Testosterone is found in both men and women, but for men, low testosterone levels can cause serious, life-disrupting symptoms. In today’s entry, we’ll cover a few of the most common symptoms of low testosterone and explain how testosterone replacement therapy could help you recover.
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Symptoms of Low Testosterone
While the following list is not exhaustive, these are the main symptoms of low testosterone that men experience. It’s important to keep in mind that even if your symptoms are not being caused by low testosterone, you should always schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss alternative explanations and treatment options.
- Muscle mass loss: Testosterone plays a key role in muscle development and maintenance. While most men will lose some muscle as they age, a significant muscle mass decrease is one of the most common indicators of low testosterone.
- Sexual dysfunction: If you struggle to maintain an erection, or if your sex drive isn’t what it used to be, then you should get evaluated for low testosterone. Sexual dysfunction can be difficult to bring up, but it’s always important to share this information with your primary care physician.
- Difficulty sleeping: Men with low testosterone levels often find it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Many cases of testosterone-related sleep problems are also related to sleep apnea, which may require a sleep study to diagnose.
- Decreased energy levels: Have you noticed a significant decrease in your energy levels? If you struggle with daytime fatigue and don’t have the energy to enjoy the things you used to love, your testosterone levels could be to blame.
- Body fat increase: While your metabolism will inevitably slow as you age, a sudden and unexplained increase in your body fat is cause for concern. If your diet hasn’t changed but you’ve noticed more around the middle, low testosterone levels could be causing your body to store more fat.
- Mental health problems: Are you feeling demotivated, anxious, or depressed? While mental health problems can be caused by a number of different lifestyle factors, low testosterone is a common cause of mental health problems in men. If you’re not feeling like yourself, then schedule an appointment and we’ll help you find a solution.
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