Your body is a working machine, and sometimes, it doesn’t always work properly. You may be experiencing symptoms like a low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue. It’s obviously no fun to not enjoy your sex life fully due to these symptoms. If you think you have low testosterone, you are probably wondering what caused this to happen.

Some factors that cause low testosterone are not within your control, but some factors are. Here are the top 5 reasons you may be suffering from low testosterone.

1. You are overweight

For over 30 years, research has consistently noted that obese men have lower testosterone levels than their slimmer peers. These studies suggest that the number one predictor of low testosterone may be obesity.

Why is that? High body fat can affect hormone production and response. Specifically, an expanded waist circumference (greater than 40 inches measured at your belly button) will often have an effect on your testosterone.

Significant weight loss has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men. This 2014 study shows that losing weight either from lifestyle changes or surgery led participants to increase their testosterone. Of course, weight loss is hard and collaborating with your doctor on the best options for your health is a necessary conversation. However, it’s hard to deny that losing weight will not only improve your testosterone levels, but it will also improve your overall well-being.

2. You have a chronic disease

If you are suffering from a chronic disease like diabetes, then this may be causing low testosterone levels. In 13 studies with over 16,000 participants, research shows that a higher testosterone level could significantly decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes in men. Other chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, and renal failure have also shown in studies to have a correlation with lower testosterone levels. Treatment for chronic diseases may help. Consulting with a health care provider about your health is the best way to treat your symptoms.

3. Your age may be a factor

Low testosterone is a common side effect of aging. This is common in men over the age of 45 as it affects almost 40% of this group. Although this is a normal occurrence, it’s important to determine if the cause of the low testosterone, also referred to as hypogonadism or testosterone deficiency, is actually aging or the impact of a chronic disease like diabetes, renal failure or high blood pressure.

Hypogonadism, or testosterone deficiency, is a condition where the testes don’t produce enough testosterone. Receiving treatment for this disease can help improve your sexual function. Many men who have hypogonadism associated with erectile dysfunction will need other measures to improve penile blood flow besides just addressing the low testosterone issue. Talking with a health care provider and taking a blood test can help determine the best treatment option for you.

4. You have high blood pressure

The chances of having low testosterone increase by 1.8 times for men with high blood pressure. Maintaining normal blood pressure may increase your testosterone levels. Consulting with one of our health care experts can help determine the best course of action for treating not only your high blood pressure but also the cause of your low testosterone.

5. A poor diet may be the cause of your low testosterone

What is the magic ingredient to improving your testosterone levels? It may just be including better nutrition into your diet, such as eating less red meat along with more fruits, beans, and vegetables. Adding certain minerals such as more magnesium or zinc into your diet may increase your testosterone levels according to studies. However, it’s not always as simple as changing your diet to find a resolution to your low testosterone. You should always speak with a health care provider about your symptoms and get a personalized treatment plan.

When you’re ready to treat the cause of low testosterone

We work proactively with your health care providers to ensure that your sexual health and overall health is taken care of properly. We take the time to understand your specific situation and discuss your treatment options with you. If you are done with suffering from low testosterone, then let’s treat the cause and improve your health and performance. Request an appointment with us today.