Your testosterone levels affect how your body feels, looks, and functions, and an imbalance can significantly impact your quality of life. Being aware of critical low testosterone signs can empower you to take quick action to reclaim your health and wellness as soon as possible.
What you should know:
- Low testosterone signs tend to manifest in a wide variety of forms.
- Often, men mistakenly assume that they’re simply experiencing the effects of aging when low testosterone is actually to blame.
- Low testosterone is highly treatable, and a proactive approach to your hormonal health can help you get back on track as quickly as possible.
Even though more men than ever are getting diagnosed and treated for low testosterone – a sign that education and awareness efforts are working – there’s still a long way to go.
The American Urological Association and the Endocrine Society recently published updated guidelines and best practices for low testosterone diagnosis and management, recognizing the need to reach more men. While medical texts are intentionally for health care professionals, these medical texts only reinforce how crucial it is for men to understand their personal hormonal health.
Why Is It So Important to Know the Signs of Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is an essential hormone that supports a multitude of functions in the male body, including those that are vital to physical, sexual, cognitive, and metabolic health. So, when your body is deficient in testosterone, it can affect virtually every aspect of your life.
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of low testosterone are easy to mistake for the side effects of simply “getting older” – and far too many men are suffering unnecessarily.
As you age, there is an expected decline in testosterone production. However, for many men, that natural decrease leads to a deficiency. And aside from age, there are many other causes of low testosterone (obesity, certain medications, specific health conditions, etc.). So, low testosterone is an issue that can affect men of any age, and all men should be informed about it.
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
There are several classic “red flags” for low testosterone and a variety of additional signs that can indicate that your levels are too low.
Common low testosterone signs:
- Low energy
- Decreased sex drive
- Problems getting or maintaining an erection
- Low sperm count
- Thinning hair
- Low bone density
- Mood swings
Additional low testosterone symptoms:
- Loss of muscle
- Increased body fat
- Changes in testes
- Problems with concentration, focus, or motivation
- Depression or anxiety
- Hot flashes
- Elevated levels of hemoglobin A1c
- Low trauma bone fracture(s)
What to Do if You Have Signs of low testosterone
If you have even a couple of the symptoms listed above, make it a priority to get your testosterone levels tested. It’s important to choose a healthcare professional specializing in hormone health to be sure that the proper tests and treatment options are available.
Testing your testosterone requires just a simple series of blood tests. Generally, the range for normal testosterone levels is 300 to 1,000 ng/dL. If your results come back below 300 ng/dL and you have low testosterone symptoms, you can be diagnosed with a testosterone deficiency.
How Should the Symptoms of Low Testosterone Be Treated?
Getting a diagnosis is the first step toward resolving the effects of a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) helps provide you with a tailored dosage of testosterone to supplement your body’s natural production to achieve healthy levels overall.
For men with low testosterone, the benefits of TRT can kick in incredibly quickly. You can look forward to more energy, an increased sex drive, improved sexual performance, better moods, and many more positive changes.
Being familiar with the common symptoms of low testosterone will help you know when to get your levels tested – and if you might be a candidate for TRT. The signs of testosterone deficiency can affect just about every area of your life, and many men think that the symptoms are just a normal part of getting older. However, low testosterone can be safely and effectively treated with testosterone therapy from the experts at Ehormones MD.
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