As men age, they begin to lose testosterone. This loss can start as early as your late 20’s and the loss can be 1% to 3% of your testosterone levels per year.
There are a number of reasons why you start to lose your testosterone. Age has much to do with this loss, but medications we take, the food we eat and our sedentary lifestyles all play a factor in loss of testosterone.
A simple blood test performed by a licensed physician can tell you if you are falling out of the preferred range of testosterone levels. The key is to recognize the early warning signs of low testosterone.
Warning Sign #1 – A decrease in your sex drive Remember when you wanted to have sex all the time? Or when you would get an erection just sitting at the desk in school or your workstation? Now you have a hard time getting it up when you have an opportunity for sex. Welcome to world of men’s aging and low testosterone. Testosterone is the engine of your sex drive. It’s what gives a man the desire to have sex. As we age, this decrease in testosterone starts to eat away at our sex drive. If you find yourself not interested in sex or find other things to do besides have sex, you are probably on the road to low t.
Warning Sign #2 – A lack of energy Testosterone contributes to our energy levels, kind of like gas to the engine of a car. Throughout the day, our body goes through ebbs and flows of energy levels. As you start to deal with stress throughout the day, your testosterone is used up. If you have low t levels, you have less to draw upon. Your body wants to shut down, rest and create more testosterone and give you more energy. If you find yourself losing energy earlier in the day, this is another sign for low t.
Warning Sign #3 – Decrease in strength and endurance As your body ages, it loses it’s ability to recover quickly. You hear it all the time with professional athletes. They retire, more because the body doesn’t respond they way it did in their 20’s. This is part of the natural aging process and is attributed to low testosterone. Warning Sign #4 – Are you adding weight or fat gain? Lack of energy, sleep, strength and endurance cause your body to put on weight or gain fat. Low T doesn’t cause weight gain, but it contributes to the factors that create weight gain. Lack of exercise and movement.
Warning Sign #5 – Problems sleeping or sleeping throughout the night When you sleep your body recovers and rebuilds your testosterone levels. It’s why t levels are highest in the morning. Sleep deprivation contributes to low testosterone. If you find you are not sleeping through the night, then your body is at risk to lower testosterone levels.
Warning Sign #6 – Are you sad or depressed? Depression has many different signs and symptoms. It also has many different solutions. Increasing your testosterone levels is just one of the ways to combat depression. The combination of reduced sex desire, a decrease in strength, adding weight and less energy, contribute to your lack of desire for exercise. When we exercise endorphins are released into our body that help combat sad feelings or depression. It’s why exercise is often recommended for those battling depression. If you find you are experiencing more sadness and depression, this may be a sign for low testosterone.
Warning Sign #7 – Are your erections less strong? Fixing your low t won’t fix ED, but it does help keep desire going and that has an impact on the strength of your erections. If your sex drive is reduced, you aren’t going to be as excited to have sex. Your brain isn’t going to activate as strongly to make the body react.As your drive increases, so does the strength firmness of your erections.
Warning Sign #8 – Are you experiencing an overall decline in health? As you age, your body starts to break down. This is not a phenomenon reserved for athletes. It happens to us all. As one part breaks down, another seems to go as well. By keeping your testosterone levels up, your body has more energy and resources to repair itself.
Warning Sign #9 – Do you fall asleep after dinner? You eat a huge dinner, push away from the table and go to the couch. Before you know it, 3 hours have passed and you crawl back into your bed. This is the double whammy. Your body is already depleted of testosterone, which makes you sleepy and less energetic. Then you have a full stomach and your blood rushes to digest the food. Your body has to shut down and recover. By increasing your testosterone levels to an acceptable level, your body won’t have to fight on two fronts to stay awake.
Warning Sign #10 – Do you get less done at work? Your ability to focus on a task and have the energy to work is directly related to your testosterone levels. Think back to your ability to get work done, stay focused and have the energy to finish and that will give you an indication if you are at risk for low t.
To see if you are experiencing low testosterone, take the ADAMS score quiz above. There are numerous ways to increase your testosterone. The key is to work with a physician who deals in testosterone treatments on a daily basis.