As with many things in life, you’re often unaware of the importance of something until it’s taken away, which can certainly be said of testosterone. This hormone, which is responsible for most of your male characteristics, governs your health in innumerable ways, and if the levels start to drop off, the effects can be widespread.
Here at Cross Roads Hormonal Health and Wellness, we specialize in metabolic health and understand better than most the impact that low testosterone can have on your overall health and wellness. It’s for this reason that we offer male hormonal health services to men in the Cross Roads, Texas area to help them feel more like themselves again.
If you’re feeling that something just isn’t right with your body, pay attention to the signs as they may point toward low testosterone. To help you uncover the source of your problems, here are the top five signs that you may be suffering from low testosterone (or low T).
Behind closed doors
To get started, let’s begin with one of the more touchy and problematic signs of low T — sexual health. Testosterone, which is produced in your testes, controls your libido to a great extent, and a drop off in your levels can lead to a lowered sex drive. Throughout your life, you’ll likely experience a normal ebb and flow of your libido, which is perfectly natural and can be tied to your mental health, your age, and even stress levels. But if you experience a precipitous drop that’s very much out of the ordinary, low T may be at play.
Your testosterone also influences your ability to get and maintain an erection, so if your problem isn’t your libido, but a failure to become, and stay, aroused, low T might be the culprit.
2. Slow as you go
Another chief complaint of low T is an overwhelming feeling of fatigue and lack of energy. This feeling typically comes on regardless of how well-rested you might be and plagues you throughout your day, zapping your motivation and energy levels and creating a feeling of inertia.
3. Packing it on
Your testosterone plays a key role in your muscle mass as well as your body fat distribution. If you find yourself packing on the pounds around your midsection or your breast tissue begins to enlarge, and you’re losing muscle mass despite your best efforts at the gym, you may be fighting an uphill battle against low T.
4. The hair up there
By the age of 35, two-thirds of men develop some form of hair loss, which is perfectly natural and usually a result of genetics. If, however, everyone in your family is sporting a full head of hair, yet you’re losing yours at an alarming rate, testosterone may be the culprit behind your balding.
5. Swinging moods
Whether testosterone directly influences your mood, or the physical results of low T are causing you anxiety, mood changes are a common sign that your testosterone levels may be off.
The bottom line is that hormone levels affect different people in a variety of ways. That said, if you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, and it’s simply not like you, we can run some simple tests to determine whether your testosterone levels are where they should be. The good news is that if they aren’t, we can restore your levels, and your quality of life, with hormone replacement therapies.
Please give us a call if you have any questions or if you’d like to get tested. You can also request an appointment by filling out the form on this website.