LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN

Testosterone is a hormone made by the body and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that also produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Many men may not realize their testosterone levels are low, as their symptoms may be slight, or they may not link their symptoms to the hormone.

 

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to get your testosterone levels checked.

INCREASED HAIR LOSS

Testosterone plays an important role in many body functions, including hair production. Hair loss in men and hormones are closely related. The relationship between testosterone and hair loss is due to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone. DHT can cause hair follicles to regress and die, resulting in premature balding.

DECREASED ENERGY

In addition to feeling severe fatigue, men with low testosterone often lose their drive and initiative. Despite getting plenty of sleep, men suffering from low testosterone often find it harder to get motivated to conquer daily activities.

CHANGES IN SLEEP PATTERNS

In some cases, low testosterone can cause insomnia or other sleep disturbances. Testosterone replacement therapy may help regulate negative sleep patterns, facilitating a more restful night’s sleep.

EMOTIONAL CHANGES (SUCH AS A DECREASE IN MOTIVATION OR SELF-CONFIDENCE; SOME MEN MAY EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION OR SADNESS)

Studies show that normal testosterone assists with mood stabilization, which can create a positive balance between professional and personal life.

REDUCED MUSCLE MASS AND STRENGTH

There is a comparative relationship between declining levels of testosterone and reduced muscle mass in men. Testosterone is vital to producing strong and healthy muscles. The hormone binds to receptors in the muscle cells, telling muscles to contract and grow. When the body does not have enough testosterone, it suffers from muscle loss because there is not enough of the hormone to bind to muscle cells.

TROUBLE CONCENTRATING

Testosterone replacement can help restore focus, creating a more productive you. Many men with low testosterone feel too tired to accomplish daily activities and often get off track easily.

DECREASED LIBIDO

Low testosterone plays a vital role in a man’s libido. As men age, most experience a decline in sex drive to varying degrees. Testosterone fuels a man’s sex drive.

INCREASED BODY FAT

Low testosterone often results not only in reduced muscle mass, but also in increased body fat.

IRRITABILITY

Low testosterone can cause men to become irritable. Sometimes the problem is more apparent to friends, family members and colleagues, than to the person suffering from low testosterone. “A guy might say he’s fine, but the people around him know otherwise,” according to Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, associate clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the author of Testosterone for Life.

DECREASED BONE DENSITY

Men with low testosterone can experience bone loss, or osteoporosis, because testosterone aids in the production and strengthening of bone. Men with low testosterone, especially older men who have had untreated low testosterone for years, are more susceptible to bone fractures.

SWOLLEN AND/OR BREAST TENDERNESS (GYNECOMASTIA)

The enlarged male breasts associated with gynecomastia are caused by a hormonal imbalance — specifically, the balance between testosterone and male estrogen.

MEMORY LOSS

Has memory loss started affecting your life on a daily basis? Studies indicate that low testosterone may be to blame.

Take the self test below to help you determine if your levels of hormones are below normal.

Testosterone quiz                              

Signs & Symptoms                                                                         NEVER                        ALWAYS

I’ve lost muscle tone......................................................................

My belly tends to get fat................................................................

My sexual performance is poorer than it used to be.................  

My hair is thinning.......................................................................                                                                     

I have trouble sleeping at night...................................................                                                   

I lack sexual desire........................................................................                                                                        

 

Results:

6 or less: Satisfactory level

Between 7 and 12: Possible Testosterone deficiency

13 or more: Probable Testosterone deficiency

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