Low Testosterone Symptoms
Low testosterone symptoms in men are manifested in many different ways. Before we take a look at such symptoms let's recap the function of testosterone in the body.
Testosterone is the most essential hormone that gives men their uniquely male features. Muscle mass, strength, pitch of the voice, facial hair and the general appearance of the body are all determined by testosterone.
Moreover, Libido (sexual desire) and sexual function are also controlled by testosterone as well as sperm production. Click here for more on what does testosterone do
Levels of this important hormone may vary from male to male. However, more-than-normal decreases that occur earlier than they should are signs of a condition called andropause, or male menopause.
This manifests itself through a number of different low testosterone symptoms which include:
- erectile dysfunction
- decreased sex drive
- tiredness and fatigue
- longer recovery times after exercise and other types of exertion
- loss of ability to concentrate
- lack of motivation
- mood swings
- reduced strength
- decreases in muscle mass
- reduced bone density
- negative outlook on life
Normal testosterone levels in adult males can range anywhere between 200 and 1200 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl).
The rate of normal decline in the level of testosterone is between 1-2% per year after the age of 30. This means that those males who are experiencing accelerated rates of decline are most likely suffering from symptoms of low testosterone.
Due to the broad range, determining whether an individual is experiencing symptoms of low testosterone levels is the job of a trained medical professional who will perform a blood test to determine the existing amount of testosterone and how severe (how far from average) the present testosterone levels are.
After the test is performed, the doctor will recommend proper methods of treatment.
Once a person is diagnosed as having symptoms of low testosterone there are several treatment methods available:
- testosterone replacement therapies (patches, injections or gels)
- lifestyle changes (more on this on our increase testosterone level naturally page)
- natural testosterone boosting supplements
Determining what method of treatment one should undertake should be decided after a consultation with a doctor who will advise on the best treatment given the overall evaluation of the degree of seriousness/intensity of symptoms present.
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