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Low Testosterone In Men: 6 Symptoms That May Indicate You Have Low T

Low Testosterone In Men: 6 Symptoms That May Indicate You Have Low T

#swolefit | Nov 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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    Walter Hinchman

Testosterone is what makes you a man. It's a vital key hormone that plays an imperative role in the proper function and regulation of hormones, sex drive, appearance and muscular developement. Produced by the testicles and adrenal glands, testosterone controls your overall sense of well-being or lack their of. If you're experiencing some of the symptoms below, it may be due to low levels of testosterone. 

1. Reduced Sex Drive (Low Libido)

Testosterone is responsible for your sex drive, and one sign of low testosterone is losing it. Every man differs in when and how often he likes to have sex. But if you have low testosterone, then your sex drive is non-existent. If you’ve been sleeping on the couch for more than three consecutive days, because you’re not in the mood, save yourself and your sanity, get your testosterone levels checked. 

2. Difficulty with Erection

If you’re not in the mood, then you’re surely not getting it up. Erections are triggered by the body’s release of nitric oxide (NO). However, your body needs testosterone in order for the NO to be released. Without enough Testosterone in the body NO doesn’t release, and you’re left with a sad excuse of “this never happens." If you can't get it up, then it's surely a sign that you might have low testosterone. 

3. Chronic Fatigue 

Feeling exhausted or tired at the end of the day is completely normal. But if you’re consistently suffering from high levels of fatigue, then chances are you may be experiencing low levels of testosterone. When you’re highly fatigued, it can decrease your motivation, drive, and ambition. Severe fatigue can affect many aspects of your life and can cause serious detriment to your well-being. It can affect your mood, causing depression, anxiety, irritability, and make you feel, well, less of a man. Pun intended. The last thing you want your partner to deal with is being flaccid and grouchy. It’s embarrassing, and honestly won’t be tolerated. Shape up, guy! 

4. Hair Loss

Losing your hair is inevitable… for some of us. But if you were blessed with good genes and you’re losing your hair, it's a definite sign of low testosterone levels. Hormone and testosterone imbalance can lead to a greater decrease in hair loss and cause thinning due to squeezing hair follicles. If you can keep those hair follicles alive, then theoretically, hair growth can be restored. I’m not saying you’re going to look like the nubile 16-year-old boy with braces that you once were, but you’ll probably have more hair than you do now.

5. Increased Body Fat

Low testosterone levels are directly correlated with gaining more body fat. In a randomized, controlled trial, 100 male participants with a median age of 53 with low T were administered 1g of testosterone each day, for 10 weeks. The results showed that among obese men with low to low-normal testosterone submitted to a weight loss program, testosterone treatment decreased total fat mass and visceral adipose tissue, and protected against loss of total and appendicular lean mass. The potential mechanisms, by which testosterone leads to these findings was due androgen signals increasing lipolysis, which in turn creates increased motivational effects, reducing fatigue. 1 

6. Loss Of Muscle Mass

With a loss of testosterone, comes a loss of lean muscle mass. Added fatigue and increased visceral body fat are a deadly combination for a loss of lean muscle mass. Without adequate amounts of free-range testosterone, lean body mass will decrease due to lower androgen levels. 2 Testosterone helps your body achieve an anabolic, or muscle building state, by increasing protein synthesis. When Testosterone levels are low, your body can turn catabolic, increasing protein degradation and causing a loss of muscle mass. If you're consistently losing muscle mass, it could be a sign of low testosterone. 

The Takeaway

It’s evident that testosterone plays an imperative role in your overall health and well-being. Without efficient levels of testosterone, your sexual desire disappears, you lose muscle mass, you gain weight, you get irritable, and you can’t even satisfy your partner, causing added stress and emotional anxiety.

Normal testosterone levels range between 300-1000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl) and when you fall below 300 ng/dl, then you are considered to have low testosterone. 

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References 

  1. Ng Tang Fui, Mark et al. “Effects of Testosterone Treatment on Body Fat and Lean Mass in Obese Men on a Hypocaloric Diet: A Randomised Controlled Trial.” BMC Medicine14 (2016): 153. PMC. Web. 1 Nov. 2017.
  2. Grinspoon S, Corcoran C, Lee K, et al. Loss of lean body and muscle mass correlates with androgen levels in hypogonadal men with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and wasting. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1996;81(11):4051-8.

 

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