Symptoms of Low Testosterone

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Symptoms of Low Testosterone

In healthy men, testosterone levels (also known as T levels) between 300 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL are considered normal. The brain and the testes work together to keep testosterone in this range. When levels of testosterone are below normal, the brain signals the testes to make more. When there is enough testosterone, the brain signals the testes to make less.

It is important to recognize that blood levels of testosterone, as well as all other hormones, represent a dynamic balance between biosynthesis and biodegradation. The testes, adrenals and ovaries are responsible for testosterone biosynthesis, while the liver and kidneys are responsible for its biological degradation and excretion. Today, between two and four million men in the U.S. have symptoms of low testosterone and suffer from Low testosterone or Low T levels, a condition known as hypogonadism.

It’s a problem that gets progressively more common as men age, though it can also strike men at any age for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, very few men with symptoms of low testosterone are getting the help they need.

The symptoms of low testosterone are often overlooked, because, in part, they are mistaken for ordinary signs of aging. It’s estimated that only 5% of the millions of men with Low Testosterone or Low T are currently being treated, despite a booming business in testosterone replacement therapy of many kinds. Testosterone replacement therapy is only appropriate and safe for men who have below-normal levels and who don’t have any medical conditions that could be made worse by testosterone, such as an enlarged prostate or evidence of prostate cancer.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decline in muscle mass
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Loss of motivation
  • Small or soft testicles
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weight gain, particularly around the waist
  • Reduced bone density
  • Depression
  • Anemia
  • Low interest in sex