The first thing most men think when they hear about Low T is that their sex drive is fine, so Low T couldn't be the cause of other issues they may be having. While a low sex drive is one symptom of Low T you could be experiencing many other symptoms that are caused by a low testosterone level and not realize you have a testosterone problem.
Testosterone is a well-studied hormone, often related to muscular development and masculinity. Testosterone fuels the sex drive and adds muscle mass, and it also regulates moods and bone strength. If testosterone levels are below normal, a doctor may prescribe one of several types of treatments. However, there is debate about who needs to be treated.
Testosterone levels decrease as males' age. Sometimes this lower level of testosterone is termed "andropause" or "male menopause" because for some men symptoms of irritable moods, decreased interest in sex, and hot flashes may develop. But for many men, decreasing levels of testosterone doesn't cause any of the above symptoms or problems.
In some men, low testosterone levels can cause changes that are noticeable or visible. These changes include less muscle mass (thinner muscles), loss of body hair, smaller testicles, softer testicles, and larger breasts.
Although osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) is usually thought of as occurring mainly in women, the disease in men is commonly caused by low testosterone. Low testosterone levels can cause bones to thin, weaken, and become more likely to fracture.
Low testosterone doesn't always interfere with sex, but it is possible. Some men with low testosterone may experience a drop in libido while others lose interest in sex completely. Low testosterone levels can make sex more difficult because it may be tougher to get or keep an erection.
Some of the changes that may occur with low testosterone are nonspecific symptoms such as easy irritability, mood changes, poor concentration, and feeling fatigued or having less energy. However, these nonspecific symptoms can be caused by other health problems such as anemia, sleep apnea, depression, or other chronic illnesses.
Although increased age is the most common cause of decreased testosterone levels in men, there can be other causes. Other common causes include:
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