How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone?

how do I know if I have low testosterone

Once you are over 20, your testosterone starts a steady decline.

Testosterone is a critical hormone. Unfortunately, as a man ages, testosterone level declines. The loss can be so gradual, that you may not notice its impact on your life until it is so severe that you just feel like a “grumpy old man.” That is why it is imperative that every man over the age of 35, learn to recognize the signs of low testosterone, also known as “Low-T.”

Here in no particular order are 7 of the most common signs of Low Testosterone.

  1. Low Libido – Sexual performance issues, such as loss of desire, are usually one of the first signs men notice of low testosterone, or the first sign that they care about, anyway!
  2. hair loss - common signs of Low TestosteroneHair Loss – Testosterone plays a role in hair growth. Balding, along with loss of facial or body hair, can be a sign of low T.
  3. Weight Gain – Testosterone is essential for fat metabolism and proper insulin production. Men with low-T tend to put on weight much easier than when they were younger and testosterone levels were higher. It also becomes more difficult to lose weight, or to build muscle, when your testosterone levels are low.
  4. Loss of lean muscle – Testosterone is not only essential for burning fat, it is critical for building and maintaining muscle mass.
  5. Depression and anxiety – Depression, anxiety and other mood swings such as irritability, are also signs of low-T.
  6. Fatigue and lack of energy – Classic symptoms of low-T is a feeling of general lack of energy, along with low motivation, fatigue and lethargy.
  7. Cognitive difficulties – Issues with memory, focus, and a general drop in other cognitive difficulties, can be indicative of low testosterone.

Here Are Some Lesser Known Signs of Low Testosterone

  • Some Lesser Known Signs of Low TestosteroneLoss of Bone Mass – Men with low testosterone exhibit loss of bone mass or density. This may not be so obvious without a bone scan, however, the bones of men with low-t can fracture more easily. If a relatively simple fall leads to a fracture, low-T could be the problem.
  • Heart Attack or Stroke – There has been a lot of controversy surrounding whether testosterone replacement therapy leads to an increased risk of heart attacks or not. But one thing that is less debatable is that men with low testosterone are at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. A study published in 2014 that looked at over 50 testosterone studies over the course of a decade found a very strong correlation between low testosterone and early death do to a cardiovascular event.
  • Neuropathy – Neuropathy, or nerve pain or numbness similar to that experienced by men with diabetes or other circulatory problems, can also be a sign of low-T. Recent studies have shown that testosterone can be effective in treating symptoms of neuropathy by aiding in the healing of damaged nerves. By extension, chronic nerve pain could therefore be a symptom of low testosterone.
  • Skin Issues – Flare-ups of itchy skin conditions such as of psoriasis, are worse as testosterone levels drop.

Related Testosterone Article: How is Low Testosterone Treated?

You can learn to recognize these signs and symptoms of low testosterone, however, there really is only one way to know if you lack of energy and other problems really are related to Low-T. You must see an experienced hormone doctor and have your testosterone levels professionally tested and evaluated.

Contact our office today for a free consultation. You may even qualify for your first month’s supply of testosterone absolutely FREE!

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