It’s usually not until something is missing that we truly understand the magnitude of its influence, which can certainly be said of testosterone. Day in and day out, your testosterone regulates your body in some obvious, and not-so-obvious ways, which becomes glaringly evident when your levels drop off. While these hormones are considered the male sex hormones, they’re responsible for so much more.
At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center, our team of specialists understands how testosterone levels can affect a man’s health, governing everything from sexual function to muscle mass. That’s why we offer low testosterone services to our patients in Allen, Frisco, and Celina, Texas, helping them feel more like their old selves again.
If you’re noticing some changes in your physical or mental health, here are five signs that it may be tied to low testosterone.
1. Sexual health
Let’s start with one of the most common complaints when it comes to low testosterone — its effects on your sexual health. Since testosterone directly regulates this area of your health, low levels can have a major impact, leading to everything from erectile dysfunction to lower libido. While most men experience occasional problems in these arenas, which may have nothing to do with your physical health, persistent and nagging problems may have something to do with low T.
You know yourself best, so if your life is going well with just the usual amounts of stress, yet you’re struggling sexually, come and see us so we can check your testosterone levels.
2. Feeling fatigued
Life can get very busy, especially with careers and families, leaving you exhausted at the end of the day. But usually it’s nothing that a good night’s sleep can’t handle. If, however, you’re struggling with a general lack of get-up-and-go, despite being well-rested, your testosterone levels may be to blame.
3. Less muscle, more fat
Your testosterone plays a considerable role in your muscle mass, as well as how you process and store fat. While it’s perfectly natural to lose muscle as you age and become less active -- and even develop a middle-aged paunch -- these are also signs of low T. If you’re fairly active, yet you’re finding it difficult to maintain muscle mass or fight off fat, low T may be at work.
4. Thinning hair
Men are no strangers to hair loss — in fact, two-thirds of men experience hair loss by the time they’re 35. But if you’re losing hair at a younger age, or you’re losing hair despite a family tree full of follicularly-blessed men, low testosterone could be a contributor.
5. A change in moods
Another common sign of low T is a difficult one to pin down — a change in moods. If you find yourself increasingly despondent or irritable, these may be signs of a hormonal problem.
We wanted to end on this last symptom because it perfectly illustrates the difficulty in pinning down testosterone problems. Each of the symptoms above can be caused by a host of physical and mental issues that aren’t related to testosterone. But if you’re experiencing more than one of them, it’s worth coming in to have us check your levels to rule out or confirm low T.
If you suspect your testosterone levels aren’t where they should be, please give us a call or book an appointment online so we can find the answers you need.