Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is predominantly known for fueling sex drive and muscle mass, but it’s also responsible for regulating fat distribution, bone strength, mood, and red blood cell production. Low levels of testosterone in men, often referred to as low T, can affect vital areas of male health, creating issues such as low libido, erectile disfunction, hair loss, and rapid weight gain. According to Medical News Today, on average, testosterone in men can range between 240 to 950 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).
Having a basic understanding of the different signs and symptoms of low T can help you ensure you receive proper treatment in its early stages, preventing serious health issues later in life.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Low T
Low Blood Count: According to the Journal of the American Medical Association low testosterone may be linked with an increased risk for anemia.
Loss of Memory: Further research from the Journal of the American Medical Association also links testosterone supplementation with improved memory in men with low T.
Decrease in Bone Mass: Testosterone contributes to the production and strengthening of bone; therefore, men with low T are more susceptible to bone fractures and can have lower bone volume.
Loss of Muscle Mass: Testosterone hormones are key in muscle development in men. Studies show that men with low T will experience a reduction in muscle mass.
Hair Loss: Though balding is a natural part of aging for most men, men with low T can experience a loss of body and facial hair.
Difficulty with Erection: Since testosterone impacts a man’s sex drive, it also helps in achieving and maintaining an erection. Low T can have a negative impact on your performance by making it difficult to produce an erection prior to sex or having spontaneous erections (e.g. during sleep).
Smaller Testicle Size: Low T can contribute to smaller than average testicles due to how testosterone contributes to the development of the testicles and penis.
Mood Changes: Men with low T are more likely to suffer from depression, irritability, or lack of focus.
Increase in Body Fat: When there is an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen in men, they can develop gynecomastia, which is the enlargement of the breast tissue.
Fatigue: Extreme fatigue and a decrease in energy levels despite getting adequate sleep can develop in men with low T.
Low Semen Volume: Since testosterone plays a critical role in the production of semen, men with low T may experience a decrease in the volume of their semen during ejaculation.
Low Sex Drive: Testosterone is a major component for libido in men; those experiencing low T will notice a sharp decline in their desire to have sex.
Treatment for Low Testosterone in the Twin Cities
If you’re experiencing any or a combination of the aforementioned symptoms of low T, contact EveresT Men’s Health to discuss your concerns and find the best treatment plan to help you achieve better health and wellness. At EveresT, you have the option of two comprehensive men’s health clinics located in Plymouth and Woodbury. Schedule a consultation today and receive a $50 testosterone check and body composition screen at your first appointment.