Testosterone is a hormone frequently called a “sex hormone,” because it plays a major role in sexual development and function. But that’s not all it does. Like most of the body’s chemical messengers, it also helps promote overall health and well-being in various ways.
When your levels drop low, the case in about 2% of men over age 60, you can experience a range of symptoms that will diminish with proper diagnosis and treatment. To determine whether you might benefit from treatment for low testosterone levels, contact Foye MD and Spa.
Here are nine signs that you could be suffering from low testosterone.
Most everyone experiences fatigue on occasion. When your testosterone levels dip below 300 nanograms per deciliter, you might feel as though you can’t shake the exhaustion. Fatigue may start and linger for no apparent reason, even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Low sex drive
Some amount of reduced libido with age is also pretty common, but a significant drop may derive from low testosterone levels. Your interest and desire for sex, both physically and emotionally, can reduce to the point that it impacts your intimate relationships.
Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection is another possible sign of low testosterone, and one that can lower your libido even more. Low T can make nocturnal erections less frequent or absent, as well as erections once the rest of you feels aroused for sex.
Low semen volume
When you do experience erections and ejaculate during sex, low testosterone levels can lead to a lesser amount of semen. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can be a sign of the condition to mention to your doctor.
Testosterone also plays a role in hair growth. Although balding can occur naturally as part of the aging process, low T can cause more significant hair loss on the body, head, and face. You may even develop bald spots.
Reduced muscle mass
Even if you work out consistently, you can experience reduced muscle mass due to low testosterone levels. The condition doesn’t seem to affect muscle function or strength, however, so this is something you might notice when looking in the mirror or wearing fitted clothes.
Increased body fat
While your muscle size decreases, your body fat can move in the opposite direction when low T is at play. Excess belly fat, in particular, can stem from low testosterone levels. This fat form is a particularly risky one, linked with conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Reduced bone mass
The thinning of bone mass, medically known as osteoporosis, can put you at risk for fractures. And low testosterone levels can be the cause. This is because of testosterone’s role in both producing and strengthening bones.
Low testosterone can impact your emotional health as well, bringing about depressed moods, a lack of focus, and irritability. While some of this stems from the fact that the hormone influences mental capacity and moods, these symptoms can also occur as byproducts of other symptoms of low T, which can be difficult to live with.
To get support for your own testosterone issues, please reach out to us. Our team at Foye MD and Spa would love to help you get back to more vibrant living. Call or contact us online to schedule a private consultation.