Any man with low testosterone levels suffers from many negative effects, as testosterone makes up a man’s physical ability and many aspects of his life. To best determine the levels of your testosterone, you can take a clinical test.
If you have low levels of testosterone, do not be alarmed as you can reverse the levels through medication, but you need to talk to a medical practitioner to advise you accordingly.
Testosterone levels can decrease due to natural causes like early adulthood, but it can also be contributed by other various factors.
Negative effects of low testosterone levels in men
Bones are a living tissue that the body rebuilds after being broken down. Men with low levels of testosterone have weak bones, since their bodies are unable to build up bones soon after a fracture. Such men have a higher risk of fractures, low bone density, and osteoporosis.
Increased Risk of Heart Failure
Testosterone helps to broaden the blood vessels, therefore blood flows more freely. Since testosterone is made from cholesterol, a high level of testosterone translates into low levels of cholesterol hence reduced chances of heart disease.
Normal levels of testosterone set your body in an anabolic or muscle building state. When your body is in this state, it produces and assembles proteins which are the building blocks for lean muscle.
As the level of testosterone drops, your body enters into a catabolic state where it breaks down muscle instead of building the muscles up. In the initial stages, you will notice that you do not build any muscle in the gym. Eventually, you will develop loose muscle mass.
The tissue in the testicles, scrotum, and penis shrink when the levels of testosterone decreases. This leads to a decrease in the girth and length of the penis whereby the balls shrink to half their normal size and they become squishy.
Low testosterone reduces the size of important body organs and leads to increase in size of certain body parts especially the tummy and around the neck.
Men with low testosterone have larger bellies because of the high presence of visceral fat and body fat. Men with high visceral fat have a high risk of contracting heart disease and diabetes.
Decreased Sex Drive
This is a common symptom in most men with low testosterone. Such men have a low desire for sex, less erotic dreams, low sperm count, infertility issues, and fewer sexual fantasies. Such men also have a problem when going erect.
However, it is imperative to note that low testosterone levels do not affect the ducts that enable the male organ to remain hard after erecting. If the symptoms happen almost spontaneously, then chances are low testosterone levels is not the only cause of the symptoms.
Men with low testosterone levels experience problems in memory and thinking. Their memory functions are affected in areas such as the brain. The brain is responsible for attention and memory. So when testosterone is in low supply, the cells are incapable of doing their work.
Some problems brought about by low testosterone levels such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction can affect a man’s mood, but low testosterone can also affect your mood.
A research carried out in the endocrine journal revealed that 23% of men who had recently been diagnosed with low testosterone had depression. However, only 5% of the men diagnosed with normal testosterone around the same time had depression.
Men with low testosterone report sleep disorders such as insomnia and changes in sleeping patterns. Some men have also reported sleep apnea after undergoing the testosterone replacement therapy. The condition interrupts your sleeping pattern. This is because it causes your breathing to stop abruptly and starts over and over again while you are asleep.
Men are affected by anything that undermines their masculinity. Masculinity in a man is determined by the level of testosterone, so it has the capability of affecting a man’s self-esteem. The good news about low testosterone is that it can always be reversed.
As a man, a lot about your masculinity is determined by testosterone, so seek medical help as soon as you realize your testosterone levels are lower than normal. If you want to be sure about the level of your testosterone, you can take a blood test.
According to Harvard School of Medicine, men with over 65 years should have testosterone levels of between 300 and 450 nanograms per decilitre.