Find out about low testosterone and how it can affect the body
Do you, or someone you know, suffer from low testosterone?
Low testosterone is underproduction or lack of production of testosterone.
Testosterone is a hormone required for male development and sexual function and is produced primarily in the testicles. It is responsible for building muscle and bone mass as well as sperm production and sex drive. It influences male pattern fat distribution, bone density, and red blood cell production.
It's natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, but sometimes levels too low can cause symptoms ranging from low stamina and sex drive to depression.
Signs of a testosterone deficiency
Hair: Men with low testosterone can have a reduction of hair or exhibit “balding”. Testosterone plays a role in several body functions, including hair production. Balding is a natural part of aging for many men. However, men with a testosterone deficiency may experience a loss of body hair, facial hair, and a thinning of the hair on the top of their head.
Brain: Men with low testosterone levels can experience many emotional and mental changes. These can include but are not limited to mood variations, inability to concentrate, failing memory, fatigue, lack of energy, change in sleep patterns. Men with a testosterone deficiency have reported extreme fatigue and a noticeable decrease in energy levels. They also report feeling tired all the time despite getting plenty of rest and find it harder to get motivated. They experience mood changes, ranging from irritability to indifference to mild depression. Low testosterone can impact a man’s ability to think clearly and concentrate as well as reduce the quality of his sleep.
Heart: Low testosterone levels in men have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. Studies show that testosterone exhibits a number of potential cardio-protective actions. Testosterone deficiency in men can contribute to increased risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), coronary heart disease (CHD), atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and other cardiovascular risk factors. (PMID: 15901202)
Fat and weight gain: Men with low testosterone experience increased body fat, especially at the abdomen and/or weight gain. Men with a testosterone deficiency may also experience increased in BMI due to increased body fat. Research indicates that testosterone can control how your body stores fat and low testosterone can increase the amount of fat stored in the body.
Libido: There tends to be reduced sexual interest and function in men with low testosterone. Men differ in how frequently they like to have sex. For men with a testosterone deficiency, sexual interest can be completely absent and there may be an associated inability to perform.
Muscles: Men who have low testosterone can experience a loss of muscle mass and tone as well as feeling a reduction in strength and stamina. Testosterone plays a role in the building and strengthening of muscle. So with less or low testosterone, there may be a noticeable decrease in both muscle mass and strength. It may also be difficult to build or rebuild muscle through weight training due to a low amount of testosterone in the body.
Bone: Men with low testosterone are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. The thinning of bone mass (osteoporosis) is often thought of as a condition that women experience. However, men with a testosterone deficiency may experience bone loss because testosterone aids in the production and strengthening of bone. Men with low testosterone — especially older men who have had low testosterone for years — are more susceptible to bone fractures.
What can cause low testosterone?
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer
- Medications like Corticosteroids (sometimes called glucocorticoids), statin drugs and/or opioids
- Inflammation in the body
- Alcohol and/or alcoholism
- Taking anabolic steroids
- Hormonal conditions
- Chronic medical conditions like diabetes, liver or kidney disease
How do I find out if I have a testosterone deficiency?
With a simple blood test.
You could know in a matter of days and begin a natural treatment plan to reverse the effects of a testosterone deficiency and/or maintain healthy levels of testosterone. If you think you or someone you know may suffer from low testosterone, we can help! Many of causes of low testosterone can be remedied naturally, with out drugs or surgery.
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