As men age, their testosterone levels begin to decrease, usually at a rate of about 1% per year after the age of 30. Since testosterone affects key issues in men’s health, such as bone density, muscle strength and muscle mass, sex drive, and fat distribution, low T can lead to problems that might include the following:
- Reduced sexual functions: men with low T may experience a lower sexual desire and fewer spontaneous erections.
- Emotional shifts: low T may cause depression or lack of motivation in older men.
- Physical changes: decreased energy may occur, in addition to lower muscle strength and diminished bone density.
- Sleep issues: men developing low T may encounter problems with insomnia.
The Benefits of Hormone Therapy
If you are experiencing the issues associated with low T, the first step to take is to visit your doctor to be sure that low T is your problem. Other medical conditions such as depression or heart disease can create similar symptoms. Your doctor can order a blood test to definitively determine if you are suffering from low T.
After you are sure that low T is the problem, you can begin considering your options for hormone therapy.
Many men undergoing hormone therapy enjoy a renewed sex drive, a more positive outlook on life, restored energy throughout the day, and increased concentration.