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Symptoms Of Low T

What Symptoms Indicate Low Testosterone in The Body?

While testosterone is inherently considered to be a male sex hormone, minimal amounts of it are also found in women. This hormone helps in bone and muscle development, sperm production, hair growth, deepening of the voice and other characteristics that relate to appearance. Although it is a natural phenomenon for testosterone levels to plummet as one gets older, the AUA (American Urology Association) indicates that anything below 300ng of the hormone per deciliter of blood is a red flag that the hormone levels are low. While the only way to confirm the testosterone level is through a blood test, several symptoms point to the deficiency of this hormone in your body.

1. Reduced Sex Drive

Low testosterone levels lead to a drastic reduction in desire for sex. Men are bound to experience diminishing sex drive as they get older, but if the cause is low testosterone, the loss in sexual appetite is imminent.

2. Problems with Erections (Commonly Known as Erectile Disfunction / ED)

Testosterone is also vested with the role of stimulating the penile tissues to secrete nitric oxide that initiates several reactions that cause an erection. Reduced levels of this hormone can cause difficulties in getting or maintaining an erection. However, other factors may also lead to erectile dysfunction such as smoking, stress, high cholesterol, thyroid related and issues and high blood pressure among others.

3. Shrinking Testicles

Reduction in testosterone levels can also cause shrinking of the testes.

4. A decrease in bone density

One of the functions of the testosterone is in the growth and development of bone tissue. If the body has low levels of this hormone, it may lead to reduced bone tissue volume making them fragile and susceptible to fractures.

5. Change in sleeping patterns

Men with reduced testosterone may experience sleep pattern disturbances. Some may even have a severe disorder known as sleep apnea which curtails normal breathing, thus disrupting sleep.

6. High levels of body fat

High levels of body fat may be a sign of low testosterone.

7. Reduced semen volume

Low testosterone can also inhibit seminal fluid production. Semen is the milky substance that propels the sperms toward they egg. Low semen volume may, in turn, lead to infertility.

8. Loss of energy and chronic fatigue

Feeling unusually tired even after resting for a considerable amount of time or showing lack of vigor in exercise or movement may be a sign of low testosterone.

9. Mood swings

Since testosterone is responsible for many bodily functions, low levels of this hormone may cause shifts in moods, as well as lack of focus, depression, and irritability.

10. Reduced muscle mass

Since the hormone is an integral part of muscles growth, diminishing testosterone levels may cause deterioration of the muscle tissues. Some may even fail to regain muscles even after rigorous weight training.