How Can Low Testosterone Affect Your Life?
It is estimated that 40% of men 45 and older have low testosterone. Why aren’t more men getting treated? Because the symptoms of low testosterone and the symptoms of aging look very much alike.
Decrease in Testosterone Levels is a Normal Occurrence
As we age many body functions slow down. One of them is our hormone production levels. Women’s decrease in hormone production has a name – menopause. We know that this transformation create a myriad of symptoms. But when it comes to men, it doesn’t have a name – yet.
It is been proven that after age 40, men’s testosterone levels decrease. Some say as much as 1% a year. By the time a man reaches 80, he produces 50% less testosterone than he did at 40. This too causes symptoms with it, which in most cases is attributed to normal aging. Click here to learn more about what it means to be hormone deficient.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
As with women, some men have more symptoms than others. And some are more obvious than others.
- Low libido – loss of interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and weakness
- Weight gain
- Reduced bone density
Connection Between Low Testosterone Levels & Other Conditions
There is plenty of proof that in some chronic conditions, low testosterone is present as well. Even though the connection has been established, scientists still don’t know what is the by-product of what – did the condition causes low testosterone or did the low testosterone help create the condition.
Low levels of testosterone have been present in:
- High blood pressure
- Even in cases of Blurry vision
- Rheumatoid Arthritis