Symptoms of Low T
At the age of 30, testosterone levels begin to drop about 1% per year. This period of time is also known as “andropause” and is normal for most men. Other causes of low testosterone include stress, alcoholism, obesity, certain medications, and chronic illnesses.
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Lack of Engery
It's perfectly normal for a guy to feel tired at the end of a busy day. But guys with low "T" feel completely depleted. These guys complain of being more tired than they think they ought to be. "My tank is empty," is how some guys put it.
Libido and Low Testosterone
Testosterone is what fuels a man's sex drive. If he's low on "T," he's likely to become less interested in having sex. "Testosterone is what's responsible for 'the g factor," says Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, associate clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the author of "Testosterone for Life." He says men differ in how frequently they like to have sex. But for men with low testosterone, he says, “it’s completely absent.”
Decreased Muscle and Strength
It's not like they become weaklings, but guys with low testosterone often feel that they're not as strong as they once were. Some men actually notice shrinkage in their arm and leg muscles, and in their chest. And if they try to build muscles with weight-lifting, they often find it frustratingly difficult to build muscle mass.
Low Testosterone and Weak Erections
Erections are triggered by the body's release of a tiny molecule called nitric oxide. But testosterone is what's needed to trigger this release, and if there's not enough of it, well, nothing much happens down below. Either erections are impossible or they are not firm enough for intercourse.
Even if they're not experiencing clinical depression, men with low testosterone often feel down or blue. They feel less optimistic than they used to feel.
Your brain has many cells that are testosterone receptors; the low level of testosterone your brain receives affects your mood. Studies show when testosterone replacement therapy was used to bring hormone levels back into balance, men’s moods improved and became lighter.
Guys like to make jokes about testosterone, but testosterone deficiency is no laughing matter. The latest research suggests that guys without enough of the hormone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. A simple blood test can reveal whether a guy has low testosterone but there are plenty of other clues that a problem exists, as you'll see. It may start with that feeling like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Poor Sleep and Low Testosterone
Everybody wants a good night’s sleep, that’s why we have expressions like I slept like a baby. Few things feel better than a deep, dreamless, relaxing sleep. Sometimes it seems that once we start a full time job, begin raising a family, all while trying to maintain some of our independence, sleep becomes a thing of the past. Real sleep disturbance, and consequently real fatigue, comes along not when the hours we sleep are reduced, but rather when the quality of sleep is affected.