Testosterone Too Low? How to Tell
Testosterone functions and importance
Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays essential roles in the body. Its function in men is to regulate sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, sperm and red blood cells production, muscle mass and strength. Testosterone secreted in the testicles, and its levels are essential for sexual developments and functions. Without adequate levels of Testosterone in the male body, men become infertile, as Testosterone assists in the event of mature sperm. The pituitary gland manages the production of the hormone Testosterone in the body. After its creation, the hormone moves through the blood.
But when Testosterone drop below the desired levels in the body can lead to conditions like hypogonadism or infertility. Low Testosterone is called Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TD) or Low Testosterone (Low-T). Low-T means as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) whereas normal range typically falls between 300 to 1,000 ng/dL, according to the Food and Drug Administration, but this is determined once you test it. It is normal to experience the symptoms of low Testosterone in the body. But it’s not easily identified the reasons for the deficiency.
So firstly to determine if the Testosterone is low there are few symptoms which can help to identify.
How to determine low Testosterone levels
Below are the signs and symptoms can occur if Testosterone production drastically drops below normal.
1) Low Sex Drive: When Testosterone levels dropdown the urge or desire to have sex vanishes in men, as Testosterone has a crucial role in men libido (the sex drive). They start losing interest in the idea of having intercourse with their partner.
2) Erectile dysfunction: Even though Testosterone is alone not responsible for erection, but it stimulates the receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide trigger chemical reaction that is necessary for erections. Hence, low Testosterone can lead to no prior erections or spontaneous erections.
3) Low semen and sperm production: Testosterone is responsible for the milky fluid that aids in the motility of sperm, and thus the small amount of Testosterone affects the semen and further reduces the sperm count, also decreases the semen and ejaculation during sex, and lower is the count the more infertile a man can get
4) Fatigue: Low Testosterone has reported low energy levels in men. The Low-T can lead to feeling tired the whole day despite a proper diet and sleep. Also decreases the motivation to do physical activities or exercise. So, low Testosterone can lead to extreme fatigue.
5) Loss of muscle mass and bone mass: Testosterone plays a significant role in building muscle and bone mass. So, if the levels are low, there are chances the building of tissue can be slower. It does not necessarily affect the strength or functions but slower the process in the case of bone mass....