When men hit the age of 40, their testosterone levels start to decrease dramatically. Low testosterone in men can cause problems both personally and professionally. Low testosterone has been linked to low energy, a decreased sex drive, low self-esteem, and several medical problems. The problem is while some medical conditions come with signs and symptoms to let you know if you are suffering from them, low testosterone levels do not always come with symptoms. In fact, many men do not know that they are suffering from low testosterone. The following are some of the less than obvious signs that there could be a problem with testosterone levels.
The first sign of low testosterone in men is a dramatic decrease in sexual desire. Studies have shown that men start to see a dip of 1.5% in their testosterone levels. While this decrease may seem small it can have a dramatic impact on a male’s sex drive. Low testosterone in men can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to keep or maintain an erection. When men experience erectile dysfunction is can also have a major impact on sexual desire and lead to a decrease in sexual activity.
Another sign of low testosterone in men is the increase in body fat and reduction of muscle mass. Testosterone can sometimes help the body fight fat, but lower levels of testosterone in men can lead to the increase in body fat due to the body’s inability to burn it off. Increased body fat can lead to problems with obesity, diabetes and problems with metabolic rate. Obesity, diabetes, and metabolic rate problems can have an impact on a negative impact on a man’s self-esteem which leads to a decrease in sexual desire.
The last sign of low testosterone in men is a dramatic mood swings or changes in behavior. Low testosterone levels can cause men to develop depression. Studies show that the brain in a depressed person is unable to process the hormones necessary to increase sexual desire. Changes in behavior can range from having a lack of motivation to do anything, decreased energy, and extremely low self-esteem. All of these changes can have a direct impact on a man’s sexual desire. Noticing signs of low testosterone in men is not always easy as many of the signs and symptoms are subtle but keeping a close eye on behavior and sexual desire can help you determine if you are suffering from low testosterone levels.