Why Low-T Matters

Low-T

Anabolic hormones such as testosterone are made naturally within the body. Testosterone is mainly produced within the testicles of men. As most men know when they reach puberty, the effects of testosterone on a man’s appearance and sexual development are profound. In addition to stimulating sperm production, testosterone is crucial for building muscle and bone mass. It is common for testosterone production to decrease as men age, and 20% have a low testosterone level. By the time they reach their 70s or 80s, 3 out of 10 men have symptoms of low testosterone, or Low-T.

Men, unlike women, experience a more gradual drop in testosterone levels as they age. When testosterone decreases more than it should, men may experience a range of symptoms. According to the FDA, a normal testosterone range is 300 to 1,000 ng/dL. Blood tests are used to measure levels of circulating testosterone.

The signs of low T are often subtle. Here’s what low testosterone looks like.

Low sex drive:

Testosterone is essential for a strong libido in men. Some men may experience a decline in sex drive as they age. However, someone with low T will likely experience an even more drastic drop in their desire to have sex.

Low Semen:

The testosterone hormone is important in regulating semen production and motility. A man with low T will often notice a decrease in semen volume during ejaculation.

Difficult achieving erection:

The hormone testosterone increases a man’s libido, but it also helps men attain and maintain an erection. An erection is not caused by testosterone alone, but the hormone triggers the production of nitric oxide in the brain. The molecule nitric oxide triggers a series of chemical reactions that lead to an erection. It may be hard for a man to obtain an erection prior to sex or to have regular erections, like during sleep when low T is involved.

More body fat

Men with low T may also gain body fat. Occasionally, they develop gynecomastia, or enlarged breast tissue. The cause of this effect is believed to be an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen in men.

Hair loss

The hormone testosterone is involved in several body functions, including hair production. For many men, baldness is a natural part of aging. Hair loss may be caused not only by a genetic component, but also by low T levels.

Fatigue

Men with low T often experience extreme fatigue and low energy levels. If you feel tired all the time, even after getting enough sleep, or if you find it difficult to exercise, you may have low T.

Loss of muscle mass

The decline in muscle mass in men with low testosterone might be attributed to the fact that testosterone plays a role in tissue development. Testosterone is proven to affect muscle mass, but not strength or function.

Decreased bone mass

Bone thinning, or osteoporosis, is a condition common among women. Bone loss can also occur in men with low T. Testosterone helps produce and strengthen bone. Therefore, older men, especially those with low T, tend to have lower bone volume and are more likely to suffer fractures.

Mood changes

Mood changes can occur in men with low T. Testosterone influences many physical processes in the body, including mood and mental capacity. It has been shown by research that men who have low T are more likely to be depressed, irritable, or lack focus.

Poor memory

During aging, testosterone levels and cognitive functions – particularly memory – decline. Doctors have theorized that lower testosterone levels may contribute to memory problems.

Some smaller research studies have linked testosterone supplementation with improved memory in men with low testosterone levels, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Smaller testicles

A low testosterone level in the body can result in smaller-than-average testicles. Low testosterone levels could cause disproportionately smaller testicles or penis compared to someone with normal levels of testosterone.

Abnormal blood counts

Doctors have linked low testosterone with an increased risk for anemia. Scientists noticed improved blood count in anemic men who also had low testosterone when they administered testosterone gel placebo gel. The following symptoms are related to anemia are problems concentrating, dizziness, leg cramping, problems sleeping, and an abnormally rapid heart rate.

At menopause, men experience a more gradual decrease of testosterone levels as opposed to women, who experience a rapid drop in hormone levels. The older a man is, the more likely he is to have low testosterone levels.

Men with testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL may experience some degree of low T symptoms. The experts at Dynamic Health Solutions will perform a blood test and recommend treatment for your low T, restoring your virality and self-confidence.  You don’t have to live with feeling less than yourself. Schedule your consultation with DHS today. They can discuss the potential benefits and risks of testosterone medication, and eliminate your low T symptoms forever.

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