Causes of Low Testosterone

There are many health conditions that can trigger low testosterone, including obesity, diabetes, kidney damage and changes in thyroid function. In many of these cases, your body is simply putting more effort into fighting a chronic condition than it is into producing testosterone.

“Another cause of low testosterone is significant emotional or physical stress,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “This is usually because the hypothalamus – the section of the brain that Ogles_Mitchellcontrols hormone production – does not send a strong signal to the body to produce testosterone when it is under stress.”

So how do you prevent low testosterone levels? Eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of sleep at night. “Leading a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress levels, which in turn will help your testosterone levels,” says Ogles. “Weight management is also crucial.”

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