Is Low Testosterone Hereditary?
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Testosterone is the key male hormone, responsible for all our male attributes including our muscle mass and strength, our deeper voices, body and facial hair, our fertility, sex organs and our sexual responses and performance.
As we start to get older, experts say from around the age of 30-35, our natural testosterone production stats to reduce, on average by between 1-2% per year.
As the reduction takes hold it can cause some far reaching problems, our muscle mass and strength will reduce, we can put on body fat, we become more prone to metabolic diseases such as high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
We can also start t experience problems with erections and sexual performance.
Adding to this, our bones can become weaker and more susceptible to fractures and osteoporosis, also our overall moods, sleep patterns and wellbeing can decline.
What Causes Low T?
Aside from plain old ageing, reduced testosterone can also be caused by health issues such as liver and kidney diseases, some cancers, COPD, pituitary gland disorders as well as testicular injuries.
Some causes are temporary, while others can be permanent. In some men a change in sleeping habits, or weight gain can cause the problem, which can revert back to normal once the weigh is lost, or the sleeping pattern is back on track.
Other causes can include narcotic abuse, alcohol and also the use of anabolic steroids.
Is Low Testosterone Hereditary?
Scientists have looked at this problem and it seems that there are some gene markers that code the protein that binds directly to testosterone – Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).
Clinical evidence does appear to tell us that (even though the exact cause isn’t completely clear) that Low testosterone can in fact be caused by our genetic makeup.
There are also some hereditary diseases (Prader-Willi Syndrome is one example) that have a direct effect on muscle growth, tone and as a direct result testosterone production.
So while it is not applicable in all cases, the overall answer to this question is YES – genetics can sometimes play their part in determining wether you get low t.
Getting Your Testosterone Levels Checked
If you feel that you could be experiencing the effects of low testosterone, its important to go and get your hormone levels checked.
Doctors can usually arrange a simple blood test that will check the amounts of both free and total testosterone in your blood.
Healthy testosterone levels are usually considered to be in the range of 300ng.dl to 1000ng.dl (nanograms per decilitre of blood) if the levels are below 300ng.dl, you are considered to have hypognadism ( the medical name for low T)
If diagnosed, then you will be offered options for treatment, these can take the form of drug based testosterone treatments (TRT) or a natural testosterone boosting supplement.
The drug based products actually put man made or synthetic testosterone into your body, where as natural T-boosters deliver key nutrients, extracts and minerals that trigger and promote your own natural hormone production.
Many men find that drug based TRT work well, but it does have a dark side, in the US there are currently hundreds of lawsuits being heard in the courts that have been bought by men who after taking these treatments suffered strokes and or heart attacks as a direct result.
They claim that the manufacturers knew about the potential risks but did not fully disclose these to both the prescribing doctors and the public itself.
To date there have been a few settlements made with payouts of over $130million being made by drug companies.
Natural T- Boosters do not carry the same risk or worry, as 100% natural products they are side effects free and whats more, generally provide similar results..