Low Testosterone Can Be Reversed
Testosterone is important in all stages of life
A natural hormone that has many roles to play in the male body is testosterone, also known as T, and if a man has low T, symptoms of several kinds and levels of severity will appear. In the male species of all mammals, the testes make the hormone, while in the female, the ovaries produce a very small amount, and the adrenal glands in both sexes manufacture the hormone. The most important job of the hormone is to make sure that the sex organs grow and mature correctly. As a male matures, density of the bones and red blood cell production fall under the control of testosterone. During the years of puberty, it is responsible for deepening the voice and causing hair growth on the body and face.
The human body starts to decrease its production of the hormone somewhere around the age of 25 and there is a steady decline in levels thereafter. By the time a man is 80 years old, his body is producing about 20% of what it did in his prime. While this is apparently a natural phenomenon which has been called male menopause, a man can also start making less of the hormone for other reasons such as taking some types of medicine, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, or suffering from high stress or alcoholism. However it happens, a low level of testosteronehas numerous effects on a man as he ages and can cause many health and psychological issues. Here are some of the major signs of low T in a man.
The first important aspect of low testosterone symptoms is the slowness of their onset and the increase in their severity. It can take several years before a man notices what is happening to him. He may begin by feeling more fatigued and tired, having less energy than normal, and not being as interested in sex as he used to be. These symptoms will gradually get worse, along with a lack of zest for life and some of the signs of clinical depression - lack of appetite, less interest in formerly passionate pursuits, a chronically low mood, and overall feeling of not being well.
While these signs are becoming apparent, on the inside the declining levels are causing other physiological changes. The thickness of the skin, an organ on its own, decreases. There is more risk of developing osteoporosis - weak bones. Low red blood cell counts can cause anemia, which in turn causes weakness and fatigue. Blood serum levels of bad cholesteol can increase due to lower testosterone levels, and this can result in elevated blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and heart disease.
These changes also become symptomatic in more visible and noticable ways for a man, and interact with the slower changes previously described. A man may feel increased anxiety, and gain weight more easily. Desire for sex decreases to very low levels, difficulty in getting an erection becomes an issue as well, and the result is that sexual activity can come to a standstill. As a further symptom develops, sexual activity and all the things it means to a man are lost: the sex organ itself actually can decrease in size. With all of these symptoms coming together in a man with signs of low T, he may truly feel that life as he knew it is over.
Fortunately, a man does not have to accept this situation. Modern medical research has shown that low testosterone symptoms can be reversed and gains made in many of the affected areas by several means. Hormone replacement therapy can make a huge difference, supplements that help the body make more testosterone and utilize it more efficiently have been proven effective, and nutritional changes and exercise can help. Signs of low T don't have to be the end - they can be banished with the right treatments.