Low T Symptoms
Are You Suffering from Low T Symptoms?
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When you were young, you had an endless supply of manly testosterone coursing through your veins. You hammered away at a job all day, went to the gym in the evenings to work on your six-pack abs, and still had the stamina to keep your lover awake all night. Lately, though, you can hardly button your shirt around your belly and barely have enough energy to make it through the day. Sex does not interest you much anymore and, when it does, it is very unfulfilling. To make matters worse, you feel grumpy all the time, your concentration is shot, and you just do not sleep as well as you used to.
You may be struggling with low testosterone symptoms.
As you age, your body slows down its production of testosterone – about 1 percent a year after the age of 30, according to Mayo Clinic. In time, the overall level of testosterone in your bloodstream drops and eventually reaches sub-therapeutic levels. Decreases in hormone levels change the way your body functions, ultimately affecting the way you look and feel. The symptoms of declining hormone levels are obvious in women, who stop menstruating and suffer hot flashes. Symptoms of decreased hormone levels in men are less obvious but cause real discomfort and unhappiness to the men who suffer low testosterone levels, a condition sometimes known as “low T.”
Low T is a common problem. The National Library of Medicine says that about 5 million men have low testosterone. Some however have estimated 5x as many men have less than optimal testosterone. You can determine your testosterone level through a blood test. The normal range for testosterone in males is 300 to 1,200 ng/dl. Testosterone levels are naturally highest in the morning. A doctor can determine if your low testosterone levels and low T symptoms are due to a medical problem or to aging.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Your body produces testosterone in your testicles. Like other hormones, testosterone acts as a chemical messenger that tells some of your body cells what to do and when to do it. Testosterone helps maintain your libido, muscle strength and endurance, bone density, red blood cell production, and fat distribution. It does this by affecting cells in your brain, skin, bone and bone marrow, male sex organs, and muscles. Low testosterone levels causes changes in these areas resulting in predictable – and unpleasant – symptoms of low T.
Changes in sexual function
Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone – it gives men the visible signs of masculinity. As such, low testosterone levels result in a decline in your overall sexual function. You lose interest in sex, get erections less often, and have little endurance. You may develop erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence, which means you have trouble getting and maintaining erections. Hormone replacement therapy restores sex drive, improves the quality and frequency of erections, and increases endurance.
Decreased strength and endurance
Testosterone makes the cells inside a man’s muscle fibers larger and stronger than the cells in a woman’s muscle fibers. Declining testosterone levels cause smaller, weaker cells inside muscle fiber – this reduces overall muscle mass and strength. Your arms and legs become visibly thinner and you are weaker than you used to be. Smaller muscles mean you get tired more easily and have to rest more often.
Weight gain is another low T symptom. When you lose muscle mass, you gain body fat. One symptom of low T in men is a potbelly, or excess weight around the middle. Hormone replacement therapy including testosterone improves muscle strength, stamina, and vitality to men suffering symptoms of low testosterone.
Lack of energy
Low T can cause you to feel lackluster. In addition to affecting muscle mass, testosterone affects the production of the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the cells of the body. When testosterone levels drop, so does the production of red blood cells. Oxygen-hungry muscles and organs do not function well – you lose energy and feel out of breath.
There is a strong association between testosterone and sleep cycles. Testosterone levels fall throughout the day then rise as you sleep. Testosterone regulates your sleep patterns; when T levels become erratic, so do your sleep patterns. Fluctuations in testosterone levels can cause a vicious cycle with sleep patterns: low T interrupts sleep and interrupted sleep lowers testosterone levels.
Testosterone therapy restores sleep cycles in a way that gives the body a chance to replenish its own natural supply of the hormone. This form of hormone replacement therapy helps you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Testosterone works as a chemical messenger to cells in the brain, many of which relate to mood and aggression. When testosterone levels drop, the areas of the brain responsible for mood and assertiveness do not work as well as they used to. Consequently, you may feel sad, withdrawn, moody, and dissatisfied.
In addition to mood, testosterone works in those parts of the brain responsible for attention, memory, and spatial ability, which allows you to decide if an object will fit in a box, for example, or comb your hair while looking in a mirror. Testosterone affects also affects concentration and focus. As your testosterone levels drop, you may find it harder to think clearly and are more easily distracted than you used to be. You may lose interest sooner, be more forgetful, and have more difficulty
Testosterone therapy alleviates low T symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy can increase sex drive and produce erections more frequently, reduce unpleasant moods, boost energy, increase muscle mass and bone density, strengthen muscles and even restore fullness to your beard. Testosterone replacement therapy is available as implantable pellets, injections, gels, and patches.
The main goal of testosterone therapy is to reduce symptoms caused by lowered hormone levels. Contact a hormone replacement specialist to learn if testosterone therapy is right for you.