Nearly 40 percent of men over the age of 45 have abnormally low testosterone levels. Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is important for sexual and reproductive development. In fact, the National Institutes of Health consider it the most important male hormone.
What is the difference between low testosterone and hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism is a dysfunction of the testicles in which the body is unable to produce the right amount of testosterone. In older men, it is important to determine if low testosterone is due to the decline associated with aging or hypogonadism. This condition can be present from birth but may not show up until puberty. It is commonly due to a problem with the testicles or the pituitary gland that controls the testicles.
Why is testosterone important?
Testosterone plays an important role throughout a male’s entire lifetime. This hormone is involved in the development of male sex organs before birth and certain characteristics at puberty like voice deepening, increased penis and testes size and facial hair growth. In adulthood, testosterone is important for libido, sperm production, red blood cell production and the maintenance of muscle mass. For these reasons, and more, testosterone is considered an important hormone for the overall health and well being in men.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Testosterone naturally decreases in males as they age, however low testosterone may affect certain physical characteristics like:
- Decreased libido
- Decreased testes size
- Difficulty achieving or maintaining erection
- Hair loss
- Increased breast size
- Loss of bone density
- Loss of muscle mass
- Lowered sperm count
Low testosterone may cause mental or emotional changes as well, which include:
- Diminishing ability to concentrate
- Energy levels
If you are a male over the age of 24 and have unexplained physical or mental issues like the ones noted above, you may be suffering from low testosterone or hypogonadism. Call SynergenX at 888-219-7259 and ask us about hormone replacement therapy in Texas and Illinois.