What is Low T?
Low Testosterone (low T) is a medical condition used by doctors that indicates abnormal level of the hormone testosterone. Low T can lead to serious medical complications, not only do you not feel strong, motivated, and energetic, but your immune system suffers significantly.
What is Testosterone?
Produced primarily in the testicles of men, testosterone is a dominant hormone responsible for affecting appearance and sexual development. Among the benefits following testosterone production include: stimulate sperm production, sex drive (libido) and the development of muscle and bone mass.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Although it is quite noticeable when one has a high testosterone production rate; what are the signs of low testosterone production? When production of testosterone drastically decreases in men, the following symptoms can be quite subtle:
1. LOW SEX DRIVE A key role in a man's libido is played by testosterone. Numerous men may experience a decline in sex drive as they age. Those with a low testosterone count are more likely to experience a substantially reduced desire to forego sexual intercourse.
2. DIFFICULTY WITH ERECTIONS Not only does testosterone encourage a man's libido, it also supports the attainment and maintenance of an erection. Although testosterone is not the lone factor in reaching an erection, it is what stimulates receptors in the brain which produce nitric oxide, a molecule that assists in triggering a series of chemical reactions necessary for an erection. Those with low testosterone may encounter erectile complications prior to sex or even spontaneous erections.
3. LOW SEMEN VOLUME Testosterone is partially responsible for the production of semen, the milky fluid that provides the motility of sperm. Men with low testosterone will often notice a decline in the volume of their semen during ejaculation.
4. HAIR LOSS Amid the bodily functions of testosterone is hair production. Balding is a natural stage in the aging of men which is commonly inherited, however, men with low testosterone habitually endure a loss of body and facial hair.
5. FATIGUE Men with low testosterone undergo extreme fatigue and diminishing energy levels. One of the most common indications of having low testosterone is feeling continuously exhausted despite sufficient sleep or even depleted motivation to exercise.
6. LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS Whereas testosterone promotes building muscle, those with low testosterone may notice decreased muscle mass. Studies have proved testosterone affects muscle mass, but does not necessarily affect strength nor function.
7. INCREASED BODY FAT Low testosterone count has shown a correlation with increased body fat. Namely those with low testosterone develop gynecomastia, enlarged breast tissue. This occurrence is believed to be a result of an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen within men.
8. DECREASED BONE MASS Often associated with women, osteoporosis, or the thinning of bone mass, can be found in men with low testosterone. As testosterone aids the production and strengthening of bone, men with low testosterone can experience bone loss. Most commonly found in older men with low testosterone are lower bone volume and susceptibility to bone fractures.
9. MOOD CHANGES Testosterone influences not only many physical processes in the body but mental processes including mood and mental capacity, men with low testosterone experience frequent mood changes. Research suggest men with low testosterone are more prone to depression, irritability, and lack of focus.