Being Hypothyroid and having Low Testosterone .The male endocrine system is reliant upon Testosterone for so many different reasons ranging from healthy heart/circulation building muscles and maintaining bones and giving us those tell tale masculine traits and these are only just a few of the important functions of Testosterone.
You see the problem is Testosterone is reliant upon other glands malfunctioning correctly. Our pituitary gland is often referred to as the ‘master gland’ the reason being is that it controls most of our basic functions automatically going about it’s business to keep us healthy and our bodies functioning correctly.
When we have something affect our hormone balance it can have a huge impact on other hormones. For example one of the main culprits that can cause Low Testosterone is an under active Thyroid gland. Known as being “Hypothyroid” Hypothyroidism can be brought about by many different conditions. Lack of Iodine in our diets, hereditary factors, aging, autoimmune problems like Hashimotos syndrome and the list goes on.More women than men are affected by Hypothyroidism, pregnancy for example can cause a low functioning thyroid. That’s not to say that men cannot be Hypothyroid.
Maybe it’s just down to the average male being highly averse to visiting the doctor when they feel under the weather? Only going to see the Doc when either a limb is just about to fall off or the other reason being Erectile Dysfunction! Men often discover they are Hypothyroid only after getting Erectile Dysfunction problems and they may well just attribute the feelings of being unwell as a sign of getting older.Once a guy’s ‘little best friend’ doesn’t come out on parade then and only then is there a cause worthy enough to force them to darken the Doctors office door.
- Some of the other symptoms that are associated with being Hypothyroid;
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Pains
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Hair Loss
- Poor Tolerance to Cold Temperatures
Hypogonadism can be caused by Hypothyroidism. Prolactin production may increase with Low T4 amounts. Increasing TRH levels Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) Which increases TSH to increase T4 production. Raised Prolactin levels that are outside of the normal range can also cause Secondary Hypogonadism. Increasing levels of Prolactin can lower LH and FSH.
These are responsible for Testosterone levels and when LH and FSH and inhibited this can result in Low Testosterone.Once these Hormones are corrected, Normally through the use of Synthetic Thyroxine T4 supplementation for the Thyroid. Or to lower Prolactin levels Dopamine Agonist drugs like Cabergoline or Bromocriptine are used.Normal sexual function can be restored and the general feeling of being well can be addressed with using the correct supplement dosage.Please see the following articles below for more information. Which cover the issues of Hypothyroidism and Low Testosterone in Men.