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Low Sex Drive - Caused by Low Testosterone

Testosterone is the fuel that powers your sex drive. It controls your bone mass level. It manages your hair

growth. It even determines how well of a mood you’ll be in. Without testosterone your body remains in a dilapidated state, and with too much testosterone, your body remains out of sync. Whether it’s too much or too little, your body can come under harm without the proper regulation of hormones. From low sex drive to erectile dysfunction, men can suffer from a multitude of issues caused by low testosterone levels.

30 - 39 years12.84 (pg/ml)2.3%
30 - 49 years12.42 (pg/ml)8.9%
50 - 59 years11.38 (pg/ml)22%
60 - 69 years10.71 (pg/ml)28.5%
70 years +8.89 (pg/ml)24.5%
Average for All Groups10.66 (pg/ml)86.3%

Many physicians consider free testosterone of 15 pg/mL or lower to be inadequate. As you can see from the table above, people over 50 years old begin to run the significant risk of suffering from low testosterone. [1] [2]

Causes and Solutions
There are many causes of low testosterone. A lower testosterone level is associated with aging, sexual exhaustion, and several chronic problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.

Low Testosterone Caused by Age
As men age, testosterone fades away. Lower levels of testosterone can cause male menopause, and higher belly fat can too deplete the hormone. 
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Low Testosterone Caused by Obesity
Low testosterone concentrations are closely correlated with a high body mass index. Fat tissue contains an enzyme known as aromatase that breaks down testosterone. It also effectively reduces testosterone concentration gradually. So, for a middle-aged male with low testosterone levels, it’s very difficult to shed belly fat; no matter how much they exercise or how little they eat.  Studies have shown that low testosterone and obesity reinforce each other, trapping men in a spiral of weight gain and low sex drive. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
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Low Testosterone Increase Coronary Artery Disease Risk
Many studies have shown that higher levels testosterone or DHEA are linked to the reduction of heart disease risk. The reason is that testosterone enhances the Reverse Cholesterol Transport process through multiple means. It helps HDL operate better by activating Hepatic Lipase to remove excessive phospholipids. Therefore testosterone effectively reduces excessive cholesterol and plaque build up. [8]
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  1. ^Herbst KL, Amory JK, Brunzell JD, Chansky HA, Bremner WJ. Testosterone administration to men increases hepatic lipase activity and decreases HDL and LDL size in 3 wk. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Jun;284(6):E1112-8.
  2. ^Attia N, Nakbi A, Smaoui M, et al. Increased phospholipid transfer protein activity associated with the impaired cellular cholesterol efflux in type 2 diabetic subjects with coronary artery disease. Tohoku J Exp Med. 2007 Oct;213(2):129-37.
  3. ^Cohen PG. Obesity in men: the hypogonadal-estrogen receptor relationship and its effect on glucose homeostasis. Med Hypotheses. 2008;70(2):358-60.
  4. ^Zumoff B. Hormonal abnormalities in obesity. Acta Med Scand Suppl. 1988;723:153-60.
  5. ^Diaz-Arjonilla M, Schwarcz M, Swerdloff RS, Wang C. Obesity, low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res. 2009 Mar-Apr;21(2):89-98.
  6. ^Haider A, Gooren LJ, Padungtod P, Saad F. Concurrent improvement of the metabolic syndrome and lower urinary tract symptoms upon normalisation of plasma testosterone levels in hypogonadal elderly men. Andrologia. 2009 Feb;41(1):7-13.
  7. ^Laaksonen DE, Niskanen L, Punnonen K, et al. Testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin predict the metabolic syndrome and diabetes in middle-aged men. Diabetes Care. 2004 May;27(5):1036-41.
  8. ^Herbst KL, Amory JK, Brunzell JD, Chansky HA, Bremner WJ. Testosterone administration to men increases hepatic lipase activity and decreases HDL and LDL size in 3 wk. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Jun;284(6):E1112-8.
  9. ^Traish AM, Saad F, Guay A. The dark side of testosterone deficiency: II. Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. J Androl. 2009 Jan-Feb;30(1):23-32.
  10. ^Dandona P, Dhindsa S, Chaudhuri A, Bhatia V, Topiwala S, Mohanty P. Hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism in type 2 diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Curr Mol Med. 2008 Dec;8(8):816-28.
  11. ^Yassin AA, Saad F, Gooren LJ. Metabolic syndrome, testosterone deficiency and erectile dysfunction never come alone. Andrologia. 2008 Aug;40(4):259-64.
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