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Side Effects of Testosterone Loss in Men

Testosterone affects a wide variety of functions in the body, which means a decrease in levels can bring about a multitude of changes, both physical and emotional.

Here’s a few of the most common side effects of low testosterone. For more specific information about hormone loss in men, and to see what options are available, we recommend scheduling a visit with The Age Management Institute‘s premier aging physician, Dr. Mark Gunderson.

Sexual Function

One of the biggest worries faced by men with declining testosterone levels is the possibility that their sexual desire and performance will be affected. As men age, they can experience a number of symptoms related to sexual function that may be a result of lowered levels of this hormone. These include:

  • reduced desire for sex
  • fewer erections that happen spontaneously, such as during sleep
  • infertility

Physical Changes

A number of physical shifts can accompany low testosterone levels. These include:

  • increased body fat
  • decreased strength/mass of muscles
  • fragile bones
  • decreased body hair
  • swelling/tenderness in the breast tissue
  • hot flashes
  • increased fatigue
  • effects on cholesterol metabolism

Sleep Disturbances

Despite that fact that it can cause decreased energy levels, low testosterone can also cause insomnia and other changes in your sleep patterns. Unfortunately, some therapies designed to treat low testosterone can contribute to sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep problem that causes your breathing to stop and start repeatedly.

Emotional Changes

In addition to physical changes, low levels of testosterone can affect you on an emotional level. The condition can lead to feelings of sadness or depression, and an overall decreased sense of well-being. Some people also have trouble with memory and concentration, and lowered motivation and self-confidence.

Don’t Assume

While each of the symptoms above may be a result of a lowered testosterone level, they may also be side effects of normal aging. Other reasons that you might experience some of these symptoms include:

  • a thyroid condition
  • side effects of medications
  • alcohol use

For specific information, we always suggest seeking the advice of a medical professional. Contact Age Management Institute for more information.


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