What is testosterone deficiency?
Deficiency (lack) of testosterone occurs when the testicles produce not enough testosterone. The reasons for this vary a lot. The weaker function of the testicles may be inherited; it can also be caused by toxic substances, tumors, surgery or occurs as a consequence of aging.
Low testosterone symptoms include:
- decreased sex will (libido)
- erectile dysfunction
- muscle atrophy
- elevated levels of blood fats (hyperlipidemia)
- bad mood and depression, anemia (anemia) and bone atrophy (osteoporosis)
- lack of sexual hormone testosterone leads to disrupted sperm production and reduced fertility
All symptoms do not always occur at the same time.
What Are the Consequences of Low Testosterone Levels?
If the lack of testosterone begins before puberty, sexual maturation slows down, the child doesn’t grow up properly and its voice remains childish.
If the testosterone deficiency occurs after the puberty had finished, and the reasons can be inherited or acquired, the following symptoms may occur: sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, irritability, anxiety, feeling of weakness, decreased libido and virility, sensation of repeated heat waves and sweating.
Men suffering from low testosterone production also suffer a decrease in muscle mass and increase in body weight and body fat. The amount of fat increases particularly around the waist and hips. These people complain about having depression and apathy and reduced concentration and memory.
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How is testosterone deficiency treated?
Usually this condition is treated by application of the required missing amount of testosterone to the organism. The testosterone that is injected into the bloodstream is just like the natural testosterone produced by the testicles. Through the bloodstream the testosterone is spread throughout the body, it goes to all targeted organs where it acts the same way as the testosterone produced in the testicles.
There are also natural ways of increasing your testosterone levels.
- It has been proven that with proper higher intensity training which trigger major muscle groups, you can increase the secretion of testosterone during and after the exercise by up to 40%.
- The psychological and physical stress causes the secretion of the hormone corticotropin which stimulates an increase in cortisol. And the higher the levels of cortisol, the lower the levels of testosterone. Therefore you should avoid stressful situations, think positive, focus your thoughts on nice things, relax, sleep 8 hours a day and help yourself this way.
- Also you can naturally boost the secretion of testosterone through your diet. You should enrich your diet with large amounts of essential fatty acids. Natural sources of this acids are nuts, avocados, fish, green vegetables, eggs, beef and cheese. On the other hand, you should avoid foods with low amounts of carbohydrates and high protein values because they reduce production of testosterone. Fat intake should be about 30%.