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Low T (as testosterone deficiency is commonly called) occurs when an adult male’s hormone levels fall below the normal range and symptoms are present. Some men can have below normal levels that are not inducing any symptoms; but for other men, having clinically low testosterone levels triggers a range of undesirable symptoms. In addition to that, having a testosterone deficit also poses a number of long-term health risks.
So the first step in eliminating this condition through medical treatment is to know how to recognize the most common low testosterone symptoms. While low hormone symptoms can sometimes be hard to pinpoint, see if any of these frequent signs of Low T sound familiar to you:
Men are often unaware that abnormally low testosterone levels can lead to emotional changes. These can include feeling more irritable; experiencing episodes of mild to moderate depression; and losing interest in socializing and hobbies. Testosterone deficiency can also cause an overall reduction in a man’s mental focus and cognitive function.
If you are always physically dragging, your testosterone levels could be to blame. One of the most common complaints shared by men with Low T is the reduced energy and chronic fatigue that limits their lifestyle. For some men, this can be further compounded by the interrupted sleep that having low testosterone levels will sometimes cause.
While most men accept that a progressive decline in libido is part of normal aging, a dramatic loss of interest in sex can be due to the development of low testosterone. Somewhat surprisingly, testosterone loss in women, who produce much lower amounts of this hormone to begin with, can also cause them to develop this same symptom.
Having low testosterone levels can inhibit the brain stimulation that is necessary for achieving firm erections. Yet other health issues can lead to erectile dysfunction, so it is critical to identify its cause. Since it is such a common symptom of testosterone deficiency, many physicians will start by testing the testosterone levels of a patient with erectile dysfunction first.
Similar to experiencing reductions in libido, most men expect to experience some hair loss as they age. However, men with testosterone deficiency will often notice hair loss on their face and body, as well as their scalps. One of testosterone’s many biological functions is the production of hair.
While researchers do not yet fully understand how testosterone regulates body fat, they have noted the relationship between Low T and body fat distribution. Men with low testosterone often accumulate fat around the abdomen and may also develop gynocomastia, which is the enlargement of male breast tissue.
Testosterone is known to have a strong influence on muscle development, which is why some bodybuilders and athletes use injectable testosterone illegally. If your former muscle tone and strength have been progressively diminishing, inadequate testosterone production could be the underlying cause.
This is one of the low testosterone symptoms that will often go undetected, causing men who have had a long-term testosterone deficiency to develop skeletal problems in later life. Many men don’t realize that they will become much more susceptible to bone fractures and conditions such as osteoporosis if their testosterone deficiency is not medically treated.
Research scientists at the New England Research Institute have predicted that by 2525, as many as 6.5 million men in the US between the ages of 30 and 79 could be experiencing low testosterone symptoms. This represents an increase of 38% in its incidence from the Y2K estimates, and it illustrates why it is essential for men to be able to recognize the onset of a testosterone deficiency.
If you have been experiencing one or more of these common symptoms of male hormone deficiency, you should seriously consider having your testosterone levels tested. The doctors at Nexel Medical provide this service to adult patients throughout the entire US.
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