Are Low Testosterone Levels Normal?

The subject of the testosterone hormone has recently received a lot of public attention. Much has been said about the effects of low testosterone levels and its impact on wellbeing. But what is testosterone? And what is the meaning of low levels, and how do you cope with it?

Firstly, testosterone is a hormone produced by men, mainly in their testicles. It is responsible for the growth of hair (such as beards or mustaches), low voice pitch, sex drive, and muscle tone, among other things. Of course, they are also responsible for boys turning into men during puberty. Strange as it may seem, the production of testosterone starts not in the testicles, but in the hypothalamus, which sends a signal to the pituitary glands that in turn tell the testicles to produce the hormone. Thus, when we talk about low levels of testosterone, we must take into consideration the chain of commands needed for the production of the hormone.

A man may suffer a low level of testosterone due to various reasons such as obesity, lack of exercise, and the consumption of low quality food; whereas smoking, for example, will raise the T level. Also, it is a known fact that the testosterone produced diminishes with age. There is no agreement as to what is the “normal” level at any age and one should compare results of tests with charts where levels are segregated by age groups, rather than by the reference shown in regular tests.

If you show symptoms associated with low T, such as thin muscles, loss of body hair, or larger breasts, you should check with your doctor and take a T test to determine and correct your T level.

How to Survive Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are sudden spurts of warmth, generally over the face, neck, and chest that cause perspiration, a flushed appearance, and rapid heartbeat. Most commonly associated with menopause, hot flashes vary from woman to woman in frequency and duration.

Causes

Hot flashes are attributed to the changes in a woman’s reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and in the body’s hypothalamus (thermostat). For reasons unknown, a drop in estrogen effects the hypothalamus, making the body think it is “too hot”. The body responds to fend off the unwanted heat and the result is a “hot flash”.

Risk Factors

Some women never get hot flashes while others suffer with them for years. Certain risk factors may increase your chance of hot flashes, including smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and ethnicity.

Surviving a Hot Flash

Although you may not be able to avoid a hot flash, there are some things you can do to survive one!

  • Avoid the Triggers – alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, hot showers, and smoking can trigger a hot flash.
  • Exercise can reduce hot flashes.
  • Diet and Nutrition – consider a low-fat diet.
  • Dress in Layers so you can peel them off one layer at a time as your symptoms intensify.
  • Avoid Turtlenecks.
  • Wear Cotton, Linen, or Rayon.
  • Take a Cool Shower Before Bed.
  • Keep Ice Water Handy.
  • Start a “Hot Flash” Journal – record what you ate before your hot flash to determine if there are any triggers.
  • Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy can rebalance your hormones, and offer relief from hot flashes and many other discomforts associated with hormones.

Hot flashes may not be preventable, but we can take steps to live with them by being proactive about our health. If you’re fed up with the symptoms of menopause or aren’t sure if your hormone levels are low, take our online hormone assessment test. In less than 2 minutes you can complete the questions and get personal recommendations from our clinicians about your hormones.