Testosterone has not historically been a looming topic of discussion around dinner tables, or even in doctor’s offices. Only recently has science made substantial headway in understanding the vital role of this and other hormones in the body. While this post focuses on recognizing the signs of low testosterone in men, know that women also need adequate levels of testosterone, and may require replacement therapy at some point, just like their male counterparts. Also, the symptoms and consequences of low testosterone may be similar among both genders. These include:
- Diminished sex drive. If you do not crave sex as much as you once did, it is not because you are “getting older.” Well, it is, but the direct cause is the decreased testosterone coursing through your veins.
- Diminished sexual ability. By that, we mean erectile dysfunction. Adequate levels of testosterone support penile function, as do circulation and functional valves in the penis.
- Multiple studies suggest that testosterone plays a direct role in the regeneration of physical and mental energy. Men (and women) who are low in this hormone typically have a difficult time concentrating, and complain of feeling tired regardless of how much rest they get.
- Poor sleep. Scientists are not clear on the exact reason why low testosterone seems to correlate with sleep disturbances, but the link is clear. More than a simple association, the link between low testosterone and poor sleep goes both ways. This can create a vicious cycle that threatens well-being.
- Research continues to suggest that low testosterone plays a role in depression. In fact, 56% of the men in one study suffered significant depression alongside borderline low testosterone. Many of these participants were already being treated with antidepressant medication. Furthermore, other studies following the depression/low testosterone line indicate that depression symptoms improve when a man’s testosterone levels are brought back to a normal balance.
The team at Collin County Urology offers comprehensive diagnostic testing through which you can determine if your symptoms are related to low testosterone. The information you gain from this testing allows you to move forward with appropriate treatment and lifestyle habits to support vitality as you age. Call (972) 403-5425 to schedule your visit.
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