In men, the hormone, testosterone, is produced by the testes. It is responsible for the growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. Testosterone levels are regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.
Testosterone deficiency can occur at any age. Levels naturally begin to decline at about age 23 and healthy males can experience symptoms by their early thirties. In males, normal testosterone levels range between 300 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL.
Causes and Affects
Decreased levels of testosterone can be caused by illness such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, alcoholism and congenital hormone disorders. Other causes include: obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
High testosterone levels in both men and women can cause acne, mood swings, aggression and other issues. Low levels have been can affect a man’s libido, bone mass and low levels have been linked to sleep apnea.
Testosterone levels can affect:
Blood testing is the easiest way to determine the testosterone level. However, it is important to work with a credible doctor who is experienced in reading test results, diagnosing and treating.
If done correctly, hormone replacement therapy can be safe and effective. To learn more or to schedule an appointment today call 321-636-0005 or visit www.BrevardFamilyWalkInClinic.com.