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The Real Dangers of Low Testosterone

People often ask about the dangers of low testosterone. Are there in fact any serious dangers?

The dangers of low testosterone — Male patient tells the doctor about his health complaints

Yes, there are potential risks to your health associated with Low T. Let’s talk about two of those first.

Low Testosterone Dangers: Osteoporosis

One of the main dangers of low testosterone is its connection to low bone density, known as hypogonadal osteoporosis.

This low density is a measurement of a person’s weakening skeletal structure, which increases the risk of injury during everyday life.

Such injuries include fractures or breaks from activities or accidents that normally wouldn’t be considered dangerous.

Osteoporosis and bone-density issues are often underestimated in men — they are most often thought of (and associated with) aging women.

However, male hypogonadism has been linked to bone density issues, and TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) has been found in scientific studies as a possible effective treatment to improve bone density in men with hypogonadal osteoporosis.

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Dangers of Low Testosterone: Heart and Pulmonary Issues

This study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism linked low testosterone to a higher risk of death from heart disease and other cardiovascular complications.

There has long been controversy about the potential effects of testosterone replacement therapy on the heart.

However, there is a growing body of evidence pointing to the fact that low testosterone may be bad for your heart and that testosterone replacement therapy may help reduce the risk of heart disease in men with low testosterone.

Dangers of Low Testosterone: Quality of Life

This is where the true negative effects of low testosterone exist — to your quality of life and perception of self-satisfaction.

Low testosterone is known to have effects on your physical appearance, mood, concentration, and general feelings of wellbeing; all of which are aspects of your quality of life and important contributors to a sense of positivity.

Men who undergo testosterone replacement therapy often find improvements in their mood, libido, sex life, concentration, and body composition (more muscle, less fat).

Your physical appearance is an important aspect affecting how you feel about your life. The perception of how you look may factor into your self-esteem and overall sense of satisfaction.

Low testosterone can complicate this satisfaction in a number of ways.

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Dangers of Low Testosterone: Thinning Hair

Irregularly thinning or patchy hair is one possible side-effect of low testosterone that most people would certainly consider negative.

Low testosterone may lead to diffuse body hair loss, and infrequently, to loss of hair on the head.

For instance, if women find themselves needing to shave their legs or armpits less frequently, or if men find that they need to shave their face less, it may be one indicator of low testosterone.

Dangers of Low Testosterone: Weight Gain

Some fluctuation of weight is expected in later life.

However, if you are finding it difficult to control your weight, and mild changes in diet or exercise are not proving effective, low testosterone could be a factor.

Low T and weight gain are linked in a cycle where both make the other worse — Low T contributes to more fat tissue, and a greater amount of fat tissue creates estrogen, which further pushes down testosterone levels.

In short, this cycle must be interrupted somehow in order for weight loss solutions to be effective or long term.

Weight gain can affect your self-image as well as overall health and energy levels, so don’t chalk this drag on your quality of life up to “normal” or “inevitable” when it could just be “common yet treatable.”

Dangers of Low Testosterone: Mood and Concentration

Another one of the dangers of low testosterone is that it can seriously hamper your daily performance at work, in your hobbies, and in your relationships.

Imbalances in testosterone can seriously hinder your body’s ability to regulate mood, possibly resulting in depressive bouts or periods of low mood.

Anxiety or difficulty concentrating are also symptoms of low testosterone.

If you are experiencing difficulties with mood stability and wondering if prescription medication might be the avenue for you, talk to your medical provider about the possibility that your testosterone is low.

TRT might be a more agreeable avenue to feeling like yourself again, especially when compared to taking antidepressants or other psychiatric medications.

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The Dangers of Low Testosterone: Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the more common symptoms of low testosterone — our previous blog post looks at fatigue closely.

Your work ethic is important to you, as is the ability to participate fully in your relationships or to utilize your free time effectively.

Both of these are difficult when you just don’t have the energy.

And on top of that, it’s just hard to feel satisfied with your life or successful in your career if you feel like you’re barely present or not really participating due to chronic fatigue.

Low Testosterone Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

Low testosterone can affect how you look, feel, and perform, but it can also seriously affect your bone and heart health.

While some decline is expected, these symptoms, or dangers, of low testosterone are not necessarily something you have to live with.

These symptoms may be common, but they are far from normal.

Low testosterone can be treated. If you are experiencing symptoms like these and you feel your health or quality of life is being negatively impacted, sign up for a free consult to see if TRT is right for you.

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Glenn Steponaitis, PA-C

Glenn Steponaitis, PA-C began his healthcare career nearly 20 years ago as a medical technician at Seton Medical Center while concurrently earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Texas in Austin.   His interest in medicine lead him down the path of becoming a certified Physician Assistant and achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in this field from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.   Following completion of his schooling, Glenn started a 10 year career in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and in 2010 he began focusing on the medical management of those suffering from symptoms caused by low testosterone after witnessing hormone replacement doctors help Low T sufferers.

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