Testosterone production peaks during a man’s 20s before gradually decreasing with each passing year. Low testosterone – commonly referred to as Low T – is a normal process, although some men may experience drops severe enough to cause health effects. While testosterone therapy can reverse any adverse effects of Low T, many men either are not aware that their testosterone levels are dropping, or know but choose not to seek treatment. Either way, failure to seek treatment for low testosterone can have negative consequences, just a few of which include –
Healthy levels of testosterone contribute to feelings of vitality, whereas abnormally low levels can cause fatigue that can interfere with daily activities. Despite getting enough sleep and even exercising, you may feel like you are pushing through your day on borrowed energy. Testosterone treatment can increase your energy and ensure you have restful sleep.
Decreased Muscle Mass
Testosterone stimulates muscle growth. The relatively high level of this hormone in men explains why they gain muscle more easily than women. Testosterone also reduces the gradual loss of muscle tissue that occurs in men as they age. If you have low levels of testosterone, you might find yourself losing muscle mass and, therefore, strength.
Additionally, testosterone helps men manage their fat levels. Body fat may increase when levels drop. The loss of energy may also promote a more sedentary lifestyle, which impacts weight gain. Notably, low testosterone levels can cause abnormal accumulation of fatty tissue in the breasts.
As testosterone levels drop, so do levels of calcium in the bones. In many cases, bone loss is only apparent when a man starts to develop degenerative bone disorders like as osteoporosis. Men with low testosterone also are more likely to get fractures from accidents.
Because testosterone is the hormone responsible for hair growth, decreasing levels often result in hair loss or thinning, as well as the loss of body hair.
Low Sex Drive and Performance
Testosterone levels are necessary for the proper functioning of the male reproductive system. Low levels of testosterone can reduce libido and performance, which can lead to frustration and feelings of inadequacy. Patients may also become less fertile, which can be troubling for couples who are actively trying to have a child.
Getting Treatment for Low T
As they age, all men will find their testosterone levels decreasing; this can result in any number of health problems. The good news is that, with the guidance and care of an expert urologist, you can do something about. In Phoenix, Ironwood Urology’s Dr. Desiderio Avila Jr. will treat your Low Testosterone, as well as provide all the comprehensive services and specialties to care for men’s reproductive health. Call us now at (480) 961-2323 or book an appointment to get quality care fast.