What Are the Symptoms Of Low Testosterone And How To Address It

Today, there is an increased awareness about the low testosterone condition. You can read it in newspapers, men’s magazines and even hear it in TV shows. Because we hear it ever quite so often, the fear of falling victim to it has been instilled in us.

Are you worried that you might be suffering from low testosterone? Are you wondering what are the symptoms of low testosterone? Or if you are indeed suffering from this condition, are you looking for ways on how you can address it?

Well, I am here to answer all your questions, give you peace of mind and explain to you what are the symptoms of low testosterone and what you can do about them. So let’s get started!

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Why Do Testosterone Levels Decline?

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Testosterone is a hormone that is mainly produced by males. Since it is the one responsible for the sex drive and sperm production of a man, it can greatly affect how they look as well as their sexual development.

The production of this hormone is reduced as men age, and that’s why many older guys are prone to having low testosterone levels. In fact, the American Urological Association stated that about 2 to 10 men age 60 years old and above suffer from this condition.

In addition to old age, other causes of low testosterone are testicular cancer, HIV/AIDS, infection, liver disease, kidney disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

What Are The Symptoms Of Low Testosterone?

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Normal testosterone values range from 300 nanograms per deciliter to 800 nanograms per deciliter. If it falls below the lower range, men can experience a wide array of symptoms if their testosterone is too low. Here are some of them:

  • Hair Loss

Testosterone is responsible for hair production too. Because of this, you can expect hair loss (or even balding!) when you have low testosterone levels.

  • Low Sex Drive

As mentioned above, the big T is the hormone that fuels the sex drive of a man. If he has low testosterone levels, it is more likely that he will not be interested in sex or any other sexually related activities.

It is true that the frequency of sexual urges may vary from one man to another but in males with low testosterone, the desire to have sex may be too low or even, absent.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

Have you ever wondered why many older guys are suffering from this embarrassing condition? Well, that’s because of low testosterone levels. Yes, it is true that erections are brought about by the release of nitric oxide to the penis. However, its release will only be triggered when there is enough amount of testosterone present in the body.

If the testosterone is too low, there might be little to no erection. It’s either you can’t get any erection at all, or the penis will not be firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

  • Decreased Muscle Mass

Aside from sexual development, Testosterone is responsible for muscle development too. Considering that, low testosterone may lead to loss of muscle mass. But please keep in mind that we are talking only about the mass, the inadequacy of big T will not have an effect on the function or strength of the muscles.

  • Low Sperm Count

There are three parts of a man’s body that are utilized to produce the semen. It is the seminal vesicles, prostate, and testicles. To produce the normal volume of semen, all of these three parts would need enough amount of testosterone.

Because of this, you can expect to have low semen volume if you have waning testosterone levels. As a result, it will be difficult for you to impregnate someone.

  • Thinning Of Bone Mass

Another function of testosterone is bone production and strengthening. That’s why men with low T can be at risk of osteoporosis, which is a bone condition that is most common in women. They can also experience bone loss and will be at risk of bone fractures and injuries.

  • Fatigue

Yes, we all feel quite tired at the end of the day, but the level of fatigue is different for men with low T. Even if they have gotten enough sleep or they haven’t done too much the entire day, they still feel depleted. They also feel more tired than they used to.

  • Increased Body Fat

As the muscle mass goes down, the amount of body fats goes up. This is quite noticeable for men with low T because the fat increase can mostly be seen in the chest area, making them look as if they have boobs. This is a condition called gynecomastia and is associated with the imbalance between the levels of estrogen and testosterone in men.

How To Address Low Testosterone?

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If you are suffering from symptoms of low testosterone mentioned above, it is a must that you visit a doctor right away. There are plenty of treatments available for this condition.

If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, you may be given gonadotropin injections. Gonadotropin is a type of hormone that will signal the body to produce more testosterone and may also increase sperm count.

A relatively new treatment is implantable testosterone pellets which are injected under the skin of the butt and will release testosterone to the body for about 3 to 4 months. Other treatments include nasal gels and injections.

Conclusion

It is normal for guys to make jokes about low testosterone but do not be fooled, this condition is not a laughing matter. Having low testosterone levels can have a negative effect on your health, sex drive and many increase your chances of developing certain diseases. If you are feeling the symptoms mentioned above, it is best that you visit your doctor right away!

Low testosterone is common for older guys but it can happen to younger males too. You can check out Nexel Medical for more information.

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Emily Brathen
 

Hi there! I'm Emily Brathen. I am a fitness and yoga instructor and a mom of one. Despite my hectic schedule, I still find time for doing the thing I love most - fitness and yoga. I love doing and teaching fitness and yoga because in my own little way, I am able to encourage people to take health and fitness back into their own hands.

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