Testosterone hormone is produced by testicles in men. It is responsible for development of male sexual characters like physical strength, muscle mass, body shape, body hair, deep voice, sexual function etc. Erectile dysfunction occurs when testosterone level is reduced. But this is not the only cause for erectile dysfunction.
Causes for low testosterone levels:
Age: The testosterone level in blood start reducing as age advances .Usually it starts between 35 to 45 years of age. Irrespective of age the andropause in men sets in as the testosterone level starts dipping.
Injury to testicles: Testicles are prone to injury as they are suspended outside the abdomen. Injury to both testicles can reduce testosterone production
Infection of testicles: If mumps infection during adolescence or early adult hood involves testicles it may affect testosterone production
Cancer treatments: The treatments for cancers like chemotherapy or radiation therapy may temporarily cause reduction of testosterone levels. But some times it may become permanent.
Diseases : Chronic kidney related diseases, Cirrhosis of liver, Sarcoidosis, chronic illness etc can also cause low testosterone levels .
Medications: Corticosteroid medications and medicines used to treat prostate cancer can cause lowered testosterone level.
Apart from the above mentioned reasons alcoholism, stress, insufficient exercise, obesity and a poor diet which is not rich in nutrients can also cause lowered testosterone levels.
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