Know The Symptoms – Low Testosterone Affects Men and Women
Low testosterone (often referred to as Low-T or “T”) is the body’s lack of adequate production of testosterone. This hormone plays a vital role in not only the male body, but also the female body. It fuels puberty, fertility and sexual desire.
A young man’s voice wouldn’t deepen and his penis and testes wouldn’t develop properly if his testosterone levels were below normal. Women possess much less testosterone than their male counterparts, but those with testosterone imbalances have a harder time turning fat into muscle and may have more trouble managing stress. Low testosterone in both genders can diminish a person’s sense of well-being.
Changes in testosterone levels are a part of the aging process, so some symptoms of low testosterone are inevitable. Levels actually decrease naturally in men after age 30 by approximately one percent annually, while testosterone levels in women generally drop before menopause. Some men and women quickly discover that their changing bodies are experiencing symptoms that begin to affect their quality of life.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Low testosterone affects all sufferers differently and some won’t notice any symptoms at all. Thyroid problems or other hormonal imbalances may actually be causing problems, so it’s important that men and women see a professional to discover their definitive cause. A doctor can diagnose low testosterone by checking the hormone’s levels in a patient’s blood.
The following low testosterone symptoms are common among both men and women:
- Weakness or decreased energy
- Depressed mood
- Sleeping problems
- Lower libido
- Low bone density
- Muscle tissue loss
- Reduced memory
- Loss of body hair
- Worsening of sleep apnea
- Worsening of congestive heart failure
Men may also experience:
- Erectile dysfunction or impotence
- Low semen volume
- Smaller testes
Causes of Low Testosterone Symptoms
Low testosterone symptoms may be caused by a variety of conditions. For example, a man that has testicular cancer or testicular injuries could also experience low testosterone levels. A woman that has had a hysterectomy or adrenal insufficiency may experience lower than normal levels.
Low testosterone levels in both females and males could be caused by:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Hormonal conditions
- Coronary conditions
- Chronic obstructive lung disease
It’s important that men and women consult a physician about their specific symptoms, current testosterone levels, and possible side effects of any treatments. Discussions like these will keep sufferers well informed and help their physician develop the best course of therapy. Testosterone treatment comes in the form of gels, injections, implanted pellets in soft tissue, and skin patches.
Due to genetics or certain illnesses, a low testosterone level can’t always be avoided. Some individuals may be able to boost testosterone levels naturally by getting adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying active.
The aging process will reduce testosterone levels gradually, but significantly low levels are concerning. Men and women need to take note of any symptoms that are a nuisance to their daily lives and discuss low testosterone concerns with their doctor. Please schedule a consultation with the professionals at Turtle Creek Medical Center if you believe you, or a loved, one are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone.