Testosterone is an important hormone in the male body. It is essential for maintaining sex drive, muscle mass and fat loss, and for the production of red blood cells and sperm. Additionally, testosterone is responsible for everything that makes a man, a man. For example, a deeper voice, facial hair, and chest hair. This hormone is primarily produced in the testicles but some is also produced in the adrenal glands.

Hypogonadism means low testosterone and if you’re worried about this happening, you should know that it is normal for your testosterone levels to decrease as you get older. When you reached adulthood, your testosterone levels were at their peak and most likely slowly started to drop once you hit your 40s. Some general statistics reported by the Urology Care Foundation found that:

 

  • Slow decrease in testosterone levels is normal with age
  • 30 percent of males over 70 will experience low testosterone
  • 20 percent of males over 50 will experience low testosterone
  • Chronic illness, trauma, or stress can cause reduced testosterone in younger men

 

You may be wondering how you’ll know if you have low testosterone, so that’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms of low testosterone levels in men.

Exhaustion

If you’re feeling fatigued often despite having gotten an adequate amount of sleep, you may have low testosterone. According to some men’s health experts, there could be a connection between chronic fatigue syndrome and low testosterone. Anemia is a disease that results from your body’s inability to produce an adequate amount of red blood cells. As a result your body won’t be able to transport enough oxygen throughout your body leaving you feeling fatigued and weak.

Less muscle mass

Testosterone is perhaps most well-known for its contribution to men’s body mass growth, but low testosterone can also contribute to weight gain in men. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we have Testosterone Replacement Therapy that will help your testosterone levels balance out again allowing you to gain more muscle mass and lose the fat.

Depression

According to a 2012 study, there is a relationship between low-T and the moods of aging men. Older men with low testosterone were found to have greater feelings of anxiety, irritability, mood swings, less well-being, and nervousness. Although there aren’t a lot of solid studies done on testosterone levels and their relationship to mental health, it continues to be a popular topic among men’s health experts.

Treatment options

There are a number of treatments out there for men who are experiencing low testosterone. However, it’s important to speak with a men’s health specialist before making any decisions to make sure that the issue you’re experiencing is directly related to testosterone deficiency. Since testosterone levels aren’t something that is typically examined by primary care physicians, you shouldn’t be afraid to bring up the subject if you’re concerned about it. Treatments for low testosterone include procedures like Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

How it works

Testosterone Replacement Therapy is diagnosed with a simple blood test. 97-98% of the testosterone in our blood is bound to proteins and can’t get to the target organs. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we will measure both total and free testosterone levels in order to get as accurate a picture as possible. We will also check for PSA levels in patients over 40 to look for signs of prostate cancer.

If you think that you have low testosterone and that you would benefit from a procedure like Testosterone Replacement Therapy, you should contact your men’s health experts at Charleston Men’s Clinic today.