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Symptoms Of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone levels, popular known as “low T,” can affect men and women alike.

Low TestosteroneTestosterone, is regarded as the primary sex hormone in men, and is produced primarily in the testicles.

Testosterone causes men to develop a deep voice, large muscles, and body hair. It is also essential for the production of sperm.

A fall in the levels of testosterone in men has negative impact, both physically and psychologically.

According to medicinenet.com, in general, the normal levels of testosterone in healthy men range from about 270 to 1070 ng/dL with an average level of 679 ng/dL.

Moreover, some researchers suggest that the healthiest men have testosterone levels between 400 – 600 ng/dL.

The normal range is broad and varies by age. In older men, the lower end of “normal” may be lower than in younger men.

Levels of testosterone in the male body rise during and after puberty, then gradually decrease after age 30.

Male hypogonadism — a condition in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone may be present from birth or may develop later in life as a consequence of injury or infection.

In addition, it may occur as a result of problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland, which controls the testicles, being obese, having medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases or type 2 diabetes, or using drugs including alcohol or opioids.

The website, everydayhealth.com lists the following as some of the symptoms of “low T.”

In infants, symptoms of hypogonadism include:

  • Ambiguous genitalia
  • Female genitalia (in a genetically male child)
  • Underdeveloped male genitalia

In boys around the age of puberty, symptoms include:

  • Lack of muscle mass development
  • No deepening of the voice
  • Lack of facial and body hair
  • Slow increase in size of penis and testicles
  • Arms and legs that grow out of proportion to the rest of the body

In men, symptoms of hypogonadism include:

  • Infertility
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Sparse facial or body hair
  • Growth of breast tissue

As the level of testosterone in the body decreases with age, men may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep patterns

However, these symptoms are nonspecific, meaning they can be caused by many other factors, not just low testosterone.

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