Testosterone, in men, plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate. Testosterone also promotes secondary sexual characteristics such as bone mass, muscle mass, and the growth of body hair. Testosterone may also be found, to a lesser degree, in the ovaries of females.
It is natural for testosterone levels to decrease as we age however, if you believe you may be suffering from a testosterone deficiency, review our list of low testosterone symptoms.
Although hair loss is part of the natural aging process for many men, low testosterone levels may contribute to balding.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Testosterone plays a role in the building and strengthening of muscle. The more muscle you have, the more easily your body will rid itself of fat. If you are experiencing a decrease in muscle mass and strength, you may have low-t levels.
Lack of Energy
If you suffer from low-t levels, you will suffer from unusual fatigue and energy levels – especially if you are getting plenty of sleep.
Difficulty Achieving Erection
Testosterone is necessary to achieve an erection – it also stimulates a man’s sex drive. Although testosterone alone doesn’t actually cause an erection, it stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide which triggers an erection.
Low Semen Count
The more testosterone a man has, the more semen he produces.
Decreased Libido (low sex drive)
When a man’s testosterone levels decrease so does his sex drive. It is typical for men to experience a decreased sex drive as they age. However, a drastic decrease in a man’s desire to have sex could very well be due to low t-levels. Low T can also affect women’s sex drive and contribute to hormonal and mood changes.
Increased Body Fat
A loss of muscle mass contributes to increased body fat as muscle helps your body burn fat. Low T or a testosterone deficiency makes it more difficult to build and maintain muscle mass.
Moodiness (mood changes)
Men can experience mood swings or symptoms similar to those experienced by women when their estrogen levels drop, if their testosterone levels are low. These symptoms include irritability, depression, and the inability to focus.