5 Signs You May be Suffering From a Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone regulates sexual development, reproduction, and a number of other bodily processes, including your sex drive, bone density, and muscle mass. When testosterone levels are sufficient, you likely don’t even realize the important role this hormone plays within your body. However, when your testosterone dips too low, typically as a result of the aging, you can feel out of sorts and experience a variety of unpleasant physical and emotional changes.  

At Balanced Health Medical Center in Washington, DC, Dr. Kirt Tyson understands how testosterone levels affect a man’s health and offers effective treatment including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and nutritional support, to deliver long-term relief from life-disrupting symptoms. 

If you notice changes in your physical or mental health, here are five signs that you may be suffering from a testosterone deficiency. 

1. Low sex drive or erectile dysfunction

When it comes to low testosterone levels – also known as low T – one of the most common complaints is connected to sexual health. Since testosterone directly regulates your sexual health and wellness, lower levels can have a major impact. Low T can lead to problems like erectile dysfunction (ED), in which you’re unable to maintain an erection, or a low libido where you simply have less interest in sex. 

While many men experience occasional problems in these areas totally unrelated to physical health, persistent sexual problems are frequently caused by diminished testosterone levels. You know yourself best, so if your life is going well and you’re not under an unusual amount of stress, yet you’re struggling sexually, we can check your testosterone levels to see if that’s an underlying cause or a contributing factor. 

2. Loss of muscle mass, increased fat

As you get older, it’s perfectly natural to lose muscle mass, especially if you become less active than in your younger years. You might even develop a middle-aged paunch. This symptom is not usually cause for alarm, however, it may also be symptomatic of low testosterone levels. 

Testosterone plays a considerable role in your muscle mass, as well as how you process and store fat. If you’re fairly active, yet you’re finding it difficult to maintain muscle mass or get rid of excess fat, low T may be to blame.

3. Hair loss

In fact, two-thirds of men experience hair loss by the time they’re 35. If you’re losing hair before the age of 35, or you’re experiencing hair loss despite there not being any instances of male pattern baldness in your family, low testosterone could be the culprit.

4. Fatigue and lower energy levels

Keeping up with all your commitments both professionally and personally can leave you exhausted at the end of the day. Usually, though, you feel refreshed and ready to take on another day after a good night’s sleep. However, if you regularly struggle with a general lack of energy despite being well-rested, it could be connected to your testosterone level.

Be aware of your energy levels, especially if you’ve always been an energetic person in the past, but suddenly, you’re not your usual peppy self. 

5. Mood swings, depression, and irritability

Mood swings, depression, and irritability are additional signs of low T, but these emotional and mental issues may be more challenging to pinpoint at first. If you find yourself increasingly despondent or irritable, it could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. 

Determining the underlying cause of these five symptoms isn’t easy. These common testosterone problems can also be the result of a host of other physical and mental issues that are totally unrelated to testosterone levels. However, if you experience more than one of these health concerns, it’s worth coming in to have Dr. Tyson check your levels to rule out or confirm low T. 

Ultimately, we want to help you get to the underlying causes of your problems, so we can find a long-term solution and help you feel better, mind and body. Dr. Tyson takes a holistic approach to helping you make lifestyle and dietary changes that help you get back on track, along with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) that can restore your testosterone levels so you feel like yourself again. 

If you suspect your testosterone levels aren’t where they should be, give our friendly office team a call or book an appointment online so we can find the answers you need.

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