Testosterone is crucial for our daily functions. It plays a role in the development of muscle mass, fueling our sex drive, ensuring mental sharpness, and helping deep sleep. When testosterone drops below optimal levels, our general well-being and overall quality of life is impacted. At GameDay Men’s Health, our goal is to help you identify the signs of low testosterone and get the treatment you need to help you reclaim your life.
If you are located in San Diego or the surrounding areas and think you may be experiencing low testosterone, the medical team at GameDay Men’s Health is here for you! Located in Carlsbad, our mancave-style office is equipped with all the tools we need to diagnose and treat patients suffering from low testosterone, including an in-office lab where we perform our blood tests. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
There are many potential signs and symptoms of low testosterone but many can improve with testosterone replacement therapy. Some key indicators of low testosterone include:
- LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS/TONE
When testosterone is at an optimal level within your body, it helps your body build and develop muscle mass by putting it in an anabolic state. If your testosterone drops below normal levels, your body may enter a catabolic state, which causes it to break down muscle tissue and reduce muscle mass. This loss of muscle may also impact your strength, endurance, and stamina.
- DECREASE IN BONE STRENGTH AND DENSITY
Testosterone plays an important role in helping your body maintain bone density and strength. When your testosterone levels decrease, your bones become weaker, which increases your risk for fractures, osteoporosis, and low bone density.
- LOSS OF LIBIDO (SEX DRIVE)
Low sex drive is typically the first sign that develops in association with low testosterone levels. Most men who experience the effects of low testosterone notice a significant decline or lack of sexual appetite. This lack of sex drive often extends to a decline in arousal and fewer erotic dreams and fantasies.
- ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AND SHRINKAGE
In addition to a loss of libido, many men suffering from low T may have difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection. Your penis may also experience a loss of length and girth due to low testosterone, and you may notice a change in the size and texture of your testicles. Erectile dysfunction and shrinkage occurring as a result of low testosterone is typically treatable and, in many cases, the effects of these symptoms can be reversed.
- WEIGHT GAIN
With a decrease in testosterone levels comes a decrease in your metabolic function, often resulting in weight gain. Men who suffer from low testosterone may notice an increase in weight, specifically in the abdominal area.
- COGNITIVE DECLINE
There are many testosterone receptors in the brain, including the cerebrum and other areas of the brain that play a role in your memory and ability to focus. When your testosterone levels fall below optimal levels, you may notice you have a harder time focusing or remembering things.
- MOOD CHANGES, INCLUDING FEELINGS OF IRRITABILITY, DEPRESSION, AND ANXIETY
Many men may experience mood changes as an effect of low testosterone. Men suffering from low T have may have increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and irritability. Fortunately, this symptom of low testosterone is often one of the first things to improve as a result of testosterone replacement therapy.