Do You Have Anxiety? Low Testosterone Could Be the Culprit
Testosterone is well-known as the major sex hormone for men. Women produce a small amount of testosterone in their ovaries, too. Although they produce much smaller amounts of testosterone in their bodies than men do, they can also suffer from the health effects of low testosterone just as men can.
What is testosterone and why is it so important?
Testosterone is with you from the moment you are conceived. Although it becomes much more “visible” in men thanks to the body changes they go through at puberty, testosterone is always working. It helps develop the male sex organs before birth, and kicks into overdrive at puberty. It’s necessary to build and maintain muscle mass, assists with red blood cell production, properly distributes body fat, helps sperm remain healthy and plentiful – and drives libido.
The problem with low testosterone
Because testosterone is such a driving life force, your body puts on the brakes if levels of the hormone drop too low. This can be a natural, if unwanted, occurrence in older men, since testosterone levels actually begin to drop, very gradually, as men age.
Low testosterone can also occur when you’re younger, if your body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone.
What happens when your body doesn’t make enough testosterone of its own?
Low testosterone can have some unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Poor sleep
- Thinning hair
- Low libido
- Reduced bone density, including osteoporosis
But what might surprise you is that anxiety is also a symptom of low testosterone, also known as “Low T.”
“Feeling anxious” doesn’t always quite cover the definition of “anxiety.” Instead, it can be much more subtle, such that you can’t really put your finger on what’s wrong. But if you are often:
- Tired for no apparent reason
- Having trouble concentrating
- Fearful (often of nothing in particular or to a greater degree than a situation warrants)
- Experiencing panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere – and dreading their inevitable recurrence
- Having heart palpitations or other symptoms that make you think you have cardiac problems – even though nothing wrong can be found
…you could have low testosterone.
Why does low testosterone cause anxiety and other mood problems?
Testosterone is a powerful hormone. Because it’s so integral to your well-being, low levels can affect neurological, emotional and physical health directly. Worse yet, it can often go misdiagnosed because its symptoms mimic those of diseases and the common signs of aging. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
How getting your low testosterone treated can improve your life
Once you’ve been diagnosed and your testosterone levels improved, you may find that:
- You’re not nearly as anxious – or anxiety almost completely disappears
- You’re less fearful
- You sleep better and wake up refreshed instead of feeling tired
- You experience increased muscle mass, with proper exercise and diet
- Your libido improves
Turtle Creek Medical Center
If you are anxious or fearful, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Contact Turtle Creek Medical Center today, to have your testosterone levels analyzed and, if necessary, to discuss treatments options. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to live the satisfying and energetic life you desire. Take care of yourself today – don’t wait!