Do You Have a Testosterone Deficiency?

Testosterone deficiency occurs when the body is unable to make enough testosterone.

How do you know or recognize whether you have a testosterone deficiency? The following article represents a guide for individuals who suffer from testosterone decline with age, how to understand the process, and why it happens. Acquiring this knowledge helps you deal with the issue effectively.

Do You Have a Testosterone Deficiency?
Diagnosis and management of testosterone deficiency. Image/Unsplash

It is widely known that testosterone is a powerful and highly essential hormone. This is present in both men and women and has the ability to influence many body functions. Testosterone is responsible for controlling sex drive, promoting muscle mass, building bone mass, and boosting energy. On top of this, this hormone also has the ability to affect behavior, developing aggressiveness, for instance.

While testosterone is found in both men and women, this hormone’s levels are much higher in men’s bodies. This being said, the aforementioned levels can vary, and with age, they can severely decrease. Such a decline is not healthy, as it can cause symptoms of depression, fatigue, and concentration problems. What’s more, low testosterone brings other changes in a man’s body that should be avoided, such as a decrease in muscle mass, anemia or shifts in cholesterol levels.

This being said, it is crucial to find healthy solutions and treatments if you are dealing with a testosterone decline as you grow older. One such solution that can effectively treat this deficiency is testosterone replacement therapy. Indeed, it is of the utmost importance to contact a healthcare professional, take all the necessary blood tests, and follow the course of treatment that is tailored to you and your needs. So, this should only be done under the careful supervision of a specialized doctor.

So, do you have a testosterone deficiency and are unsure what to do next? Keep reading to learn more about this health problem, the signs and changes it can cause, and what you can do to treat it.

When Do Testosterone Levels Usually Decrease?

Usually, testosterone levels start decreasing with age increasing. According to a research study from the American Urological Association, around three men out of ten who are aged between 60 and 70 experience a low level of testosterone. Because this hormone is critical for a man’s normal sexual development and essential functions, a deficiency can disrupt the individual’s life.

Some men can have Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome or Low-T, regardless of their age. Essentially their body doesn’t produce the essential and necessary amount of this substance. With this deficiency come other symptoms such as fatigue, depression, irritability, and erectile dysfunction. But while this hormone deficiency can happen to any adult man, it is more likely for testosterone levels to decrease with age. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance for men to have their health checked when they get older. This way, if you do have a testosterone deficiency, it is best to catch it early.

How Can You Know You Have Low Testosterone?

If you worry about not being able to know whether you have a testosterone deficiency, you shouldn’t. Knowing some of the most common symptoms of this health condition and gaining a bit of understanding of why and how this is happening helps you identify it and notice whether you are experiencing any of them.

This being said, the following list is a simple way of seeing the symptoms of a testosterone deficiency that can help you understand your body better:

  • Erectile dysfunction;
  • Low sex drivel;
  • Depression;
  • Low concentration levels;
  • Irritability;
  • Fatigue;
  • A general decreased sense of well-being;
  • Decreased muscle mass, increased body fat;
  • Decreased bone mass;
  • Frequent mood changes;

Indeed, if any of the symptoms mentioned above happen individually and extremely rarely, it wouldn’t necessarily point towards a testosterone deficiency. And it probably isn’t the case, as some of them, such as fatigue or low concentration, can also happen during stressful times and busy work periods. However, if you notice a combination of the aforementioned symptoms occurring to you, it is crucial to investigate the source and cause. Confirming low levels of testosterone with the necessary tests based on your symptoms helps you find the needed treatment.

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What Can You Do If You Experience a Decline in Your Testosterone Levels?

As mentioned earlier, for a lot of men who experience a decline in testosterone levels with age, a practical solution is testosterone replacement therapy or TRT. This treatment is the most common one, given its effectiveness.

This being said, it also has some side effects, as with any treatment. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance to discuss with a medical provider, investigate your health condition with a specialized healthcare professional and follow the course of treatment prescribed by them.

There are other ways in which you can increase the levels of testosterone in your body, many of them natural, such as taking vitamin and mineral supplements, exercising and weight lifting, and eating proteins and carbs. But in some cases, when the deficiency is severe, the most effective solution may be testosterone replacement therapy, especially if the decline happens with age.

What Are the Causes of a Low Level of Testosterone?

It is of the utmost importance to know when testosterone deficiency usually happens, what are the most common symptoms and the course of treatment. Equally important is knowing what can cause testosterone levels to decrease, apart from this being a normal body function that happens with age.

Usually, testosterone deficiency happens after the age of 30, and it is a natural reaction in older men. But low testosterone can also be caused by:

  • A genetic abnormality like an extra X chromosome, known as Klinefelter’s Syndrome;
  • Treatment of cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation;
  • Increased levels of iron in the body;
  • Medication to treat prostate cancer;
  • Liver cirrhosis;
  • Extreme and prolonged stress;
  • Alcoholism;
  • Obesity; abdominal obesity.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned, it is vital to investigate further and see whether your testosterone levels have severely decreased. Depending on this, a course of treatment will be given to you by your healthcare provider.

Even if you don’t suffer any of the health conditions of diseases mentioned above, being aware of your body and knowing the symptoms of low testosterone are essential pieces of information. This way, you can take the necessary measures to treat this deficiency.

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