Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Madhavi Ghare Feb 28, 2019
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Testosterone is an important hormone for men, which aids in the development of the testis and penis. Low levels of this hormone can adversely affect a man's physical and mental health.
Testosterone is defined as 'a potent androgenic hormone produced chiefly by the testes and is responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics'. Very small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands.
Normally, the level of testosterone in the blood should be between 350 - 1230 nanograms per deciliter. The production of this hormone begins once you enter puberty, and round about your late 30s the production begins to drop by 1% every year.
During puberty, this hormone helps in putting hair on a man's chest, deepening his voice, building muscles, and increasing the size of his penis and testes. It is considered to be the primary force behind a man's sex drive.
In adulthood, it assists in keeping the muscles and bones strong. Even a man's aggressive behavior is attributed to this hormone. The following transitions shed light on the various symptoms of low testosterone levels in a man's body.

Observed Symptoms

The following indicants are easily identifiable:
☛ The symptoms of low sex drive and impotence are the most identifiable indicants. It is normal for the male sex drive to decrease with age. In a normal male, the sexual frequency averages between 3 - 4 times a week in his twenties, which then declines to once a week in his fifties and further reduces to 1 - 2 times a month in the seventies.
☛ If you have suddenly noticed that you are losing a lot of lean muscle count, then it is suggested to check your testosterone levels. Under normal circumstances, a man with a sedentary lifestyle tends to lose about 10% of his lean muscles every 10 years.
☛ Another symptom observed is increase in body fat. Some tend to put more weight in trunk region, and a few others may develop gynecomastic or man breasts.

☛ The person may also be impacted by other health conditions, such as increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, bone fractures, thyroid issues, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.
☛ The other symptom noticed is fatigue. If you constantly feel tired and worn out and doing a physical activity takes longer than before, you may be suffering from low testosterone levels.

☛ You may also feel very depressed, irritable, and may suffer from sleep disorders.
If you observe any of the earlier-mentioned indicants, then do not delay in seeing a sex specialist. The doctor usually suggests a specific blood test to determine the levels of this hormone.
There are several treatment options available to curb this condition, therefore, do not worry much and be assured of the fact that everything will be alright at the earliest. Take care!
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.