Are there things to look for to clue you into the fact that you could have low testosterone?
The answer: yes. There are actually many signs and symptoms of low testosterone (click the link for a more comprehensive list).
We will look at some of the major signs. As we age, we lose testosterone. Experts calculate that we lose about 1-2% each and every year after the age of 30. That is a lot of lost testosterone!
There are of course things that a man can do to try and combat this loss. For example, working out regularly will help maintain a normal level of testosterone. Eating a balance diet and watching your weight are also important factors in keeping testosterone levels in normal range.
Right now though, we are looking at the signs of low testosterone. We hear about ‘low T’ all over the place, but how do we know if we are actually suffering from low T? Well, the best way to find out is to have a blood test done by your doctor. But maybe you think you are being paranoid and don’t really want to make a trip to the doc. That is certainly understandable.
So is are there any clues that we can look for? Yes. And here are 3 big ones:
- You have less interest in sex and/ or have fewer erections. This is a big sign and a pretty common symptom of lowering testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for developing the sex organs and our sex drive so it makes clear sense that if we have lower testosterone, we will have lower desire for sex.
- Your body is shifting away from muscle to fat. Testosterone is also responsible for muscle mass and strength. So again, it makes clear sense that if we are having a problem with low testosterone our muscles are effected. Basically we find that (particularly around the abdominal region) we get a increase in body fat. This is what is basically know as the potbelly. And this would be why a lot of older men have that all to familiar potbelly.
- You have a noticeable decrease in energy. When our testosterone levels drop, we lack energy and our metabolism slows. If you find that you do not have energy for the things that you used to have energy for, you may be suffering from low testosterone. That’s not to say that you should feel like you did when you were 18 years old, but men in there 40’s, 50’, 60’s, and beyond can and should have energy to do the things they enjoy.
If you are experience any or all of these symptoms, you may be suffering from low testosterone. But again, the only way to tell is from a blood test from your doctor. There are things that can be done (things that may not necessarily require testosterone replacement therapy). You do not have to continue for the rest of your life with the symptoms of low testosterone.