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Testosterone, the male sex hormone, is not only responsible for better sex drive and performance in bed but also a host of other things -- muscle mass, bone density, facial and body hair and a baritone. Like other hormone, there could be a dip in testosterone level with age or other physiological changes. Low testosterone level or low T could affect a man's health in various ways, mostly his sex life.
You might not be aware if there is lack or dip in hormone levels till it is too late, but there are signs that could serve as a red flag. Here are a few of them:
Lack of interest in sex: The main function of this hormone is to improve your libido and performance in bed. Low T can make your sex drive go down drastically which isn't a good sign and can be a problem to sustain a long term relationship and establish a physical bond. Here are 11 things that kill your sex drive slowly.
Premature ejaculation: Inability to achieve an erection despite getting into action could be another sign. The hormone stimulates the receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide that is responsible for a man s erection during the act. While other health problems could also be a reason behind premature ejaculation, low testosterone is one of them. Here are three effective techniques to beat premature ejaculation.
Low semen volume: Semen is the milky white fluid that helps in sperm mobility during intercourse and hence help the woman to conceive. Low semen would mean low sperm movement during ejaculation. So if you see that the consistency of your semen is going down after every performance, blame your hormones.
Low sperm count: Testosterone is responsible for sperm production too. More the testosterone secreted by the testes more is the sperm production. Low T leads to a drop in the sperm count that could account for problems in conception for the woman and infertility in the man. Here are eight easy ways to boost your sperm count.
Hair loss: The hormone is also responsible for hair growth. So early balding is one of the signs that you need medical attention for Low T. Here are six causes of excessive hair loss that you should know about.
Lack of muscle mass: Lifting weights is not the only way to build muscle mass. In fact, it is this hormone that is responsible for helping you get big biceps, six pack abs and melt fat. More the testosterone easier it is for you to bulk up and become fit. Exercise does increase your testosterone level, but the effect doesn t last longer. So if you are failing to achieve your fitness goals, it is better to talk to your doctor. Here are 18 causes of muscle weakness that you should know about.
Obesity: Low T is one of the prime reasons for abdominal obesity and metabolic syndrome. Studies show that low levels of testosterone initiate the body to store more fat and hence lead to obesity and other cardiovascular disorders. Know why abdominal obesity is linked to poor performance.
Decrease in bone density: Osteoporosis is not a woman-only condition. Men can also suffer from the same due to low T as the hormone is also responsible for bone strength and density. In fact in older men who suffer from Low T are susceptible to fractures. That is not to say that low T will spare a young man from the consequences of a fall. Here are nine ways to prevent bone density loss.
Depression: This might not be only because of low T, but a lack of sexual desire, obesity, fatigue coupled with low testosterone can trigger depression. Men who are depressed can also face the other symptoms of Low T. Here are eight modern day signs of depression you should know about.
Fatigue: Lack of energy, motivation and sleep could make you fatigued and tired. However, if there aren t any health conditions bothering you, there are chances it could be triggered due to low testosterone which is a cause of worry. Here are 10 reason of constant fatigue.
What you should do:
If you suffer from any of these conditions mentioned above, talk to your general practitioner first. If diabetes or a heart condition is ruled out then, a simple blood test can help you know where you stand on the testosterone scale. The normal testosterone range is from 300-1000 ng/dL, anything lower could be a warning sign, which a blood test can reveal. Treatment for the same might include medications and hormone therapy depending on your condition and your doctor s assessment.
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