5 Signs You May Have a Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone gradually dips with age, but some men experience abnormally low levels. In fact, testosterone levels can fall earlier than you may think. Did you know that 25% of men ages 30-45 and nearly 40% of men over age 45 have a testosterone deficiency? And that figure jumps significantly for men over age 65.

Low testosterone levels can negatively impact your overall health and well-being. The good news is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can restore your levels to normal, so you can feel like yourself again.

If you suspect your testosterone levels are off, men's health specialist Rolando Alvarez, MD, and our team can perform an evaluation of your hormone levels with a simple blood test. At PharmXHealthOne, we offer the latest in age management medicine, and we also provide top-quality primary care and weight management guidance. Many men report noticing an improvement in how they feel within weeks of initiating treatment. You may have a testosterone deficiency if you have any of these warning signs.

1. Sluggish sex drive

A testosterone deficiency can not only zap your interest in sex, but it can also interfere with your ability to get and maintain an erection and also diminish satisfaction. Men with lower-than-normal testosterone levels are more likely to report sexual dysfunction and reduced sexual desire. Men who receive TRT generally report an improvement in sexual function and sexual gratification.

2. Lack of energy and stamina

Low energy and lack of stamina are common complaints of men with a testosterone deficiency. When testosterone levels are too low, you may notice that you lack the motivation you used to have.

Perhaps you're struggling to get through workouts, or you no longer feel interested in activities you used to enjoy. If you've noticed that your energy levels just aren't what they used to be, it may be time to check your testosterone levels.

3. Weight gain and loss of lean mass

Low testosterone levels can have an impact on your body composition, increasing body fat — particularly around the midsection — and reducing lean mass. Testosterone influences where your body stores fat and how much lean mass you retain.

You need adequate testosterone levels to build and keep your muscles strong. If you don't feel as strong as usual, and you've noticed the scale going up, you should check your testosterone levels. Men with low testosterone levels commonly experience improved body composition when they receive TRT.

4. Mood or personality changes

Fluctuations in mood can be normal depending on a number of factors, including life stressors. However, a persistently low mood, moderate or severe irritability, and changes in personality may be a sign that your testosterone levels are too low for your body's needs. If you're feeling grumpy, stressed, or depressed, you should check your testosterone levels.

5. Productivity and focus problems

Hormones can have a profound impact on your cognitive function. Men with testosterone deficiency are more likely to complain of difficulty sustaining attention, problems finishing tasks, and other issues involving executive function.

This can have a major impact on your work performance and ability to accomplish normal day-to-day tasks. The good news is that TRT has helped lift the cloud for many men, so you can feel sharp and productive again.

To see if you have a testosterone deficiency and to learn about your treatment options, book an appointment online or over the phone with PharmXhealthOne today.

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