The Link between Low T and Osteoporosis in Women
Most people know testosterone’s role in male health. This sex hormone generates male characteristics at puberty. It also functions throughout life to help with concentration, memory, strength and sexual performance.
What many people don’t know: Women have testosterone, too – and it’s very important!
Women have only a fraction of the testosterone men do, produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. However, this testosterone is almost as important to peak health as the female sex hormone estrogen. When “T” levels are too low, women face severe health issues.
One of the most serious of these is osteoporosis.
Low Testosterone in Women Can Cause Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is the gradual weakening of the bones through leaching of minerals from bone tissue. It happens when the natural “replacement cycle” of bone tissue doesn’t function as intended: The body breaks down existing bone too quickly or replaces it too slowly.
Symptoms of the disease include:
- Back pain, which may be caused by collapsed or fractured vertebrae in the back;
- Bone fractures that occur easily or do not heal after significant time has passed;
- Loss of height;
- Poor posture.
Many women face increased risk of osteoporosis later on in life, particularly after menopause. This is because levels of the female hormone estrogen can drop too fast, or end up too low, during this change of life. However, testosterone is also a major factor.
“Low T” in women can cause many of the symptoms of low estrogen. Plus, it can accelerate the loss of bone density. This can go on for months or even years before noticeable problems with bone structure develop. Women who have had a hysterectomy should be particularly alert.
For all these reasons, women should know the symptoms of low testosterone.
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details
- Long periods of low energy, fatigue and lethargy
- Sleep disturbances, difficulty getting restful sleep
- Moodiness, irritability, sadness or depression
Turtle Creek Medical Center Can Help Women with Low T
Low T can happen at any age. However, symptoms can be addressed through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT helps restore the natural hormonal balance of the body. In many cases, it can resolve low T and eliminate its associated disease risks. It works quickly and is very safe.
Women concerned about their symptoms should consult trusted medical professionals for a complete evaluation of hormonal health. For the pain management Dallas trusts, contact Turtle Creek Medical Center.