What Are Symptoms Of Low Testosterone In Men

Testosterone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal grands of both sexes and in the testes of men and ovaries of women. In men, Testosterone is responsible for maintenance of the male characteristics including muscle growth and the desire to have sex.

The amount of testosterone produced in the body typically decreases with age. According to research, approximately 2 out of 10 men above 60 years of age have low levels of testosterone.

Lack of testosterone

When testosterone decreases in a man’s body, he may exhibit a range of symptoms. Below are 9 major symptoms of low testosterone in men.

1. Low sexual drive.

Testosterone plays a core role in influencing libido in men. Although most men experience low sex drive as they age, low T drastically reduces the urge to have sex.

2. Difficulties in erection.

Testosterone is responsible for achievement and mentainance of an erection during sex. Although T alone cannot cause an erection, it influences the brain to produce nitric oxide which in turn triggers a series of chemical reaction necessary for an erection.

However, research recently showed that testosterone is only one among other factors that can cause erectile dysfunction.

Others include:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Alcohol and smoking
  •  Stress and depression
  • anxiety
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High levels of cholesterol in the body

3.Loss of hair

Testosterone also plays a core role in growth of hair in the body. Although baldness is a naturally inherited component, men with low levels may also experience less hair growth in the body and on the face too.

4. Low volume of semen.

Testosterone plays a major role in the production of semen which is the milky fluid produced during sex that aids in the motility of sperm. Men with low T levels will often notice a reduction in the volume of semen during ejaculation.

5. Reduced muscles.

One of the major role of T hormone is the building of muscles, therefore men with low levels of the hormone will notice a decrease in the mass of the muscles, not necessarily the strength.

6. Obesity

Men with low T levels often have increased body fat. They may also experience a condition known as Gynecomastia and sometime even have increased breast tissue. This is believed to be as a result of an imbalance between hormone Testosterone and Estrogen.

Obesity lowers testosterone

7. Fatigue.

Reportedly, most men with low T levels experience fatigue and extreme reduction in levels of body energy. Being tired and lack of exercise also results into low levels of Testosterone hormone.

8. Reduced bone mass.

Thinning of the bone mass (Osteoporosis) is often a condition associated with women. However, men with low levels of T hormone are at the risk of experiencing this condition.

Testosterone stimulates the production of the bone. Therefore, men with low T levels, mostly older men are susceptible to bone fractures due to weak bones.

9. Being moody.

Because Testosterone is core in influencing major physical processes in the body, it is therefore capable of influencing the mood and the mental capacity of a person.

Research has it that men with low T levels have a higher risk of facing stress that may result to depression and irritation.

Conclusion

In case you are experiencing any symptoms of low T levels, make an appointment with your doctor. A simple blood test can help diagnose low Testosterone levels. There are wide variety of drugs that can help you deal with the condition.

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