Testosterone production slows as men get older, so lower levels are typical later in life. However, a range of symptoms can occur if testosterone production drops below normal causing low testosterone (low T). Signs of low T are often subtle. Some individuals only learn about it after routine bloodwork. Here are 12 signs of low testosterone in men.
Signs and Symptoms of Low T
- Low Sex Drive– Testosterone plays a vital role in a male’s libido, so some decrease is expected. However, with low T, the decline is much more drastic.
- Hair Loss– While genetics causes a lot of men to lose hair during the aging process, low T can too. That’s because one of the functions of testosterone is aiding the production of hair on the scalp, face, and body.
- Low Semen Volume– Testosterone helps stimulate the production of semen. Low T can lead to lower volumes of semen and fertility issues.
- Fatigue– Low T can cause extreme fatigue and decreased energy levels even after adequate rest.
- Decreased Bone Mass– Men with low T may be susceptible to fractures and breaks due to bone loss. Bone production and strength both rely on enough testosterone.
- Mood Changes– Most men with low T report changes in mood such as irritability, anxiety, and depression.
- Memory Issues– Though more research is needed, experts believe that testosterone deficiency can also decrease cognitive functions. This can lead to memory loss and other issues.
- Low Blood Counts– Anemia has been linked with low T. Symptoms include difficulty concentrating, dizziness, leg cramping, and an abnormally rapid heart rate.
- Smaller Testicle Size-The body requires testosterone to develop the penis and testicles. Having low levels can result in smaller than average testicles.
- Loss of Muscle Mass– Testosterone helps build muscle fiber integrity and mass. Though it doesn’t affect function and strength, low T can cause a significant decrease in muscle mass.
- Increased Body Fat– When the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, your metabolism can slow down, and your fat storage increases.
- Erectile Dysfunction– Testosterone kickstarts a series of reactions that lead to an erection. Achieving and maintaining an erection can become difficult if it’s too low.
Do You Have Low T? A Study May Help!
Anyone experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above should talk with their doctor immediately. Low T isn’t a natural part of aging and is treatable. Your doctor can recommend the safest and effective options or continue to monitor levels if treatment isn’t necessary at this time.
If you have low T, explore potential new options being evaluated at Charlotteville Medical Research in our research studies. By joining a low T study, you can learn more about your condition and help advance treatment options for it. To see if you may qualify, call us today at (434) 817-2442 or visit our website.