July 21, 2015
Low testosterone also referred to as hypogonadism effects more than 3 million people. The latest research suggests that men without enough of the hormone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. A simple blood test can reveal whether a guy has low “T,” but there are plenty of other clues that a problem exists.
Testosterone is what fuels a man’s sex drive. If he’s low on “T,” he’s likely to become less interested in having sex. Men differ in how frequently they like to have sex. But for men with low testosterone, it’s completely absent.
Erections are triggered by the body’s release of a tiny molecule called nitric oxide. But testosterone is what’s needed to trigger this release, and if there’s not enough of it, nothing much happens down below. Either erections are impossible, or they’re not firm enough for intercourse.
It’s perfectly normal for a guy to feel tired at the end of a busy day. But men with low “T” feel completely depleted. They complain of being more tired than they think they ought to be. In addition to feeling severe fatigue, men with low testosterone often lose their drive and initiative. Men who used to be up and at ’em all day long are sidelined on the sofa.
Even if they’re not experiencing clinical depression, men with low testosterone often feel down or blue. They feel less optimistic than they used to feel. Low testosterone can cause men to be grouchy and irritable. Sometimes the problem is more apparent to friends, family members and colleagues – than to the men themselves.
It’s not like they become weaklings, but men with low testosterone often feel that they’re not as strong as they once were. Some men actually notice shrinkage in their arm and leg muscles, and in their chest. And if they try to build muscles with weight-lifting, they often find it frustratingly difficult to build muscle mass. Low testosterone often results not only in reduced muscle mass, but also in increased body fat. Some men add weight around the middle. Others develop gynecomastia, aka “man boobs.”
The good news about low testosterone is that it’s easily treated. And in addition to helping resolve problems with sexuality, mood and appearance, testosterone therapy can help protect men against several serious medical problems, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
For many men, treatment is life-altering, providing them with renewed energy, confidence, and a sense of wellbeing.