What are Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
You may not immediately recognize symptoms of low testosterone such as fatigue, weight gain, low libido and depression since they can be attributable to many other conditions. Some people may simply think it is normal to feel tired or have similar symptoms simply because of age, but this is not always the case. Testosterone levels naturally drop with age over time, and troublesome symptoms may also appear more gradually. This gradual appearance is one reason that low testosterone may sometimes go undiagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, they could be a result of low testosterone.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of low testosterone and is often the first sign of a problem. Some men might notice that they don’t have their usual level of energy for exercise. Everyone has periods when they become fatigued as a result of working too hard or not sleeping well, but if you have unexplained fatigue despite getting plenty of sleep, you should get your testosterone levels checked.
Low testosterone can cause a significant decline in libido. This is generally more dramatic than the decrease in sex drive that some men may experience as they get older, and it may be accompanied by erectile dysfunction. You may also notice that you are producing less semen than usual. A low libido is not an inevitable part of aging and should be explored as a possible indicator of low testosterone.
Low t may also lead to unexplained weight gain. Since testosterone is responsible for building muscles, weight gain is often accompanied by a loss of muscle mass and an increase in fat tissue. This commonly happens in the stomach and hips, but some men might also develop enlarged breast tissue as a result of low testosterone and a declining ratio of testosterone to estrogen in their body.
Mental or Emotional Difficulties
Many men with low testosterone struggle to focus or might find that they are having memory difficulties. Anxiety, depression or irritability can also be among the symptoms of low testosterone.
Other symptoms include hair loss, anemia and a decrease in bone mass.
Is it Dangerous To Have Low Testosterone?
The symptoms that result from low testosterone can cause additional health problems. For example, weight gain is linked to a number of health hazards, including a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. A decrease in bone mass can lead to brittle bones. Fatigue could result in the lack of energy for exercise, and a sedentary lifestyle can also lead to other health risks. The mental and emotional difficulties linked to low testosterone can also be detrimental to your overall health.
At Low T Center, we want to help. If you have been experiencing fatigue, a low sex drive, a loss of focus, depression or any other symptoms of low testosterone, make an online appointment with us today at your local Low T Center. We’ll start working with you to get to the bottom of your symptoms and to help you start feeling better as soon as possible.