How Low Testosterone Affects Your Overall Health

Posted by M ws On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 0 comments
Most men associate low testosterone levels with erectile dysfunction and waning sexual interest. However, evidence suggests the condition can also affect a man's overall health, now and in the future.

What Is Low Testosterone?

Testosterone, sometimes called serum testosterone, is the primary male hormone. It's responsible for masculine traits like facial hair, a deep voice, and muscle development.

Low testosterone, commonly called low T, occurs when levels of the hormone are below the normal range when measured by a blood test. The condition is also sometimes referred to as a type of hypoandrogenism or hypogonadism.

There is no single agreed-upon standard of what constitutes a normal testosterone value, but a common range for men is 300 to 1,000 ng/dL. Values vary somewhat among laboratories.

An article available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that in the past two decades, low T has become an increasing global problem. It suggests that one reason for the rapid growth of the condition is global aging, a situation where increased life expectancy isn't matched by greater health expectancy.

Health Problems With Low Testosterone

Although the issues most commonly associated with a low testosterone level are decreased sexual desire and performance, the condition has been linked to a number of overall health problems:

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