According to a report from the Mayo Clinic in 2012, once you reach the age of 20, your testosterone production starts to dip by about one percent each year. Although this may not seem significant, it can have an impact on your overall wellbeing. Here are the four most common warning signs of dropping testosterone levels.
#1 – An Array of Physical Changes
Dropping testosterone levels can cause a variety of physical changes, but not every man will experience these changes – and not to the same degree. They include:
- Decreased body hair;
- Decreased muscle mass;
- Swelling, tenderness, or even soreness in breast tissue;
- Hot flashes;
- Decreased bone density;
- High cholesterol; and
- Increased body fat stores.
Some men may experience all of these changes, and some may only experience a few. Keep in mind that older men tend to experience more physical symptoms than younger men, too.
#2 – Emotional Disturbances due to Dropping Testosterone Levels
Testosterone plays a vital role in emotional wellbeing as well, so it comes as no surprise that a lack of testosterone can cause some emotional symptoms. Many men who are experiencing dropping testosterone levels find that they feel sad more often than usual and that their overall sense of wellbeing is impacted. There are some men who have trouble with motivation and self-confidence, and still others who claim that they lack the memory and concentration they had only a few years before.
#3 – Changes in Sleep Patterns
Testosterone is by far one of the most important hormones in the male body. It has a tremendous effect on a variety of bodily systems, and it can even impact your quality of sleep. In fact, one of the most commonly reported signs of dropping testosterone levels is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. What’s more, some of the modern treatments for low testosterone can make things worse since they have been shown to contribute to sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes people to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. Many men experience changes in sleep patterns starting in their mid to late 30s and never think to attribute it to low testosterone.
#4 – Changes in Sexual Function
Although a 2009 report from the Cleveland Clinic suggested that erectile dysfunction is not commonly caused by a lack of testosterone production, a more recent study from the ADA found that 70% of men who have low testosterone also experienced erectile dysfunction and 63% have a low sex drive. Thus, men who have dropping testosterone levels may experience a lack of sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections, infertility, and perhaps even erectile dysfunction to some degree. Many physicians believe that hormone replacement therapy may help rectify erectile dysfunction and libido changes in men who have low testosterone, as well.
Although you may not notice your dropping testosterone levels at first, these signs and symptoms are surefire indicators that your hormone levels are not where they should be. If they become troublesome, consult with your physician and discuss the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as opposed to traditional therapies.