Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males. Traditionally, testosterone is understood in its responsibility for the development of male tissues, including the prostate and testes, while secondarily, it plays a significant role in bone and muscle mass, body hair growth, and causes a deepened voice due to increased tension on the vocal cords. As you may or may not know, testosterone is responsible for much, much more.
HOW DOES LOW TESTOSTERONE AFFECT MEN?
Testosterone deficiency increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, cognitive dysfunction, sarcopenia (muscle wasting), obesity, anemia, fatigue, depression, inflammation, cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, irritability, and sexual dysfunction (e.g., decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, reduced orgasm intensity). Many men suffering from low testosterone will report a loss of competitive edge, musculoskeletal stiffness and pain, diminished ability to participate in athletics/sports, and poor work performance. Men see a decline in testosterone at 30 years old, but it is not uncommon for some men to have symptoms of low testosterone as early as their 20’s!
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
Feelings of depression
Loss of muscle and bone
Decreased sex drive
Less body hair
It’s important to note that just having one or two symptoms in passing is not necessarily a sign of low testosterone. Talk to your doctor to rule out other possible causes.