Maintaining testosterone production as you age is probably more important for your health than you think. Low testosterone levels in men can leave them more susceptible to some very serious conditions including cancer of the testicules, kidney disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Low testosterone can also cause problems in women including fatigue, depression, decreased libido, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
Early detection is the key to minimizing the chances that a patient with low testosterone will develop any of these conditions. If you notice that you’re exhibiting any or several of the symptoms listed below, you might want to have your blood tested to check your testosterone level. In particular, men are encouraged by doctors to have their testosterone levels measured as they age regardless of whether or not they are showing any symptoms.
Early symptoms that could indicate low testosterone
- Fatigue: Fatigue can be a symptom of a very wide range of conditions, so it’s important not to jump to conclusions. However, if fatigue is persistent and doesn’t seem to go away even when you’ve gotten a lot of rest, low testosterone could be the problem.
- Muscle weakness: One of the most important roles testosterone plays in the bodies of both men and women is building up the muscles. If you have low testosterone, you will notice a lessening in muscle mass that is not improved even if you implement a weight training regime.
- Decreased sex drive: We assume that it’s normal for a person’s sex drive to gradually diminish as he or she ages. However, a significantly decreased sex drive could be the sign of a health problem. Both men and women will notice that their sex drive diminishes if their bodies start producing less testosterone.
- Erectile dysfunction: One of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction is a low testosterone level. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction or other sexual malfunctions, consult a doctor and have your testosterone levels checked.
- Increase in body fat: The presence of muscle mass increases the rate of metabolism in a person’s body. Therefore, metabolism can suffer as a result of the decrease in muscle mass in the body of a patient whose testosterone levels are low. This will make it more difficult than it used to be to keep your weight down and prevent body fat from building up.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact our board certified physicians at NuMale Medical Center. We are a men’s health clinic dedicated to making men look and feel great, and with a 98% success rate, we will get you the treatment and the solutions you need. Give us a call and schedule a consultation!