Did you know that after the age of 35, your testosterone levels begin to drop about 2% a year? In fact, the most common cause of decreased testosterone levels are caused by aging as men go through andropause, though this certainly isn’t the only cause.
Many know about the common association with sexual dissatisfaction associated with low testosterone, but it can also result in many other health issues like mental cognition, loss of muscle retention, depressed mood, decreased energy levels and a higher risk of serious illnesses such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Read more on why testosterone is important to men’s health here.
Think you may have low testosterone? Here are a few signs and symptoms of low testosterone:
Decreased Sexual Function
Low testosterone doesn’t always interfere with sexual activity, but can lessen your libido or make it more difficult to get aroused.
Hair loss can have several causes, but the type that is related to testosterone levels is called androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary disorder characterized by thinning of scalp hair.
Testosterone helps your body make sperm, so when there’s a decrease in this hormone, the amount your body produces, or your sperm count, can also decrease. This obviously has an affect on your ability to fertilize an egg and thus father a child.
Decline of Mental Cognition
Decreased testosterone can affect your brain with issues such as mood swings, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
Loss of Muscle Retention
Did you know men actually lose more muscle mass and strength than women as they age? Low testosterone levels can cause you to lose muscle mass or make gaining muscle a greater challenge.
Depressed Mood and Energy Levels
It is well known that hormones can affect your mood (think of those hormone-laden teenagers), but lowered testosterone levels can create similar issues. Lack of motivation, depression, and lowered energy are all associated with testosterone loss.
Our Testosterone Replacement Therapy comes in many forms including topical applications, injectables, implanted pellets and other medications that affect hormone levels. Get more information and request a consultation here.