Testosterone is a hormone that is mostly produced in men, by the testicles. This hormone is essential for development of voice, muscle, sperm production and sex drive in males.
How Low Testosterone Affects Overall Energy
The level of testosterone production in men peaks during puberty and impacts adulthood. The hormone production gradually decreases after thirty. The causes for lower testosterone levels could be due to injury to testicles, hormonal disorders, infection, HIV, chronic liver or kidney disorder, obesity or type 2 diabetes. It could also be attributed to age, post 30. The decline is generally one percent per year. Lower levels of testosterone is referred to as hypogonadism or low – T. The lower than normal levels is when values fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng / dL).
The most common impact of low testosterone is less libido and erectile dysfunction. It also affects volume of semen during ejaculation. Men with low levels of testosterone will have less frequent sexual desires, fewer or weaker erections. Low-T is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. However, low – T can be the root cause for many other conditions that causes physical changes.
- Since testosterone plays a role in building muscle mass, low -T leads to reduction of muscle mass
- Some men might notice shrinkage in arms, legs and chest due to reduction in muscle mass
- They find it extremely difficult to build muscle mass with weight lifting or other workouts
- Increase in body fat that is a result of impact on cholesterol metabolism
- It leads to reduction of body and facial hair
Adverse effects of Low-T
Lower testosterone may also lead to disturbances in sleep pattern that will have an influence on mood, mental capacity and face irritability and lack of focus. Besides having an influence on the physical aspects, lower levels of testosterone can have an adverse effect on the emotional balance. It can lead to depression with an overall sense of well-being being hampered. It leads to lack of calcium from bones that make the bones fragile. Due to weaker bones and reduced muscle mass, low levels of testosterone can cause overall low energy in the individual causing extreme fatigue and anemia.
Extreme low-T conditions could lead to infertility, brain fog and enlarged breasts. The symptoms could also be coupled with other medical conditions that are linked to ageing. Consider having a blood test to know the testosterone values to rule out the possibilities. After 30, it is important to check your testosterone levels at regular intervals so that the effect can be minimized at an early stage. Even under 30, low- T might be a result of unhealthy lifestyle habits lacking physical exercise and healthy diet. Recent research reveals that low testosterone levels might also lead to osteoporosis, heart disorders and diabetes among other diseases.
- Treatment options available for low-T are injections, gels, patches and implantable pellets.
- Eating eggs, broccoli, garlic, spinach and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are some of the natural ways to boost testosterone. Also include oysters that are rich in zinc.