Could You Be Suffering From Low Testosterone?
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Charleston Men’s Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the best male-centric care in the Charleston area. Our clinic is designed for men to feel comfortable and all of our doctors exercise the utmost discretion in their treatment. Too often, men feel awkward or embarrassed talking about personal health issues and we feel that that is not acceptable anymore. Men have a specific set of health issues that can affect them as they age and, in our opinion, it is important to have a place to go in order to receive treatment for these issues. One issue in particular, low testosterone, affects millions of American men each year. In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the warning signs that indicate you may be suffering from low testosterone and what you can do to combat these effects.
Don’t let Low Testosterone Get You Down
Testosterone is a hormone naturally produced in the human body. Testosterone is more prevalent in men and affects the physical traits of a man and sexual development. As men age, their testosterone production tends to decrease, however, in some cases in ca decrease too much causing unwanted side effects. Below, we have listed a few symptoms that are indicative of low testosterone.
- Low Sex Drive: Testosterone is one of the most important hormones when it comes to male sex drive. IF you have noticed that your libido has dropped off significantly over a short period of time and can’t really understand why, you could be suffering from low levels of testosterone. While a decline in sex drive as you age is normal for most men, a sudden decrease can be indicative of a larger issue.
- Difficulty With Erection: Testosterone not only plays a part in a man’s sex drive but is also a key component to achieving and maintaining an erection. It should be noted that testosterone in and of itself does not cause a male to have an erection, however, it is responsible for stimulating the receptors in the brain that produce nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a molecule that helps to trigger a series of chemical reactions that are necessary in order to achieve an erection and, if testosterone levels are too low, these receptors will not be stimulated properly.
- Hair Loss: In the human body, testosterone also plays a role in hair production. While balding is a natural part of aging for many men, low testosterone levels can have an additional effect on the loss of hair, especially body and facial hair. If you’ve noticed that you’re losing a lot of your hair, even hair that isn’t on your head, low testosterone could be the culprit.
- Fatigue: While it is totally normal to experience fatigue, if you are experiencing a near constant level of tiredness, low testosterone levels could be the culprit. Additionally, if you are finding it harder to get motivated to exercise or you feel generally apathetic about physical activity, talk to the experts at Charleston Men’s Health Clinic.
- Loss of Muscle Mass: Again, while aging causes some loss of muscle mass, excessive or rapid loss of muscle mass could be a result of low testosterone. Testosterone plays a key role in building muscle in men and if the body is not able to produce enough of it, it will be apparent. Oddly enough, while low levels of testosterone affect the mass of muscle, low testosterone levels do not necessarily affect the strength or function of the muscles.
- Increased Body Fat: Men suffering from low testosterone levels tend to suffer from weight gain as a result of increased levels of estrogen in the body. In particular, men with low levels of testosterone will sometimes develop gynecomastia or enlarged breast tissue. If you have noticed a ramp up in weight gain and you have no idea why, low testosterone could be the culprit.
- Mood Changes: Anytime a hormone balance occurs, mood changes are always a possibility. Testosterone, particularly in men, affects a wide range of physical processes in the body and if it is thrown off, mood and mental capacity can be affected. Recent research has shown that men who are experiencing low levels of testosterone are more likely to face depression, lack of focus, and irritability.
- Decreased Bone Mass: Although osteoporosis, or the thinning of bone mass, is most often associated with women, men who are experiencing low levels of testosterone can also experience a loss of bone mass. Testosterone aids in the strengthening of bones and if it is not present in the body, men are more susceptible to loss of bone mass and bone fractures.
If you feel like any of these symptoms describe your current physical condition, please reach out to us today at Charleston Men’s Clinic. We are experienced in helping men deal with the symptoms of low testosterone and will work with you to develop a plan to help bring your testosterone levels back up. Contact us today to get started!