When a man has low testosterone, it means his testosterone has fallen below normal levels. It is natural for men to produce less testosterone as they age. However, it’s not natural for testosterone to fall below a certain level. When a man’s testosterone falls below a level of around 300 ng/dL, it’s generally considered to be low.
Low testosterone is a common condition among aging men. Men of any age can also be at risk for low testosterone if they suffer from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Testosterone levels gradually decrease with age because the body is no longer producing the hormone at the same levels, which are seen in younger men. Over time, hormone production slows down. The change in male hormone levels, as a natural result of aging, is known as andropause.
Testosterone levels are measured within a certain number range. Results above or below the “normal” range can cause many different symptoms, both physical and emotional. We give a Low T diagnosis for patients whose level of testosterone falls below 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood.
Andropause is a series of hormonal changes which progress in men as they age, similar in many ways to menopause. However, andropause begins much earlier in life than menopause, and continues gradually into old age.
Andropuase can brings about weight gain (especially around the abdomen), reduced muscle tone, decreased heart and lung capacity, and diminished sexual function. Andropause may also contribute to feelings of depression, fatigue, and irritability.