Testosterone is the male sex hormone which is made in the testicles. Its levels are essential to normal development of the body, and proper function of the sex organs. During puberty (in teens years), it helps the boys develop male features like body and facial hairs, deeper voice and muscle strength.
Some men have low testosterone levels. This is called testosterone deficiency syndrome (TD) or low testosterone (low T) this means that the body does not have enough of the substance needed, it affects a man’s physical appearance and sexual development, sperm production is stimulated as well as the urge for sex. It helps in the body formation. A research has revealed that about 2 out of 10 men under the age of 60 have low testosterone which increases to 3 out of 10 in their early 70’s and 80’s.
A lot of symptoms can be experienced if testosterone falls below normal, low T is verified when its levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).
According to the Food and Drugs Administration,Â the accurate range is between 300 -1000 ng/dL. A blood test known as Serum Testosterone Test is carried out to detect the level of circulating testosterone. Therefore, if it falls below normal, a lot if symptoms can occur.
There are 12 Signs of Low Testosterone.
1. Low Sex Drive.
Testosterone plays a vital role in a man’s urge for sex, they could however experience a less urge for sex as they get to some certain age. He who is diagnosed of low T will eventually experience a drastic fall in their urge for sex.
2. Difficulty in Erection.
Having known that testosterone stimulates a man’s sexual desire, it also helps him in maintaining an erection, although it does not cause an erection, it stimulates the brain to produce nitric acid. Nitric acid helps trigger a series of chemical reaction which is essential for an erection to occur. A man may find it difficult to achieve an erection when testosterone is too low. However it is one of the factors that aid an adequate erection.
3. Low Sperm Count.
An important role is been played by testosterone in the production of semen, semen is the milky fluid that is emitted from the male reproductive tract which contains sperm cells, men found with low T often experience a decrease in the quantity of the sperm during ejaculation.
4. Hair Loss.
Men with low T may experience a lose of body and facial hairs, although, there is an inherited components to balding, but it is mostly as a cause of low T. Testosterone acts as an important role in hair production.
Fatigue is an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of sleep, men diagnosed with low T always have an extreme fatigue and a decrease in their energy level. One is likely to be a victim of low T if there’s a constant fatigue despite getting enough sleep or lack of motivation for exercise.
6. Loss of Muscle Mass.
Testosterone helps in the building of muscles, men with low T may experience a decrease in the muscle mass. A research has proven that low T can affect the mass of muscle but not the capacity.
7. Increased Body Fat.
An increased body fat may be experienced as a result of low-T. Sometimes, they develop gynecomastia or enlarged breast tissue. It occurs due to an in-balance between testosterone and estrogen within men.
8. Decreased Bone Mass.
Men with low T especially older men have lower bone volume and are more likely to have bone fractures. The thinning of bone mass or osteoporosis is the condition associated with women, men can also experience such. The absence of low T helps produce healthy bones and strengthens it.
9. Mood Change.
The steroid hormone produced in the testes of a male gender influences physical condition in the body, it could affect the mood and mental capacity. Men with low -T changes in mood. Research shows that men with low T are likely to face depression, inability or lack of focus.
10. Affected Memory.
Low T level can contribute in affecting the memory of an aged victim. Both low T levels and cognitive functions. Memory declines with age.
11. Smaller Testicle Size.
The body requires testosterone to develop the penis and testicles, low level can contribute to a smaller penis or testicles compared to normal testosterone levels. Although there are other causes of smaller than normal testicles, it is not always as a result of low T.
12. Low Blood Count.
A low blood count is called anemia, one with low blood count may feel a little bit tired or very tired, doctors have linked low T with an increased risk for anemia. Some of the symptoms of anemia are; cramping, problems sleeping and an abnormal rapid heart rate.
When a man gets older, there are much chances of him to experience low T, women experience a quick drop of hormone at menopause. If the hormone level of a man is lower than 300 ng/dL, he is likely to be a victim of low T. You are advised to consult your doctor for blood test and other necessary treatments.