Low testosterone (low t) is a depleted level of a pertinent male sex hormone that occurs naturally in the body. Testosterone production increases during puberty and starts to decrease after the age of 30. For each year past 30 years old, the level of testosterone in men starts to slowly dip at a rate of around 1 percent per/year. The decrease in testosterone level is natural and a result of the aging process.
As men age, the body often produces less and less of this hormone, causing an array of unpleasant side effects. These side effects can take a serious toll on your body. As males enter middle age they may notice changes caused by a relative decline in testosterone. For instance, many men experience warning signs like fewer erections, insomnia, fatigue, thinning skin, loss of muscle mass and strength, and more body fat.
Males not producing enough of the hormone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Simply put, testosterone is responsible for everything that makes you strong, healthy, and powerful. Without testosterone, you’ll be mentally, physically, and emotionally weak frail.
What are normal levels of testosterone?
The average level of testosterone in a healthy male is around 679 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). If you’re having symptoms of low testosterone — like low libido, fatigue, depression, erectile dysfunction, or difficulty concentrating, you should book an appointment to get your testosterone levels checked. If your testosterone levels come back low, and you experience symptoms of low testosterone, you may be a candidate for testosterone therapy.
When testosterone levels are back in the normal range, males can expect to feel many benefits in all aspects of life inluding:
- Much higher energy levels
- Decreased depression
- Reduction in body fat
- Gains in muscle mass
- Increased sex drive and sexual function
- Greater bone density
- Less risk for heart disease
- Clearer mind
- Increased sleep
What is Andropause?
Andropause, also known as male menopause, is the gradual decline in testosterone levels in middle-aged men. It’s often accompanied by physiological changes such as fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased sex drive. Males experiencing Andropause may have a number of symptoms related to the condition and could also be at risk of other serious health conditions without proper treatment.
What causes low t?
There are a number of things that can cause low t. The most common cause is age, but low t can be caused by several other factors including infection, diabetes, obesity, and other ailments. Lower levels of testosterone that are atypical of the normal aging process are due to other primary or secondary causes of hypogonadism. Hypogonadism in men happens when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone.
A few of the conditions that can lead to low testosterone are:
- Hormone disorders
- Medications (narcotic prescriptions, and treatments such as chemotherapy)
What are some symptoms of low t?
Some common low t symptoms include erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, tiredness, and many others.
- Excessively tired and easy fatigue with exercise
- Reduced sex drive
- Difficulties getting erections/erections that aren’t as strong as usual
- Fertility issues as the result of lowered sperm count
- Loss of bone mass
- Depression, and moodiness
- Decreased motivation
- Loss of body hair
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Weight and body fat increase
- Hot flashes
- Change in sleep patterns and decreased sleep
- Worse sleep apnea
- Mental fogginess. Additionally, mental and emotional symptoms are also commonly reported in men with low t
Other warning signs of low testosterone
A simple blood test can reveal whether you’re suffering from low t. However, there are definitely other warning signs that a problem exists.
- Numbness in genitals
- Low ejaculatory fluid level
- Trouble with orgasms
- Low self confidence
- Testicle shrinkage
Treatment options for low t include different forms of testosterone replacement therapy. To learn more about symptoms of low testosterone, or to get tested, please contact one of our medical professionals.
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