It is a common misconception that low testosterone only affects men over the age of 50. In fact, young men can also be affected by low testosterone. Testosterone is the most important male sexual hormone and is responsible for many of the secondary sexual characteristics of men. Young and older males can be affected by either of the forms of hypogonadism; primary or secondary. When males begin to suffer negative side effects of low testosterone it is necessary that they visit their physician to discuss the possibility of starting testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a viable option for men that are affected by hypogonadism (abnormally low levels of naturally occurring testosterone). Primary hypogonadism occurs due to a problem with testosterone production within the testicles. This disorder can affect older males and young men and can be effectively treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Young men typically suffer from primary hypogonadism if they misuse performance enhancers and/or artificial testosterone, or have an undescended testicle.
Secondary hypogonadism is low testosterone due to a problem of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. Both of these structures are responsible for testosterone production and regulation. In this case the testicles function normally but the regulation from the brain is off. Secondary hypogonadism can be either acquired or congenital. Secondary hypogonadism can affect testosterone levels in young men who suffered hypothalamus or pituitary gland deficiencies through; disorders, inherited syndromes, abnormal development of the brain, infections, weight issues, or abuse of medications.
Young men who are suffering the negative side effects of low testosterone can receive help. They physicians at Men’s Vitality Clinic in Glendale, AZ are available. Testosterone replacement therapy may be a viable option after consulting with your physician. Call today to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you get back to a normal lifestyle!