The Difference Between High and Low Testosterone
Posted: December 19, 2014
Testosterone is widely referred to as the “male hormone.” Women’s ovaries also produce a small amount of testosterone, but the concentration is much higher in men, and testosterone is responsible for many of the characteristics typically associated with men: facial hair, deeper voice, increased muscle mass, and high energy levels.
A man’s testosterone production peaks at about age 20, holds relatively steady for a few years, and then slowly begins to decline around age 30. The decline is natural and gradual, at a rate of about 1 percent a year, and the effects are nearly imperceptible until they become compounded.
The number and severity of low testosterone symptoms can vary, but these are the most common:
Loss of muscle mass and strength
Feelings of malaise or depression
Inability to concentrate or think clearly
Decreased sexual desire or libido
In addition, many men report experiencing more of an “achy” feeling in the bones and joints, much like having the flu.
Until recently, many of the above symptoms have been classified as a “normal” part of aging, and doctors have been reluctant to look deeper. As a result, countless men have experienced a decline in performance, production, satisfaction, and quality of life in their later years. But men don’t have to live with these symptoms — nor should they.
So how can you be sure your body is operating at its best? Some physicians suggest checking your testosterone levels at least every five years, starting at age 35. If testosterone levels are deemed too low, or if a patient has enduring symptoms such as those described above, there are places to seek help, such as Low T Center.
Don’t wait. If you have concerns about your energy level, mood, or quality of life, make an appointment at Low T Center and get your numbers checked.
Disclaimer: This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Low T Center. You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.