Your body is sending you signals. You may not be getting them, or you may be choosing to ignore them. Either way, they are there in some form or another. People face many conditions of diseases because they can’t diagnose them in time and can’t treat them. You may feel tired, depressed, or have brain fog if your hormones are off. Low testosterone in men has been found to be a risk factor for developing both Alzheimer’s and dementia because it contributes to brain changes which result in cognitive problems. Though there are things you can about that.
Hormone levels can affect your personality and your libido. They can even affect the way you look and live your life. Many men do not even think about checking their hormones until it’s too late.
Make sure your doctor understands you might have low testosterone. You may need further testing and evaluation. It’s important for you and your doctor to know whether testosterone is causing your symptoms because this may lead to more appropriate treatments — such as replacement therapy with gel, patches, or injections — which can improve your sex drive and ability to get an erection.
Your doctor will also check for complications of low testosterone, such as bone loss (osteoporosis) and pituitary gland problems that cause reduced levels of the hormone prolactin. So, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time for you to get tested.
If you feel tired all the time, it may be because your body is not producing enough testosterone to give you the energy you need. You may also start eating more sugar or junk food to energize yourself for the day. But that does not mean that your hormones are balanced or that your are well-rested and ready to go either.
You should not equate tiredness with low testosterone levels. However, if you can see that your tiredness issues came about around the same time as your other symptoms, then it might be worth having a conversation about it. Make sure you consult a provider who is experienced in diagnosing and working with patients who have low T. They will be able to investigate all of your symptoms either together or separately, so that you can get the treatment you need.
If this sounds like something familiar, then at least speak up to your provider about it.
Many things can cause hair loss, including genetics and stress, but low T can speed up the process too. If balding or thinning hair runs in your family, there probably isn’t much you could do about it, but if not, it might be time to talk to your doctor about checking your levels.
Hair loss can be an early sign of low T, and it’s also one that men rarely notice. In fact, once your hair starts to thin or fall out just a little bit, you may not even care enough to go the doctor about it.
But if you have been noticing more of your hair in the drain after showering or combing your hair than normal, then you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. When you go, just let them know that it is something that concerns you and has been getting worse over time. It’s important because if they don’t take it seriously or dismiss it as unimportant right away, you may decide not to mention the symptoms again and will probably never get a proper diagnosis.
Memory Loss & Forgetfulness
Testosterone helps you to think clearly and focus on the task at hand. If you are having issues focusing in the gym or other parts of your life, that could signify that something is wrong with your testosterone levels. So, try and speak up about these issues and see if they can help in some way.
Men naturally have more muscle mass than women, so when men start losing muscle mass, it’s typically faster than it would be for a woman doing the same. It can lead to major problems such as osteoporosis which is another problem that can be solved with proper testosterone levels. So, if you are having issues gaining muscle or even maintaining the muscle that you have, you need to look at how your hormones are doing.
Low Sex Drive
If you are not interested in sex, then something might be wrong. Whether it’s physical problems with your body or mental/emotional obstacles in your mind, there is always a reason for these things. Low T can cause both problems in the bedroom and outside of it, but since people don’t talk about sex as much as they should, they suffer through major issues without anyone knowing about it.
Depression & Mood Swings
Testosterone is a hormone that helps to balance moods and emotions. Individuals who experience mood swings should look into their testosterone levels because it could be the cause of this irregular behavior. Abnormally high testosterone levels can also lead to aggression and lust. If you find yourself crying one moment and the next attacking everyone in sight, then you should get your testosterone levels checked.
Do you think you might have low testosterone? If so, then do not be afraid to get tested for it. It’s important that you at least talk about your symptoms with your doctor and see if they agree that there really is something wrong. Always remember that there is no need to be embarrassed. It’s not your fault that you have these symptoms, and it doesn’t mean anything about who you are as a person. This will help you feel better about asking for more testing and maybe even taking medication if recommended by the doctor.