Testosterone is the dominant male hormone. It is responsible for secondary male sex characteristics. That is why if your testosterone is lower than normal, then you can have a number of problems.

Erection Problems

The most well publicized and well-known side effect of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction. It will be a lot harder to get or maintain an erection if you have low T. Testosterone helps produce nitric oxide, which is needed to produce an erection. Many men decide to get hormone replacement therapy when they discover that they have erectile dysfunction. Of course, before getting treatment, it’s essential to take a blood test to determine if low testosterone is really the cause, as ED can also be caused by stress and other factors.

Hair Loss

Many men believe that hair loss is just a natural part of getting older. However, it is often a sign of low T. If you have this problem treated, then your hair may start to grow back. When experiencing baldness that doesn’t seem to have a genetic root in your family, it’s important to have your blood tested to determine the cause, as low testosterone levels can cause much greater damage beyond your hair if you don’t get it treated.

Reduced Muscle Mass

Your muscle mass naturally starts to decline as you get older. However, if your testosterone levels are lower than normal, then your muscle mass will decline more rapidly. The function and strength of your muscles may also start to decrease. This can also increase weight gain and depression, making the muscle loss much more than just a cosmetic problem if left untreated.

Hot Flashes

Many people think that hot flashes only affect women who are going through menopause. This occurs as the result of the decrease in estrogen. However, you are more likely to develop hot flashes if your T levels are lower than normal. Hot flashes can cause you to sweat. They can also make it harder for you to sleep at night.

Increase the Risk of Health Problems

Low T can do a lot more than just affect your sex life, appearance and cause you to experience unpleasant symptoms. It can have a serious impact on your health. Studies have shown that men who have low testosterone are more likely to develop excess fat around their midsection.

This has been linked to many health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. These problems can potentially shorten your lifespan if they are not treated. Bone loss is another problem that is associated with low T. However, it is important for you to not only treat the symptoms. The underlying cause, which is the low T, will have to be treated.

Low T is a health problem that is common in men. If you have this condition, then you are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. You are also more likely to develop hair loss and reduced muscle mass. Furthermore, low T can increase your risk of developing a number of health problems.

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Meghan Belnap

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