Hypogonadism

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hypogonadism occurs when the bodys sex glands produce little or no hormones. Dr. Edward Hill discusses testosterone and its role in a males body in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypogonadism is a medical condition in which the body does not produce enough hormones. Men with hypogonadism have low levels of testosterone. Some men are born with hypogonadism, while others develop it later in life.

There are two basic types of male hypogonadism:

Primary hypogonadism: Low T due to a dysfunction or defect in the testes.

Secondary hypogonadism: Low T due to a dysfunction or defect in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, the parts of the brain that signal the testicles to produce testosterone.

Causes of hypogonadism in men can include:

Certain medications

Certain inflammatory diseases

Injury or infection involving the testicles

A genetic abnormality

Undescended or absent testicles

Iron overload

Cancer treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy

Toxic damage from alcohol or heavy metals

Congenital hormone disorders, and

Problems with pituitary gland function

Hormone-based medicines may be prescribed. Testosterone can be given as a skin patch, skin gel, a solution applied to the armpit, a tablet applied under the upper gum, or by injection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.