Some contributing factors do not clearly fall under primary or secondary hypogonadism, and others are still being researched. Type 2 diabetes, for example, shows a clear correlation to low T. Whether one causes the other, however, is still unclear. The following factors may be more within your ability to change than the other causes we listed, which may make this a valuable starting point for reversing your condition.
The use of illegal drugs, opiates, and excessive use of prescription drugs can certainly be causes of low T, although the ways in which they can affect your body will vary. The use of anabolic steroids is one example that is quite well known. It can cause the testes to shut down testosterone production, and the effects can be permanent, so be mindful of the consequences if you are using steroids in bodybuilding or other pursuits.
Even something as seemingly innocent as a few too many drinks can affect your testosterone levels. Alcohol is a depressant, and excessive drinking can reduce the blood flow to your reproductive organs. Low T is just one possible consequence.
As we mentioned earlier, type 2 diabetes has been connected to low testosterone. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to be diagnosed with low T, and vice versa. Testosterone increases your body’s sensitivity to insulin, which makes the two conditions correlated if not causally related, and studies have actually been done to research HRT as a treatment to help those with type 2 diabetes.
Fat cells metabolize testosterone to estrogen. It also reduces levels of a binding protein that helps carry testosterone through the blood. With that in mind, it makes sense that obesity and low T would be connected. Even so – just like diabetes – there is nothing conclusive determining that obesity causes low T or the other way around. Taking action to treat your obesity and/or trying HRT may bring benefits for both conditions, however.
High Blood Pressure
The relationship between low T and high blood pressure is complicated. If you have high blood pressure, you are more likely to be diagnosed with low testosterone. On the other hand, excess levels of testosterone can increase blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have and make sure that, if you choose to try HRT, that the health practitioner offering treatment is aware of any other conditions or health problems that may be affected or interfere.
Regardless of what the cause may be, low testosterone can be an unpleasant condition. There are a variety of treatment options available to you to help you start living your best life again. Keep reading to learn more about those treatment options and call Anderson Longevity Clinic today to make an appointment!