Running Low: Signs of Depleted Testosterone Levels

Man with Low Testosterone CountIn men, testosterone is a hormone mainly responsible for stimulating sperm production and sex drive. It also builds bone and muscle mass, maintains red blood cell count, and regulates facial and body hair. When these levels run low, it can have adverse effects on a person’s well-being, such as decreased bone mass and fatigue.

The Raleigh Clinic for Men reports that the levels of testosterone for men decrease between 2 to 4 percent per year beginning around the age of 30. By identifying the symptoms of low testosterone, doctors can determine the underlying cause, provide effective treatment, and restore qualify of life.

The following are signs that could point to a depleted testosterone count:

Fatigue

Men with low testosterone tend to grow tired quickly and feel weary all day despite getting plenty of sleep. The lack of energy can also demotivate a person to perform everyday activities such as exercise.

Increased Body Fat

Research suggests that testosterone plays a role in regulating body fat. The rise in body fat may sometimes lead to gynecomastia, or the swelling of the breast tissue in men.

Decreased Sexual Function

In men, testosterone level is directly proportional to sexual performance. If these hormones are low, men may experience a reduced desire for sex and infertility due to the decrease in sperm production.

Decreased Bone Mass

Although this condition is often associated with women, men running low on testosterone can expect thinning of the bone mass, more commonly known as osteoporosis. Consistently low levels of testosterone may make men more susceptible to bone fractures.

Difficulty Achieving Erection

An erection occurs when testosterone stimulates the receptors in the brain to manufacture nitric oxide, which helps trigger an erection. Insufficient levels of testosterone will hinder nitric oxide production and prevent a stimulated or spontaneous erection.

Mood Changes

Women experience mood changes when their hormonal levels drop during menopause. Men experience similar symptoms when their testosterone is low. They are likely to experience a lack of focus, irritability and depression.

These signs can help men be more aware of their testosterone levels. Men experiencing symptoms of low testosterone should call their doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options.