Low Testosterone symptoms – Don’t ignore the warning signs

Quincy AdamLow T Learn

So you’re feeling fatigued, perhaps losing your edge, and you’re worried about what it means?

You’re not alone. Millions of men experience symptoms that are associated with low levels of the testosterone, known as hypogonadism – and you could be one of them. Some of the common symptoms include: 1

• Reduced muscle mass and tone
• Loss of body hair
• Mood disturbances
• Increased body fat
• Reduced sex drive or libido
• Inadequate erections
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory loss
• Sleep difficulties
• Decreased bone density

While it’s normal for testosterone levels to gradually decline with age, the decrease is only problematic for men who experience a significant decline that is not age appropriate.
Getting a medical evaluation can help you determine whether you have low levels of testosterone, the cause, and potential treatment options. For many men, treatment with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) using a skin patch, pill, gel or injection may help alleviate the symptoms.

But in some cases, the cause may be related to an illness or disease that requires a different approach to treatment. Some of the causes of hypogonadism include:

Type 2 diabetes

A quarter of men with type 2 diabetes have low testosterone. Obesity is one of the primary causes of diabetes. Studies show that as a man’s body mass index (BMI) increases, his testosterone levels decrease. 2 Losing weight and treating type 2 diabetes may alleviate symptoms of low testosterone.

Pituitary gland Abnormalities

The pituitary gland is a pea-sized structure that’s known as the “master gland” because it controls all the other glands in the body that produce hormones, including the thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries and testicles. If your pituitary gland isn’t functioning normally, it cannot properly regulate the testicles, where your testosterone is produced. 3

Iron Overload (Hemochromatosis)

This hereditary disorder causes the body to absorb too much iron during digestion. Men with iron overload often experience loss of libido, shrinkage of testicles, and erectile dysfunction and impotence. Why does this occur?

The most common reason is that the pituitary gland becomes overloaded with iron and can no longer function properly. 4

Infections or injuries

Traumatic injury to the testicles from a sports injury or accident may impact testosterone production. Infections, such as contracting the mumps during adolescence or adulthood, may also cause long-term testicular damage. 5

Medications.

The use of certain drugs, such as opiate pain medications and some hormones, can affect testosterone production.

Other Diseases

A range of other conditions can cause low testosterone, including chronic liver kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and genetic conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome, Kallmann syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and Myotonic dystrophy.

The first step in determining the cause of your symptoms is s to seek a thorough medical evaluation and discuss with your doctor the test results and various options for treatment.


1 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-hypogonadism/symptoms-causes/syc-20354881
2 https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/low-testosterone-guide/low-testosterone-diabetes/
3 https://www.pituitary.org.uk/information/what-is-the-pituitary-gland/
4 https://medlineplus.gov/hemochromatosis.html
5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3255409/