Men’s testosterone plays a key part in their development and overall health. The Urology Care Foundation defines the importance of testosterone in men as, “Testosterone hormone levels are important to normal male sexual development and functions.” As men age, their levels of testosterone decline. This can also be caused by Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TD) or Low Testosterone (Low-T). Issues caused by low testosterone are important to recognize in order to prevent them from causing further problems. 

Issues Caused By Low Testosterone In Men 

The issues caused by low testosterone may not always have an obvious connection. That being said, it is important to recognize the possible problems to remain on top of your health. Here, we have addressed four issues caused by low testosterone in men. 

Reduced Bone Strength and Muscle Mass

Physically, low testosterone can lead to reduced bone strength and muscle mass in men. These stem from the Low T Center Reinventing Men’s Healthcare explain that an estimated 1 to 2 million men in the U.S. have osteoporosis. They go further by saying, “Low testosterone is a common secondary cause of male osteoporosis.” The presence of low testosterone leads to a higher rate of decrease in bone mass loss as men age. While men may not notice a decrease in bone strength on their own, there are early warning signs that it is occurring. 

  • Neck Pain 

If you’re noticing new changes with pain in your neck, this could be a sign of reduced bone strength due to low testosterone. This can occur due to possible compression fractures in the vertebrae.

  • Loss Of Height 

Feeling like you have lost height over time? The loss of strength in your bone density can make the vertebrae become weak, thinning over time leading to a loss of height. 

  • Worsened Posture 

Another link to weakened bones in the spine can appear in the form of a stooped posture. 

  • Fractures 

If you are more susceptible to fractures now, this could be a result of a loss of bone density. The weaker bones can fracture easier, while a higher bone density has a harder time breaking. 

Loss Of Sexual Desire 

Noticing changes in your sex life? Declines in your sex drive are issues caused by low testosterone in any man. One of the only causes of low libido is low testosterone. Dr. Chris Illiades discusses that low testosterone can often also lead to the inability to get and maintain an erection, often characterized by erectile dysfunction. Because testosterone can also link to a man’s energy level, it can make them uninterested in sex due to the effort level. Testosterone is essential to both the mind and the sexual organs for men to participate in the act of sex. 

Depression

Sudden changes in mood could be a direct indication of issues caused by low testosterone. The issues caused by low testosterone can mirror that of anxiety and depression. Testosterone plays a role in the release of dopamine which provides feelings of pleasure to the brain. Low testosterone can affect that link, causing changes in mood and a decrease in that pleasure. 

If you are worried about changes in your mood, take the time to talk to a healthcare professional. Find out more about our opportunities for Hormone Replacement Therapy for men here

Low Energy Levels & Fatigue 

With a change in testosterone levels, your energy levels are also impacted. As previously discussed with regard to a loss in sexual desire, this decrease in energy levels can also affect other parts of your life. The Men’s T Clinic discusses the implications of fatigue. Here, it is important to note that fatigue can even come from the accumulation of more body fat as a direct result of the low muscle mass as well. Low testosterone can also cause insomnia. Preventing a good night’s rest can make the following days full of fatigue and low levels of energy.  It is worth noting here that the combination of issues caused by low testosterone can come together to create even more problems. Fatigue, for example, comes on as a result of other symptoms, only worsened as they are.  

It is important to be able to identify issues caused by low testosterone. These three could easily be mistaken for a variety of other causes. Noticing these issues in your own life but unsure if they are linked to low testosterone? We are here to help you and talk through the possibilities. Contact us at our website https://chapelhillgynecology.com or give us a call at (919) 960-2720.