The Relationship Between Hypogonadism And Disease

The Relationship Between Hypogonadism And Disease

Low Testosterone & Illness

LAST UPDATED: November 2018.

Author: Ben graduated from university in 2005. He started lifting weights and taking supplements to support his rugby. Initial research unveiled that many supplements were ineffective and many nutrients and misunderstood.

This site was then established in 2015 to provide a free resource for people interested in their performance.

A deficiency in testosterone can affect anyone

Even the biggest and masculine of men can be hit with a reduction as soon as he reaches 30 years of age.

Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by both men and women, however, much more is produced by the testes in men than the ovaries in women.

Testosterone in men is probably most prominent and visible during puberty.

It is testosterone which increases the size of muscles, deepens the voice as well as being responsible for the size of the genitals.

However, it is not just muscle and genital size that testosterone is responsible for…

Muscle strength and bone strength is maintained by testosterone, as is libido, energy levels, fat levels and even mood.

If you are over 30 and constantly feel exhausted, a bit short tempered, you have lost a bit of lean muscle mass and in some cases suffer from joint aches, it is almost certainly a testosterone deficiency that you are experiencing.


A testosterone deficiency is sometimes referred to as hypogonadism, yet, it is not just age that can be responsible for this…

One of the symptoms of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction (I should know, having suffered from erectile dysfunction once a cycle of prohormones had finished which left me depleted), and this symptom can also be an indication of some serious diseases, such as the following:

  • Testicular cancer
  • Injury
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Conory artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Klinefelters syndrome

Like these diseases can cause hypogonadism, hypogonadism can also cause some of the above diseases.

For instance, hypogonadism can cause cardiovascular disease and about 25% of middle aged men with coronary disease will have low testosterone levels.


In fact, if you suffer from the following medical conditions you are likely to record up to 2.4 times lower levels of testosterone:

  • Obese
  • Diabetic
  • Hypertension


How to treat Hypogonadism

When low levels of testosterone are recorded, most go down the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) route, this can be an effective way to increase testosterone to a healthier level.
TRT can help improve such conditions experienced from hypogonadism such as:
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Increase bodyfat

However, TRT is not without risk.

Depending on your age, lifestyle and medical history or conditions it could increase a number of potential health problems such as:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver toxicity
  • Liver tumor
  • Sleep apnea
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Gynecomastia
  • Infertility
  • Skin disease


Alternative methods of increasing testosterone?

Therefore, there are many other ways that you can potentially maintain or increase testosterone levels, naturally and without the risks associated with therapy which uses synthetic testosterone.

Yes, your testosterone levels can be increased naturally by incorporating the following methods in your day-to-day life.


Yes, something as simple (is it really?) as nutrition can have a positive or even negative effect on your testosterone levels.

Eating foods such as red meats, corn, oysters, turkey, kidney beans, nuts, salmon, avocados, cranberries and even the humble Brussels sprouts can all contribute to increased testosterone levels.

However, eating fatty and un-nutritious junk food can contribute to lowering testosterone.


Exercise such as resistance training is excellent to stimulate testosterone secretion.

For the best results, ensure that you include compound exercises in to your exercise regime.

Compound exercises use more than one joint, therefore think about:

  • Deadlifts
  • Squats
  • Bench press
  • Shoulder press
  • Bent over row
  • Pull ups

It is these sort of exercises when used with heavy weight that secretes the most growth hormone.

On the other hand, too much cardiovascular exercise such as ultra long distance running or excessive cycling can lower testosterone levels.


In fact, it is not so much supplements but the ingredients found in supplements.

Anyone can bring out some pills and stick a label on a bottle saying they are a testosterone booster, however, if it is loaded with unproven ingredients, it is nothing more than a bottle of ineffective pills.

If you are looking for an effective testosterone booster, ensure that it includes the following and scientifically proven ingredients for maximum effect:

  • Fenugreek
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin K2
  • D-Aspartic Acid
  • Vitamin B6
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Oyster extract
  • Panax Ginseng
  • Creatine

If it includes these ingredients and in the appropriate doses, (D-Aspartic Acid requires over 2000mg daily to be effective) you are on to a good thing.

If it contains a number on ingredients whereby their ‘legend’ overrides actual proof such as:

  • Tribulus
  • Longjack
  • Horny Goat Weed
  • Maca
  • DHEA

If a supplement contains a list like this, it is best to avoid it, regardless of the spurious claims…these ingredients have not been proven to stimulate testosterone production.

All proven and effective natural testosterone boosters contain natural ingredients that are there to stimulate more testosterone production rather than load your body full of synthetic testosterone.

When your body produces more testosterone it does not suffer the same complications that can be caused by testosterone replacement therapy.

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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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