Signs of Low Testosterone in Men

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Signs of Low Testosterone in Men

The hormone, Testosterone, is most commonly associated with a man’s sex drive and sexual performance. But, testosterone also affects everything from a man’s physical appearance to his risk of serious disease. Testosterone aids in building muscles, regulates weight gain and body fat, influences hair growth or loss, and affects the risk of serious illness (such as heart disease or diabetes).  
 

Unfortunately, as men get older, their body begins to produce less and less testosterone – with a man’s hormone production declining about 1% every year after age 30.    
 
Fortunately, Lovejoy Hormone Clinic offers the most advanced, 100% bioidentical, clinically tested and approved “Low T” (testosterone) treatment through the form of bioidentical hormone replacement pellets or BHRT.

In this blog, we will discuss 8 of the most common signs and symptoms that you may suffer from Low T.  
 

Low T Sign #1: Low Energy 

Low testosterone levels are known to significantly decrease a man’s energy level. If you get winded easily, find yourself needing a midday nap, can’t work out like you used to, or are just too tired to enjoy the activities you once did, it is often a sign of Low Testosterone levels.  
 
According to the Article, Mayo Clinic Minute: Low testosterone levels can affect men, written by Jason Howland: “…as men age, their testosterone levels tend to drop, causing a long list of possible symptoms, including decreased energy and sexual function, weight gain and muscle loss. But exactly what level is considered low testosterone, commonly referred to as “low T,” depends on a lot of factors, including age. In general, Dr. Trost says a testosterone value of less than 300 nanograms per deciliter is considered below normal” (Mayo Clinic, Howland).  
 

Low T Sign #2: Less Muscle & More Fat 

Developing what is referred to as a “Dad Bod” is often the result of Low T. Clinical studies have proven that low testosterone leads to a loss of muscle mass. So, you may be working out the same amount but seeing fewer results if you have Low T. And, if it wasn’t bad enough, reduced testosterone can also result in fat being distributed around the belly and on the breasts.  
 
The Article, Testosterone and obesity, written by D M Kelly and T H Jones, published on the National Library of Medicine, explains the direct influence low testosterone has on increased obesity: “Testosterone is a key hormone in the pathology of metabolic diseases such as obesity. Low testosterone levels are associated with increased fat mass (particularly central adiposity) and reduced lean mass in males. These morphological features are linked to metabolic dysfunction, and testosterone deficiency is associated with energy imbalance, impaired glucose control, reduced insulin sensitivity and dyslipidemia” (Testosterone and obesity, Kelly & Jones).  
 

Low T Sign #3: Mood & Memory Changes 

The Article, On the effects of testosterone on brain behavioral functions, published by The National Library of Medicine and written by Peter Celec, Daniela Ostatnikova, and Július Hodosy, addresses the authors’ studies on how Low Testosterone levels has been proven to negatively impact the Brain through increased Anxiety, Depression, general cognition, and memory.   
 

Our patients have consistently agreed that Testosterone therapy positively impacted their mood, memory and overall mental capacity. According to clinical studies, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to experience irritability, difficulty focusing, memory problems, and depression.  
 

Recently, The Journal of the American Medical Association also published a report on a number of studies that linked improved memory, mood, and cognition with the treatment of optimizing Testosterone levels in both men and women.   
 
Low T Sign #4: Decreased Sex Drive 

A man’s sex drive – also called “libido” – is largely governed by his testosterone levels. Consequently, many men experience a lower sex drive as they get older and start to lose testosterone.  
 
The Article, Low Sex Drive: Common Causes and Treatment, written by Stacey Feintuch and medically reviewed by Dr. Daniel Murrell, low testosterone is diagnosed as one of the main factors causing decreased sex drive: “Testosterone is responsible for building muscles and bone mass, and for stimulating sperm production. Your testosterone levels also factor into your sex drive. Normal testosterone levels will vary. However, adult men are considered to have low testosterone, or low T, when their levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), according to guidelines from the American Urological Association (AUA). When your testosterone levels decrease, your desire for sex also decreases. Decreasing testosterone is a normal part of aging. However, a drastic drop in testosterone can lead to decreased libido” (Low Sex Drive: Common Causes and Treatment, Feintuch).   
 

The good news is that most men who are suffering from Low T can restore their libido with the safe, easy, natural and convenient low testosterone treatment offered at one of our LoveJoy Clinic locations.  
 

Low T Sign #5: Erectile Dysfunction (ED) 

Not only is a man’s sex drive stimulated by his hormones, but testosterone is also essential to achieving and maintain an erection. While testosterone alone is not solely responsible for erections, it does play a crucial role in activating the brain’s receptors that cause arousal.  
 
The Article, The Relationship Between Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction, written by Rachel Nall and medically reviewed by Dr. Matt Coward, investigates the correlation between low testosterone and erectile dysfunction: ”Testosterone plays a role in sexual desire and achieving and keeping an erection. But it’s not the only factor that goes into sexual activity. Your testosterone levels and their effect on your ED also seem to have a dose-dependent relationship. This means unless your testosterone levels are very low, you probably won’t see a lot of sexual changes related to low testosterone” (The Relationship Between Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction, Nall).   
 
Low T Sign #6: Smaller Penis or Testicle Size 

In the Article, Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, written by Ryan Wallace and medically reviewed by Dr. Roger Bielinski, Wallace describes how Male Gentelia is affected by low testosterone levels: “ The body requires testosterone to develop the penis and testicles, so low testosterone levels could contribute to a disproportionately smaller penis or testicles. Other conditions and circumstances can cause a smaller penis and testicles, as well” (Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, Wallace).   
 
Men with “Low T” often report that their testicle size has decreased over the years or believe they have smaller-than-average sized testicles. This makes sense, since both the penis and the testicles require testosterone to develop. Consequently, patients with lower testosterone levels may indeed have disproportionately smaller genitalia than “average men” with healthy levels of testosterone.  
 

Of course, other medical factors may be responsible for testicles that are smaller in size.  So, again, this is why you should never self-medicate, but instead see our experts for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  
 

Low T Sign #7: Broken Bones (Low Bone Density)  

Decreased bone mass is typically associated with women. But men with Low T are also at much greater risk for osteoporosis. If you have suffered a recent bone fracture, it may be a result of lower bone volume due to Low T, which left you more susceptible to bone fractures.  
 
In the Article, Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, written by Ryan Wallace and medically reviewed by Dr. Roger Bielinski, Wallace breaks down how Low Bone Density can be caused by low testosterone: “Osteoporosis is a condition that affects bone density. Testosterone helps produce and strengthen bone, so males with low testosterone, especially older men, may have lower bone volume and be more susceptible to bone fractures” (Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, Wallace).  
 

Low T Sign #8: Anemia 

Finally, men with low testosterone treatment are also at an increased risk of anemia. And anemia gives rise to a wide range of side-effects and symptoms, including: dizziness, rapid heart rate, leg cramping, shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, concentration problems, and more.  
 

The Journal of the American Medical Association, recently reported that men who suffer both from Low T and anemia saw sharp improvements after receiving low testosterone replacement therapy.  
 
In the Article, Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, written by Ryan Wallace and medically reviewed by Dr. Roger Bielinski, Wallace describes how Low Testosterone levels can cause low blood counts: “Low testosterone may increase your risk for anemia, according to a 2017 JAMA Internal Medicine study. When researchers administered testosterone gel to males with low testosterone and anemia, they saw improved blood counts compared to males who used a placebo. Blood counts also improved in males with known causes of anemia, like iron deficiency” (Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone, Wallace).  
 
Although other medical factors may be causing low blood counts, it is important to evaluate current testosterone levels to identify the main cause. We encourage everyone to have their blood levels checked to medically diagnose the issue before treatment.  
 

Low T Treatment – Phoenix AZ  

Because the decrease in a man’s testosterone occurs gradually over time – unlike the dramatic hormone changes of menopause – many men don’t realize that their health problems are due to low testosterone. From sexual performance to changes in appearance, to health problems and cognitive issues, testosterone affects almost every aspect of a man’s wellbeing.  
 
The good news is that Lovejoy Hormone Clinic offers the most advanced, 100% bioidentical, clinically tested and approved “Low T” (testosterone) treatment through the form of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Pellets. Take your first step to fix your symptoms by Booking a Consultation so we can discuss the process of becoming a patient at Lovejoy Clinic and begin your personalized treatment as soon as possible.  

Our initial consultations are FREE and it doesn’t hurt to become a little more educated on this subject and what we can do for you.

 

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Citations:   
Mayo Clinic Minute: Low testosterone levels can affect men – Mayo Clinic News Network  
Low Testosterone (Low T): Symptoms, Causes, and More (healthline.com) 

Can Low Testosterone Cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED)? (healthline.com) 

Common Causes of Low Libido and No Sex Drive in Men (healthline.com) 

On the effects of testosterone on brain behavioral functions – PMC (nih.gov) 

Testosterone and obesity – PubMed (nih.gov) 

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