What Causes Androgen Deficiencies as Men Age?
September 6, 2019
Androgens are a group of natural or synthetic steroid hormones that play a role in regulating male characteristics and reproductive activities by binding to androgen receptors in the body. Although androgens like testosterone are often referred to as "male hormones", these important chemical messengers are present in both men and women. However, in females, androgens are produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells with the primary purpose of being converted into the "female hormone" called estrogen. Whereas, testosterone is the primary androgen hormone in men, it is produced in much larger quantities when compared to women. Collectively, sex hormones predominantly regulate sex drive (or libido) in both sexes... but in very different ways.
Remember Your Sex Crazed Years...
Focusing on male sex hormone production, you might remember your sex-crazed years that started when you were just a teenager. Suddenly, your body seemed to have the juice needed to produce facial hair and grow muscles. Your endocrine system, which commands hormonal actions, was vigorously stimulated by signals from your hypothalamus and pituitary glands to organs like your pancreas, adrenal glands, thyroid and testes. Unfortunately, adjusting the level of testosterone production is not as simple as checking the oil in your car and adding a quart, if low. Quite the contrary, there's a lot that can go wrong testosterone regulation and hormonal chaos can cause you to eat when you're full, store too much visceral belly fat, hamper your ability to manage stress hormones like cortisol, and eventually lead to chronic conditions like metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.
The effect that over-production of testosterone hormone has on the body depends entirely upon the age and sex of the individual. That said it is highly unlikely an adult male will develop a medical condition where their body produces too much testosterone naturally. In fact, much of the public's misunderstanding of testosterone or androgen hormone replacement therapy stems from the abuse of anabolic steroids, which are manufactured, synthetic androgenic hormones that actually shut down the release of hormone balancing secretions from the man's pituitary gland. Prolonged abuse or misuse of male sex hormones can result in infertility, decreased sex drive, lowered testosterone production, and liver damage from filtering toxins.
How NJ GAINSWave Makes a Difference
Testosterone in men and estrogen in women have long been considered the male and female sex hormones, respectively. Nonetheless, in men, the predominant form of estrogen (estradiol) is essential for regulating sex drive, sperm production, and healthy erectile function. In an adult male, estradiol is responsible for modulating testosterone levels, with the overall effect of excess estradiol being erectile dysfunction. The effect of estradiol on male libido is linked to the man's underlying testosterone levels. Moreover, in men who had their testosterone levels properly adjusted, mood stabilization and increased cognitive functions are common outcomes. Untreated, excess estrogen hormone can lead to androgen deficiencies and male sexual health problems like ED.
Diagnosing the cause and determining the right treatment regimen for androgen deficiency is common problem affecting men's sexual health. Treatment for proven androgen deficiency in adult men is based on testosterone replacement therapy. Older males need to be checked for prostate cancer or disease before treatments are started. Nonetheless, never take medications or start supplementation based on self-diagnosed symptoms of low testosterone without consulting a men's health specialist to assess your overall well-being. Here at NJ GAINSWave, our doctors and staff understand the complications caused by hormonal imbalances as well as the natural physical changes related to normal aging. Once your androgen levels are determined, our team has the latest technologies and multidisciplinary treatment regimens to restore your sexual health and well-being.