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Causes Hypogonadism Males – Is This Why I Have Low T?

Causes Hypogonadism Males

Causes Hypogonadism Males

As us men get older, there is a natural progression into less energy, less sex drive, less initiative, less motivation, and lots of other things that we are interested in much less. This could just be normal aging, or it could be symptoms of something called Hypogonadism. I had no idea at the time what the causes of Hypogonadism in Males were. Now, I know.

Several years ago, when I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I was also tested for low testosterone levels. To my surprise, I not only was diabetic, I also had developed Hypogonadism, which it turned out explained a lot of my symptoms.

But, what is this thing called Hypogonadism, and does that mean I will always have low testosterone and no sex drive? That just can’t be:(

What is Hypogonadism?

To put it as simple as I can, male hypogonadism is basically a failure of your testes to produce what we call, the male sex hormone testosterone. This testosterone deficiency call also be the reason you can’t produce those little swimmers (sperm) and more.

It turns out that the activities of your testes are actually controlled by a part of the brain called the Pituitary. This pituitary gland is responsible for sending signals (called gonadotropins) to the testicles that are supposed to tell the testicles to produce sperm and testosterone.

Now if these signals aren’t getting the right information and feedback in the brain, from your testicles, that can change what gets back to your testes. These mixed signal are part of Hypogonadism and indicates there is either a problem with the signals from the brain to the lower nether region, or there is a problem inside the testicles themselves. These two categories of problems are called Primary Hypogonadism and Secondary Hypogonadism

These categories are very important, because they will help determine how your particular hypogonadism is treated, so you can get the results you are looking for in the end.

What is Primary Hypogonadism?

Primary Hypogonadism is diagnosed when your testicles are not responding to the hormone stimulation via the signals from your pituitary. This can happen for several reasons, including the fact that it may be a congenital disorder, meaning you were born with it. This is usually called Klinefelter’s syndrome.

Other ways you testes or testicles could be damaged and not working correctly is as a result of chemotherapy, tumors or physical damage, radiation treatment or even if you had the mumps at some point.

What is Secondary Hypogonadism?

Secondary Hypogonadism occurs at the other end of the chain, in the pituitary or hypothalamus glands. This can happen for multiple reasons, just like primary does. Usually this happens due to a disease of one or both of those glands or other areas of your body. If your pituitary gland is diseased and can’t send the signal to the testes to do their thing, you have secondary hypogonadism.

There are several situations that your glands can become diseased and stop sending the right signals to your boys.

Here are some of those situations:

⇒ You are Malnourished.

⇒ You have too much Stress in your life.

⇒ Side effects from prescription drugs. Some of my diabetic drugs caused me issues with low T.

You have Cirrhosis of the Liver.

⇒ You drink to much alcohol.

You are morbidly obese.

Normal aging can also cause Low Testosterone, which is called Andropause. We know this happens to us guys after about the age of around 40 and we will lose 1 – 2 % of our testosterone levels per year.

Other high risk factors of Hypogonadism are type 2 diabetes, Having HIV, COPD, hypertension, opiods, and listen up bodybuilders, taking steroids is a very high risk factor.

What Problems are Linked With Hypogonadism?

When hypogonadism happens in adult men, the following problems could occur:

  • You could become infertile.
  • You could lose body hair or not be able to grow a beard.
  • You could develop problems with your bone density. (Osteoporosis)
  • You will lose sex drive.
  • You could develop Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
  • You will most likely lose muscle mass.
  • You will have more body fat.
  • You could develop male breasts.
  • You may have mood swings and be abnormally depressed.
  • You will be more fatigued and more irritable.

I can tell your from personal experience that I developed most of these before I was diagnosed with Hypogonadism. I just thought it was because I was getting older. I was in my 50’s when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and low testosterone.

Guys, if you have even some of these symptoms, get some bloodwork done and make sure you haven’t developed these issues like I did. I worked too many hours and did not take proper care of myself because of that. Don’t make the same mistakes I made. Take care of yourself now.

Can Hypogonadism and Low Testosterone be Cured?

In general, there is not actual cure for this issue. If you find out you have a curable disease, you may be able to get most of your sexual functionality back.

The main treatment prescribed, is what is called Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). I will tell you up front, I am not a fan of TRT because of all the side effects that are proven to happen to many men.

TRT is usually given as a gel you put on your skin, by a transdermal patch or by getting it injected with a needle. I hate needles! There are some forms of testosterone that can be taken orally, but they are not used because of the negative side effects and stomach issues.

TRT does not help all males. It totally depends on the symptoms and type of hypogonadism you have.

If it works for you, here are some of the benefits you will see:

  • You should see an increased sex drive.
  • Your mood should be much better and you should not be depressed.
  • You should be able to increase your lean muscle mass with the correct exercise.
  • Your bone density will increase.
  • You can expect to have more energy, stamina and endurance.
  • Your overall quality of life should be much improved.

But remember, TRT is definitely not for everyone and you and doctor would have to work together to determine if it is a viable option for your situation.

Some of the risks that come with TRT are:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Worsening of existing prostrate cancers.
  • Potential for blood clots and increased risk of stroke.

These side effects generally go away if TRT is stopped.

Also be aware that TRT will not restore fertility if you have become infertile.

If you Have the Symptoms, Get Checked and Get Some Help.

As I mentioned earlier, if you are having the symptoms I described, please get checked out and start working on getting better. You want to be the best man you can be so don’t delay.

Best of luck!

Curtis Henderson

8 Comments

  1. thanks again for another timely article curtis,

    I can honestly say I have never heard of hypog up until now.  I can’t imagine my dad would ever sit me down and tell me about effects of low testosterone.  I can’t even imagine my doctor looking for it.  

    Thanks for your honesty.  I image this is a lot of men have but don’t  know about.  

    There seems to be lots of confusion about what constitutes normal testosterone levels and what doesn’t.  I have blood test results but how do I know if it is normal?

    I tend not to have blind faith that my doctor can solve all my problems within the allotted three minute window.

    • Your blood tests for low testosterone will show the normal range for your age and whether you are in that range or not.

      Low testosterone is in epidemic proportions in the world today. Men ignore the symptoms until it gets so bad that they develop worse conditions. Check out this article for more information: Is Low Testosterone Impacting Your Life?

  2. Even though I am a woman and not impacted by this condition called Hypogonadism, I have appreciated all the details about this condition in your article.

    I was looking for some information about the symptoms my husband is experiencing for quite some time and came along your site.

    I am not sure if this condition also could apply to my husband’s problem since he doesn’t like doctors or like to talk. However, I will forward your article to him and if he wants to, may he also contact you? I hope he will take some actions.

    Thank you for your help.

  3. I found this article quite interesting because my husband occasionally complains that worst thing about getting old (he’s 63) is his inability to be aroused. We both always thought it was just age, but I had never heard of hypogonadism before reading this very educational article.

    Considering the side effects you described with Testosterone Replacement , I think we’ll be content with just cuddling at night. Thanks so much for helping us realize what’s really going on with the male body and it’s hormones.

    Sue K.

    • I am only 61 and have these issues for a few years. I have definitely found ways to improve these issues and natural testosterone boosters have helped me a lot.

      I will continue to write these articles so more people can get informed about these issues as we age.

  4. Well, Curtis, I have to admit that I have been a victim of Andropause.  It hit me in my mid-40s – and, just like you, it came along with a diagnosis of “borderline” type 2 diabetes.

    I thought that my decreased desires of makin’ “whoopee” were just a natural progression from being a young stud to becoming “ancient history.”

    I went through TRT and spent about 6 months self-injecting testosterone.  There were some side effects such as increased anxiety and impatience.  However, I knew that this was only a “band-aid” solution and I needed to look for a better solution.

    So, while I was taking the injections, I also began changing my food consumption to include testosterone boosting foods such as eggs, garlic, oysters, spinach, beans, tuna, milk, red meat, etc.

    Additionally, I began exercising more, reducing my stress levels, and always trying to get a good night’s sleep.

    Now, all is right with the world and I have been able to significantly raise my testosterone levels naturally and no longer need the needles!

    Thank God!

    Jim

    • Jim, I am so glad you are no longer on TRT. I really an concerned with the side effects with TRT. I know it works for some but it would be a last resort for me.

      Testosterone boosters are working for me, along with proper exercise and nutrition.

      Best of luck to you and your health. You are doing all the right things.

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