How Does Low Testosterone Affect Your Health?

Low testosterone levels, or “low T” usually occur in men as they get older. The older men get, the lower their testosterone levels and it is normal. Low T can sometimes cause serious long-term implications to men’s health and well-being.

If you experience low T, you may notice some of the following symptoms.

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Low energy

Men with low T have reported a decrease in energy levels and extreme lethargy. Getting enough sleep can help you feel more energised. It is best to get at least 7 to 8 hours each night. You might have trouble with insomnia and restlessness at night when your testosterone levels are low.

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Muscle changes

Testosterone is a hormone that is necessary for muscular development and masculinity. With low T, you may lose your muscle mass and strength, and oftentimes, self-esteem.

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Increased body fat

Low T can lead to an increase in body fat in men. If you are not building muscle with the calories you take in and the physical activity you do, your body will convert the calories to fat.

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Low libido

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Declining levels can affect your sex drive as it plays a crucial role in libido in men. As you get older, you may notice that your desire for sex also decreases.

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Mood changes

Men with low T may experience changes in mood. Nothing seems to make you happy anymore and you are no longer interested in doing things you used to enjoy. Men often say they feel like themselves again when testosterone levels are back to normal.

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Increased risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis has been linked to low testosterone levels. Testosterone aids in the formation and strengthening of bone. As a result, men with low T, particularly older men, have less bone volume and are more prone to fractures.

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Thinning body hair

Testosterone plays an important role in hair growth. Low T can cause you to lose some facial hair, pubic hair, and hair on your arms and lower legs. You may notice that your body hair does not grow as much as it used to.