Low testosterone and Autoimmunity

Autoimmunity can strike anywhere in the body. Multiple Sclerosis is autoimmunity of the lining of the immune system. Psoriasis is autoimmunity of the skin. Hashimoto’s is autoimmunity of the thyroid.

Autoimmunity can also affect the testicles. In this instance, the immune system will mount an assault on this tissue and break it down over time. This is a big problem. As the testes break down, the body’s ability to create testosterone will diminish. If this person is given hormone replacement, then their need for the therapy will grow over time. Clearly, this is not getting to the root of the problem.

In functional medicine, the practitioner will screen for autoimmunity of the testicles as one of the possible causes of low testosterone.

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