Testosterone production increases in puberty and starts to decrease at the age of 30. Each year its levels dip about 1% and already at the age of 60 half of men have low testosterone levels. Since it affects many body functions, this hormone deficiency can put men at risk of serious illnesses, including osteoporosis, diabetes and heart diseases, and can bring about significant emotional changes.
There are plenty of signs that testosterone deficiency exists, which can be subtle or discernible, and can manifest regardless of age.
Low sex drive. Testosterone fuels sexual desire. When there is low T level, men become less interested in sex. For some men, the desire is completely absent.
Erection problems. Testosterone is needed for release of nitric oxide which triggers erections. When there is not enough of it, erections are either impossible or not sufficient for the intercourse. The good thing is that erectile dysfunction is easily treated with Tadalafil or generic Cialis and other PDE 5 inhibitors.
Low semen volume. The hormone plays a role in semen production. Therefore, when there is a decrease in the semen volume during ejaculation, it can be a sign of low T, which can also lead to infertility.
Fatigue. Low T may manifest in fatigue and low energy levels. If a man is constantly tired despite getting enough of sleep, or if he is finding it harder to get motivated to physical activity and exercise, it is a sign of low T.
Hair loss. Men with low T can experience a loss of hair on the head, body and face.
Decreased bone mass. The hormone helps produce and strengthen bones. Men with its deficiency may have lower bone volume and become more susceptible to fractures.
Mood. Testosterone affects mood and mental capacity. Men with its deficiency are more likely to have depression, lack of focus and irritability.
A simple blood test can reveal whether there is hormone deficiency and testosterone therapy can be assigned. However, hormone replacement is not for everyone (see full prescribing information, side effects and contraindications at www.drugs-med.com and only your doctor can decide upon its benefits and potential risks.