One thing that differentiates men from women is the level of testosterone a male has. Testosterone is a sexual hormone mainly produced by males, although females have some small amount. The level of testosterone is important for normal sexual development and function. How to know if you have low testosterone?
Purpose Of Testosterone
A man’s level of testosterone helps him develop strong bones and muscle strength. It helps a man have a deeper voice, hair growth on the body and face, plus the production of sperm and sexual drive.
A man’s testosterone level declines as he gets older. The American Urology Association says that if a man has less than 300 nanograms (ng) of the hormone per deciliter (di) of blood, his testosterone level is low. Two out of ten men over the age of 60 have low T. This increases to three out of ten for men in their 70s or 80s. Normal range of testosterone is between 300 – 1000 ng/dl.
What are some signs of low testosterone?
Decline Of Sex Drive
As men get older, they can expect some drop in sexual drive, but with low T, a man will experience a noticeable drastic drop.
Trouble Getting An Erection
The hormone testosterone not only aids in sexual drive like getting an erection, but it also helps men maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction may become problematic.
Low Volume Of Semen
With low T, you will notice a decrease in the volume of your semen.
Loss Of Muscle Mass And Hair
Low T plays a role in lower muscle mass but not in strength. Another sign of low T is hair loss, although you may be balding due to heredity. Additional hair loss on the body and face is due to low testosterone levels.
Additional signs of low testosterone include the following:
- Some memory loss
- Smaller than normal size testicles
- Increased risk of anemia
- Risk of depression, irritability, and lack of focus
- Increase in body fat including enlarged breasts
- Difficulty sleeping
- Decrease in energy
Contact Cleveland Urology Associates at (440) 891-6500 for a diagnosis and treatment options if you are experiencing any of these signs of low testosterone.