Testosterone is the hormone that gives males facial hair and a baritone voice starting at puberty before its development peaks in early adulthood. As men age, they lose roughly 1% a year of this critically important hormone.
While losing testosterone is natural, it can result in weight gain, low sex drive, and decreased muscle mass, among other effects, that can diminish your health and well-being.
Our expert team at Medi Spa at Choto in Knoxville, Tennessee, offers testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to alleviate these symptoms.
7 Signs of a Testosterone Deficiency
Also known as Low-T, low testosterone impacts seemingly every aspect of your life. However, the symptoms can also represent other underlying medical conditions, so it’s important to have a complete medical evaluation.
Here are seven possible signs of a testosterone deficiency:
1. Low sex drive
Reduced libido is a common indication of falling testosterone. Men who have trouble getting or keeping an erection may find that it’s related to low testosterone levels.
This can impact your relationships, of course, but also your mental health. Because stress or depression can also contribute, it’s important to rule those out.
2. Increased body fat
Many men pack on the pounds around their midsections as they age. Low testosterone levels can contribute to this visceral fat, which can be dangerous. Why? Increased visceral fat can contribute to health risks like strokes, diabetes, and heart disease.
3. Fatigue and low energy
Do you always feel tired no matter how well you sleep? It could be related to low testosterone levels.
When you feel exhausted, working up the motivation to exercise or participate in activities you enjoy is tough. This can become a vicious circle because as you feel tired and have low energy, you move less, which can increase your body fat and reduce your muscle mass.
4. Decreased muscle mass and strength
When you’re active, you maintain strength and muscle mass more easily. Your decreasing testosterone levels reduce your strength and can make it challenging to handle everyday activities such as picking up groceries.
5. Decreased bone density
Testosterone contributes to healthy bones, too. As you age and lose bone density, your risk for fractures and osteoporosis increases.
6. Irritability and other mood changes
Low testosterone can contribute to mood swings like anxiety and increased irritability. If you’ve noticed heightened frustration levels, it could be related to this hormonal imbalance.
7. Decreased cognitive function
You guessed it: Testosterone also plays an important role in brain function, including your memory and ability to concentrate. Memory loss, brain fog, and loss of concentration are symptoms of low testosterone levels.
While these can be symptoms of low testosterone, they can also relate to underlying medical conditions. That makes it important to see a trusted health care professional to determine the cause. In some cases, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may help.
You can contact Medi Spa at Choto today to book a consultation and learn whether TRT could be right for you.