Did you know 4 out of 10 men over age 45 have low testosterone? This is a huge problem; testosterone is the hormone responsible for building bones, boosting your mood, thinking more clearly, maintaining muscle bulk, and is responsible for sexual function.
But, as you may have noticed, once we hit our 30’s, men will lose at least 1% of their natural testosterone production each year. That adds up by the time you reach you 40’s. You may notice your decline through symptoms, such as fatigue, lower motivation, irritable or depressed moods, decreased strength and stamina, and loss of sexual desire and libido.
Your health is nothing to be shy or embarrassed about, and you should never ignore it. Research shows that men go to their physician 80% less than women, and most men just tend to ‘suck it up’ and accept these things as a normal part of getting older. However, this lack of medical attention can have serious consequences, even leading to an earlier death.
If any of this sounds familiar and you suspect you have low testosterone, keep reading to learn the top 5 signs of low testosterone that you can’t ignore!
Make a Doctor’s Appointment If You Experience Any of These Symptoms
#1 Sign: Low Sex Drive
Have you gone from the one almost always initiating sex, to your partner now coming to you? Do you find yourself making excuses when she is asking for it? Testosterone and libido are directly correlated, and a lowered sex drive is a sure sign that your testosterone has declined. Although some men will notice their libido decreases as they get older, the most significant and obvious sign of low testosterone is a sudden decline in sex drive.
#2 Sign: Trouble with Erections
Have you had strong, reliable erections your entire life, but the last few times you tried to have sex, you just couldn’t seem to get it up? As many as 30 million men have erectile dysfunction, and low testosterone could be to blame. To get and keep a firm erection, it’s necessary to have adequate blood flow, circulation, functioning valves, normal sensations and sex drive. When testosterone levels are too low, a man may have difficulty achieving an erection before sex.
#3 Sign: Disappointing Ejaculation
Even if your sex drive and erections seem to be working, as usual, you may have noticed that you’re producing a much smaller amount of ejaculate upon climax. Testosterone levels are directly correlated to the amount of semen in the body, so when they dip below normal levels, ejaculate does too.
#4 Sign: Weight Gain
Carrying extra pounds can affect testosterone because fat cells convert testosterone to estrogen, which decreases circulating testosterone. It is unclear, however, if some men gain weight because their testosterone is low, or if their testosterone is low because they gained weight. Either way, being overweight can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
Low testosterone can also increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. But don’t worry – eating healthy, exercising and losing weight is often enough for you to begin to feel better.
#5 Sign: Decreased Energy & Mood
Are you experiencing fatigue, trouble sleeping, brain fog, or depression? If you’re exhausted by lunchtime, crash on the couch after work and find it challenging to get motivated to do anything, low testosterone could be zapping your energy. Furthermore, 56% of men who have borderline low testosterone also have significant symptoms of depression.
If you suspect you have low testosterone, this one simple change will make all the difference in your quality of life!