affect your testicles or the GLAND (not sure how many more times I’ll repeat this word) plus the… aye, h-y-p-o-t-h-a-l-a-m-u-s!
- Pituitary gland problems – such as caused by kidney malfunction, certain tumorous overgrowth etc. and such issues are able to mess your whole endocrine system up, big time.
You’re probably scared to death now, you probably assume that it’s game over after reading such, how to put it – a discouraging piece of data? I’m here to save the day and tell you that NO, not everything is lost. I’ve got a piece of writing dedicated to naturally treating low testosterone, without injecting your rear end with synthetic crap!
You know the causes now, what about the main problem?
The main antagonist goes by the name of low testosterone levels – no more, no less. In this article, I’ve outlined the main causes for your below-the-norm values of our favorite hormone. Well, practically not just outlined, because I went deeper (ha-ha) into the subject by giving you a more sophisticated approach.
Remember that going for a blood test is always preferred if you think about doing one. Excluding all the warning signs of low T, this has to the best option to go for when you’re in doubt of your alpha male status. And basically always aim to be at the higher end of the spectrum – we want to be as manly as possible, now DON’T WE?
I pray that this post of mine was an eye-opener to you. Hopefully, now you have a better understanding about which aspects are the true origin of the most dreaded condition for every single man out there.
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