Low testosterone levels have been linked with premature death and a decreased quality of life in men, according to a recent study presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.
Men with low testosterone levels often experience erectile dysfunction, a decreased sex drive, low bone density levels, and increases the risk of sleep problems, mood swings, depression, decreased physical performance and increased fatigue levels. Each of these symptoms can negatively impact the way a man feels about himself. If low testosterone is not treated promptly, it can become a serious problem that affects a man’s physical and emotional health.
The severity of the symptoms of low testosterone depends on how low the testosterone level is. For example, low testosterone can cause a man to have low energy levels every day. How low a man’s energy levels become corresponds directly to how low his testosterone levels are. If a man begins to experience low libido; however, he still has some sexual interest, his desire can decrease even further should his testosterone levels decline more.
Additionally, low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction, loss of facial hair, loss of body hair and increased fat storage. These symptoms tend to worsen as testosterone levels decline. The symptoms of low testosterone are stereotypical of our image of how an old man looks and acts.
Low testosterone, also known as low T, occurs in everyone as they age. Many people think that only women suffer from osteoporosis; however, because testosterone levels affect a man’s bone density, men also can suffer from osteoporosis. The severity of this condition directly correlates with testosterone levels.
Low testosterone is diagnosed when a man’s total testosterone drops below 300 mg/dl or his free testosterone is less than 6 ng/dL. In order to diagnose low testosterone levels, a blood test is needed. There are natural ways to improve your T levels that you can start with so that you get essential nutrients while you think about the best course of action for your treatment.
Verifying low testosterone levels through a laboratory is completely confidential. If you involve your doctor, the results can become a part of your permanent medical record and may be able to be accessed by your employer as well as your insurance company.