Testosterone deficiency is a very real health condition, and many studies in recent years have found that men who have low T are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. While most men know the most obvious symptom of low testosterone -- erectile dysfunction or low libido -- there are actually many signs your hormone levels are off. Watch for the following signs that you have low T.
1. Low Libido
A man's sex drive is fueled in large part by the hormone testosterone. While every man differs in how often he wants to have sex, a man with low T will often become less interested in sex or not think about it often at all.
2. Erectile Dysfunction
A molecule called nitric oxide (NO) is responsible for triggering erections. Testosterone is necessary to trigger the release of NO, however, and if there is not enough testosterone in a man's blood, not much NO will be released, and this can result in erectile dysfunction. Sometimes erections will be completely impossible, or they may not be firm enough for sex.
3. Low Ejaculatory Volume
The prostate, testicles and seminal vesicles work together to create sperm-containing fluid that is released upon ejaculation. All three components need a steady supply of testosterone to produce between 1.5 and 5 cubic centimeters of ejaculatory fluid, which is considered normal. Men who have low testosterone may notice a decline in ejaculatory volume.
4. Chronic Fatigue
While most people get tired at the end of a long day, a man with low T will feel utterly depleted, and complain that he feels more tired than he should. This is one of those low T symptoms that men often just attribute to getting older.
5. Mood Issues
Low testosterone can also result in a wide range of emotional or mood problems, leading men to feel down, less optimistic or even depressed. It can also cause irritability and other mood problems. This problem is usually more apparent to family members and friends.
6. Genital Numbness
Men with low T frequently complain of numb genitals, but this is one of the least recognized low testosterone symptoms among men. While the genitals are usually not completely numb, a touch can fail to deliver the spark necessary for pleasurable sex.
7. Reduced Muscle
While men with low testosterone do not become overly weak, they will notice they are not as strong as they used to be. Some men even have noticeable shrinkage in arm and leg muscles.
Low testosterone can be identified through simple blood work. If you have any of these symptoms of low T, schedule a consultation with HealthGains today to have your testosterone levels checked and discuss your treatment options.