Testosterone is the major sex hormone, produced largely in the testes of men and is responsible for developing the primary and secondary sexual characteristics in males. Development of male sex organs, lean body mass (your muscles) and facial hair all are the result of testosterone production. In addition to the development of the male sex organs, testosterone is also responsible for controlling sexual drive and sexual function, sperm production and fat metabolism.
So, what happens when the body starts producing less Testosterone?
As men reach their mid 20s, just as with the other major hormones the male body produces, the body begins to slow down production of testosterone. This is why, very often, men as young as 30 experience significant symptoms as a result of testosterone depletion. Some of the symptoms associated with testosterone depletion are decreased libido (your sex drive), inability to produce or maintain steady erections, decreased muscle mass, increased levels of body fat, depression, poor concentration, mental cloudiness and suboptimal cholesterol profile.
Here are some things that could be happening to you!
Male hypogonadism is a condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone testosterone — the hormone that plays a key role in masculine growth and development during puberty.
- Feeling tired, fatigued, or weak?
- Feeling or looking older than you are?
- Having a hard time trying to Stay focused?
- Having a hard time getting or staying in shape? • Having sex drive problems or just not interested?
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Decreased energy and strength
- Decreased muscle and increased fat
- Decreased sex drive
- Heart disease and Arteriosclerosis
- Decreased erectile function
- Depression and/or loss of eagerness and enthusiasm
- Irritability (20-25% of men – heard of “grumpy old men”)
- Increased risk of prostate cancer (low testosterone levels increase risk)
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Water retention
- Fat deposits
- Helps Lower Cholesterol
- Increase in Lean Muscle Mass
- Improves Your Quality of Life
- Helps lower anxiety and depression
- Helps to Protect Against Heart Disease
- Increases Energy and Improves Stamina
- Enhances Sex Drive & Improves Sexual performance
- Energy Levels
- Brain Function
- Muscle Density
- Immune System
- Reproduction System
- SEXUAL POWER – Increased sexual potency and frequency
- CHOLESTEROL – Lowered cholesterol levels
- ENERGY – Increased energy, stamina and endurance
- MEMORY – Improved mental functioning and ability
- MOOD – Improved mood and feeling of well-being
- HEART – Protected against heart disease
- CONCENTRATION – Improved concentration and focus
- MUSCLE – Increased muscle strength and mass
The ADAM (androgen deficiency in aging male) Questionnaire was developed in 2006 by the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates to assist in the diagnosis of low testosterone.
- Do you have a decrease in sex drive?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
- Have you lost height?
- Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
- Are you sad and/or grumpy?
- Are your erections less strong?
- Has it been more difficult to maintain your erection throughout intercourse?
- Are you falling asleep after dinner?
- Has your work performance deteriorated recently?A diagnosis of low testosterone is suspected if these are “yes” answers to questions 1 and 7 or to any other three questions. However, the diagnosis of low testosterone is determined by the measurement of testosterone in the body – a simple blood test. In healthy men, total testosterone levels between 300mg/dl and 1000mg/dl are considered normal. When total testosterone is below 300mg/dl a man is considered to be deficient in testosterone or have Low T.