Low testosterone (low-T) affects a man’s drive, muscle mass, appearance and interest in sex. Men kid each other about the possibility of a testosterone imbalance, but the consequences of low-T are serious. Low testosterone increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Here’s how to know if you should talk to your healthcare professional.
1. Low Sex Drive
Testosterone production peaks for most men in their late teens and continues at high levels through their early twenties. When you were that age, you might have felt like you were almost constantly interested in sex. It’s normal for men to experience a drop in interest as they get older, but if you feel there’s a huge difference, it might indicate low testosterone.
2. Erection Difficulties
Testosterone stimulates your brain to produce nitric oxide, the molecule that triggers an erection. If you have trouble reaching erection before sex or no longer have erections when you sleep, low-T might be the culprit. Testosterone is also instrumental in semen development, so you may notice reduced volume from ejaculation when you do have intercourse.
Men with low testosterone are often frustrated with their lack of energy. If you’re getting enough sleep and you still feel fatigued day after day, or if it takes more of an effort to exercise regularly, correcting a testosterone imbalance might restore energy to its earlier levels.
4. Reduced Drive
When you were younger, you actively sought out challenges and experienced a thrill when you conquered them. Now, you might feel like you’re grateful if you can just make it through the day. Low T can make men feel like it’s increasingly hard to get motivated.
5. Decreasing Muscle Mass
Testosterone impacts muscle mass, so men might feel that while they’re still working out at the same intensity, they’re not seeing the same gains.
6. Higher Body Fat
When testosterone and estrogen levels get out of balance, some men see enlarged breast tissue and deposits of body fat. Diet and exercise don’t seem to have the same impact they did at an earlier age.
7. Mood Swings
If your sex drive falls, your muscles deflate, your drive evaporates, and you have fatty deposits on your chest, it’s understandable why you might have mood swings. Testosterone manages processes throughout the body. Men with low testosterone sometimes report depression, feelings of frustration and a hard time staying focused.
If you’re experiencing the above symptoms, talk to your healthcare professional. Dr. Mark Neumann can help you achieve hormonal balance to restore what you’ve lost. Schedule your evaluation today.