Too often what we consider normal signs of aging is actually the result of a hormonal imbalance that can be both prevented and reversed in both men and women. The latest research in anti-aging medicine suggests that men without enough of the male sex hormone testosterone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Low testosterone levels can be revealed through a simple blood test, but there are many other signs that a problem exists.

If you are a man unsure whether or not you might have low testosterone levels, the following signs and symptoms might be your body’s way of telling you. Let’s begin.

Low Sex Drive: We may as well begin with a big one. Testosterone is what fuels a man’s sex drive. If it’s low, your desire to have sex will decrease. Like most other human traits, the sex drive varies among men. The majority of men are in the normal range. Some are on the higher scale, which can tip into addiction-like behavior. And, others are at the other end of the spectrum with very low sexual interest. At the heart of all of it is your testosterone level, which should be checked if you land on the extremes of this scale. However, if you experience a sudden drop in sexual interest, your body may be telling you that you’re low in testosterone.
Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Causes include medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, being too tired, and….you guessed it, low testosterone. Erections are triggered by the body’s release of a tiny molecule called nitric oxide. But testosterone is what’s needed to provoke this release. Again…if there’s not enough of it, not much can be said for your erection. Let’s move on to number three…
Decreased Energy/Irritability: We all feel tired from time to time. If we work too hard or too long, we are bound to feel fatigued and, in many cases, become irritable. However, men with Low Testosterone levels tend to feel exhausted all of the time. Chronic fatigue, which is defined as fatigue that doesn’t let up even after rest, is one of the biggest signs of a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone levels decrease in all men with age, typically about 1 to 2 percent per year after age 40. As part of normal aging, energy may start to drop a little, and interest in sex may decline a bit as well. However, it’s not normal for testosterone levels to get so low that fatigue impacts daily activities, for mood swings to affect relationships, or for there to be a complete loss of interest in sex.
Hair Loss/Thinning Hair: Your hair is a big indicator of your overall health. As you can see from the first three warning signs, testosterone plays a big role in many of the body’s functions, including hair production. Balding is a natural part of aging for many men, but men with low testosterone levels may experience a loss of body and facial hair. While air loss may occur due to several mechanisms, the form related to testosterone levels is known as androgenetic alopecia. This hereditary disorder is characterized by thinning hair, and occurs in both men and women through an androgen-mediated mechanism.
Increased Fat (especially belly fat)/Decreased Muscle: Many recent studies have shown the relationship between low testosterone and body composition. Specifically, studies have shown that low testosterone and obesity are directly related and even reinforce each other, trapping men in a cycle of weight gain and hormonal imbalance. Beginning in middle age, a man’s testosterone levels begin a steady decline, this is what is called “andropause,” a state defined as partial androgen deficiency (or, more commonly known as “male menopause”).  The man begins to see an increase in fat (mainly belly fat) and a decrease in lean muscle mass.

THE GOOD NEWS:

The good news is that low testosterone is something that can be treated. These sometimes debilitating symptoms do not have to compound each other, causing your exhaustion to feed into your irritability, which is already inflamed by both your weight gain and low libido. Testosterone replacement therapies can reverse these symptoms, allowing for an increase in energy that fuels your weight loss, increases your libido, which will undoubtedly affect your mood.

There is no reason to consider these symptoms a part of normal aging when you can take your life back with Ageless Medicine.

One caveat: as with any medical condition, it is extremely important to consult with a board certified physician about your hormonal levels. Dr. Rosselli at Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches is an expert in hormone replacement and anti-aging medicinal therapies and will prescribe an appropriate treatment plan after comprehensive labwork and physical assessment. As we like to say at AMPB, “Living Well is an Art. Aging Well is a Science.” Leave the science up to us so that you can begin curating your best life today.

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