Testosterone is not simply related to how “macho” a man is…it can be related to risk of other diseases as well. Men with a testosterone deficiency are at a higher risk of many serious illnesses and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Once detected, your doctor can suggest treatment for your low testosterone. But how do you know if you have a deficiency in the first place? Here are some key warning signs:
- Low Sex Drive – While all men differ on how often they like to have sex, men with a testosterone deficiency may lack the desire completely.
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – In order for erections to occur, the body needs to release nitric oxide. However, testosterone is necessary to trigger the release.
- Fatigue – Men with low testosterone may experience severe tiredness, more than the average person at the end of a day.
- Less Energy – Not only will men with a testosterone deficiency feel more tired, but they may also lose their drive and initiative to do normal tasks throughout the day.
- Mood – Though low testosterone does not equal depression, men with this condition may experience a lack of optimism. They may also become more irritable more easily.
- Decreased Muscle Mass – Men with low testosterone often complain of not feeling as strong as they once were, finding it difficult to gain muscle mass.
- Weight Gain – Low testosterone can also cause weight gain, and men may experience more trouble in shedding pounds than they did before.