Low Testosterone in Men

Although it is natural for men to have a slight decrease in testosterone as they age, an abnormally low amount can cause symptoms like fatigue, a low sex drive, and low energy. A diagnosis for low testosterone in men can be obtained using simple blood tests, and several medications are available that can be an effective form of treatment for this condition.

An Overview of Low Testosterone in Men

Although low testosterone can affect males of any age, including male fetuses, there has been an increased interest in low testosterone in adult men. This is probably largely due to the many new testosterone medications on the market, but may also be due to a growing recognition of this particular condition.
As the idea of low testosterone in men becomes more widely known, more men are likely to seek a diagnosis and treatment for this problem. In addition, more healthcare providers are likely to look at low testosterone in men complaining of symptoms that point to this problem.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men

If low testosterone first develops in adulthood, the effects can be subtle and nonspecific, meaning they could be caused by a number of unrelated conditions. Some of these effects might include:
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Problems with impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED)
  • Decreased bone strength, which could lead to broken bones
  • Depression.
Testosterone levels normally decline with age, although there is some debate as to how much of a decrease is expected and normal. Similarly, it could be debated that some of the effects of low testosterone in older men are normal and are simply an expected part of aging.
The younger the man, the more obvious and unacceptable the effects might be -- mostly, because they are unexpected in young men. However, any such symptoms occurring in excess of what would be normal for a particular age should be considered "red flags" for low testosterone.
Some people may wonder about the link between low testosterone and a low sperm count. While a low sperm count isn't really a symptom of low testosterone -- at least in the sense that it is not caused by the the condition -- it is something that sometimes occurs along with low testosterone. There are some medical problems that cause low testosterone and can also affect sperm production.
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