Researchers have proposed different mechanisms that can cause Testosterone levels to drop. For instance:

  • The biochemical signals that go between the testes and the brain can, for different reasons, falter, prompting the brain to biochemically “ask” the testes to limit production of testosterone;Man Reading
  • Defective testes or gonads can also prompt Low T levels;
  • Medications and diet can change the man’s hormonal tone and cause the overproduction or underproduction of sex hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, etc.

The technical name for when the body fails to produce adequate testosterone is “hypogonadism.” Some men are born with hypogonadism — or at least are predisposed to develop it — or develop it due to a problem with the testes. This is known as “primary hypogonadism.” Other men develop Low T indirectly due to problems with the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland in the brain. Other issues that can Low T or hypogonadism include:

  • Heavy metal toxicity damage;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Genetic problems like Klinefelter’s syndrome and Kallmann’s syndrome;
  • Too much iron;
  • Several diseases and medications.

Man Leaning on WallClinicians have linked low testosterone levels with other health problems. For instance, Low T levels have been linked with obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, asthma, COPD, and cardiovascular problems.

Does that mean that the simple act of losing weight and getting blood sugar under control would elevate testosterone levels back to normal? Would getting testosterone levels back to normal help resolve symptoms of type 2 diabetes and lead to weight loss? Could changing a dietary factor(s) help normalize blood sugar, weight and testosterone levels all at once?

The next post will reveal three complex truths about testosterone therapy.

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