What Is Testosterone And Why Do Both Men And Women Need It?

Decline in Testosterone Levels

Testosterone Decline In Men And Women

The amounts of this androgen hormone are not the same at all points in time during a person’s life. Any of a number of factors can cause changes in levels to occur.

Levels can rise higher or drop lower than normal. But the latter is the more common medical complaint. Either of these situations can have unpleasant effects on your body.

Perhaps, the most common factor in incidence of decline is aging. The production of the hormone tends to drop as people get older. It is estimated that levels decline by roughly one percent a year after the age of 30 in most people.

Another estimate has it that around 40 percent of men suffer from low levels by the time they are in their mid-40s. Diagnoses of this problem in older men have almost tripled over the past seven years or so.

Apart from aging, there are some medical conditions that could make a person experience unwanted changes in testosterone levels. They include:

  • Infection or injury to the testes
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Tumors affecting the pituitary or hypothalamus gland
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Genetic disorders (e.g. Klinefelter’s syndrome)
  • Coronary artery disease

The use of certain drugs can also cause a person to have testosterone imbalances. Removal of ovaries is among possible reasons a woman may have this sort of issue.

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