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Low Testosterone in Your 20s

Although it’s rare, it’s possible for young adult men to develop low testosterone in their 20s.

Low T becomes a more common problem as men get older, but, even if it occurs more frequently later in life, hypogonadism (the clinical term for low testosterone) usually has root causes and can be treated.

The symptoms of Low T are not facts of life that have to be accepted and endured.

Low T at 30 or Over Is More Common

Low testosterone at an early age may be a sign that something unusual is causing a hormone imbalance — especially in your 20s.

Research suggests that one out of four men over 30 have low testosterone levels, but more like one out of every 20 men have clinical symptoms linked to testosterone deficiency.

Experiencing symptoms of low testosterone at 40, or even Low T at 30, would not be considered all that unusual.

The Common Symptoms of Low T

The symptoms of Low T are often mistaken for the usual signs of getting older.

Some of the more common symptoms are the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Weight Problems
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Loss of Endurance
  • Depressed Mood
  • Muscle Weakness & Loss

(More information about the symptoms of low testosterone can be found here.)

These symptoms of low testosterone, often blamed on the body’s natural slow-down due to aging, would probably be considered out of the ordinary for someone in their 20s, in overall good health, and who keeps up a normal level of physical activity.

In fact, low testosterone in 20-year-old males doesn’t often occur without some outside influence. It’s often the result of some other event, like trauma, illness, or the effects of substance use.

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Low Testosterone in Your 20s — Trauma

Injury or physical damage to the testicles that prevents the testicles from functioning normally is one cause for Low T in younger males.

Primary testicular failure refers to damage resulting in the failure to produce sufficient testosterone to maintain a normal hormonal balance.

The causes of such damage could include injury, tumors, or other trauma affecting men’s testicles, such as inflammation that can occur during childhood mumps.

The term trauma could also refer to the side-effects of radiation or chemotherapy during cancer treatment.

Low Testosterone in Your 20s — Illness

Low testosterone in your 20s may be caused by a variety of illnesses, many of which are rather uncommon.

Some medical conditions that can result in an early occurrence of low testosterone are the following:

  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Hypothalamic disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Sickle cell disease

It’s plain to see that Low T due to illness is not usually something a lot of people experience out of the blue.

This list mostly contains conditions with serious physical signs and medical symptoms, and many would most likely have been diagnosed at a very young age.

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Low Testosterone in Your 20s — Lifestyle Choices

Low testosterone at an early age could be the result of some negative lifestyle choices, such as the following:

Substance use or overuse poses a number of health risks, including low testosterone.

We mention low testosterone in your 20s as a possible sign of substance use because it likely requires considerable amounts taken frequently to cause significant changes to testosterone levels, and this type of use or abuse is more frequent in young men than in older men.

In a previous article on alcohol and testosterone, we noted that men’s levels are usually only lowered slightly by light to moderate drinking.

So, Low T might be the result of more than light-to-moderate use of potentially harmful substances, meaning this is something you may be able to correct by making positive changes to what you put into your system.

Low Testosterone in Your 20s — A Possible Cause for Concern and Investigation

When we deal with hormones, it’s always complicated.

Low testosterone in your 20s can be the result of several factors happening in conjunction. The causes for abnormally low testosterone at a young age can combine and overlap, leaving no clear, single cause.

The main point is that Low T at such a young age is unusual, and it could indicate more serious and possibly harmful medical issues.

If you’re in your 20s and think you might be experiencing symptoms of Low T, get started by clicking the button below to take our Low T Symptoms Quiz.

Being professionally diagnosed for low testosterone in your 20s could be the first step in getting needed medical treatment, or it might help you identify some beneficial lifestyle changes you could start working on right away.

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(Bill) William J. White, PA-C

(Bill) William J. White, PA-C brings over 20 years of surgical experience to our practice. He is a decorated veteran of the United States Army where he served for nearly 6 years with duty assignments, both here and abroad.   During his military career, Bill was trained as a Certified Surgical Technologist, and following an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he attended Texas Tech University.   He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to attend PA School at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Neurosurgery.

1 Comment

  1. Phil Castellano on 05/21/2018 at 2:35 am

    Some us already experience those symptoms that were listed above, we just never make it a big deal and just take some vitamins or even just a water. We must always consult the doctor if we feel it frequently already. Most especially if we already reach the age of 30s. We should always think of our body first and foremost since it is the foundation of our everyday life.

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