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Why do men’s testosterone levels drop? Causes and signs that give it away

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Men have 20 times more testosterone than women and they need it. In fact, it is the hormone that determines them as male. Already from the embryo, it is key to the development of the male genital apparatus.

When puberty arrives, levels skyrocket and the penis and testicles grow, hair appears, the voice deepens, muscle increases and with it strength and body weight.

Why do men’s testosterone levels drop?

There are 80-year-old men whose levels are optimal and there are 50-year-olds who already show deficiency.
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From the age of 30, it decreases by 1% for each year that passes. The culprit is none other than the passage of time, which leads to a deterioration of the Leydig cells of the testicle, which are the ones that produce testosterone stimulated by the pituitary gland of the brain.

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However, this natural aging does not inevitably cause a testosterone deficit. There are 80-year-old men whose levels are optimal and there are 50-year-olds who already show deficiency.

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It all depends on the amount of hormone that the male has (the older he is, logically the less he is aging).

Factors that lower testosterone

Obesity is one of the most damaging factors. The main reason is that fat cells (adipocytes) produce an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen.

Diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also have a negative influence.

Anything that affects the hypophysis or pituitary gland. From certain genetic diseases to a stroke. Logically, it also causes a deficit of this male hormone, although they are not the most common causes.

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Being overweight influences the drop in testosterone levels, leaving you vulnerable to the consequences of its decrease.

Signs of low testosterone levels

The symptoms caused by this deficit are the popular male andropause. Although it is not a medically accepted term, they are also similar to those of menopause:

  • A man is at risk for osteoporosis and heart problems if testosterone is low.
  • Decreases sexual performance: low libido, there is erectile dysfunction. This is the main reason for consultation with the andrologist or urologist.
  • You notice more tiredness. There may also be anemia because testosterone raises red blood cells.

With these four exercises and some daily habits you can increase testosterone production

  • Beard, pubic and underarm hair are reduced.
  • Low spirits, mood swings occur.
  • Exercise and diet will maintain correct levels
  • That is why the first step so that there is no deficit is to adopt healthy habits (Mediterranean Diet and physical activity).

As for exercise, it is preferable that it is always moderate. There is a false belief that if it is intense, testosterone increases, but this effect is temporary because in the long term it causes the opposite. This is why high-performance athletes have low levels.

Diet and exercise promote optimal testosterone levels. Photo: IGphotography

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