How to Know if You Have a Testosterone Deficiency

When it comes to men’s health, testosterone plays a surprisingly large role in a number of areas of your health, from sexual health to muscle mass. In fact, if your testosterone levels dip, the results can impact your physical and mental health in significant ways.

At First Med Marin, under the experienced direction of Dr. Barry Landfield, our team provides premium health care to all members of the family, and we understand that men and women have very different health concerns. As men’s health experts, we understand the unique concerns that come with the gender, and one of the issues that crops up frequently is testosterone deficiency. 

Here’s a look at some of the signs that your testosterone levels may be low.

Testosterone 101

In order to better understand the effects of a testosterone deficiency (TD), it’s helpful to step back and take a look at the role this hormone plays in your health. While both men and women produce testosterone, the levels are far higher in men, which is why it’s referred to as the “male” hormone. Your testosterone is mainly produced by your testicles, and it governs your:

As you can see by this list, these tiny hormones cast a wide net over your health, so when there’s a deficit, the results can be widespread.

Recognizing the signs of testosterone deficiency

If your testosterone levels, which should range from 300-1,000 nanograms per deciliter, fall below 300, you may experience one or more of the following:

Often, men report simply “not feeling like themselves” which is our cue to test hormone levels.

How testosterone deficiency develops

Since testosterone plays a considerable role in male development and reproductive health, the levels are typically highest between puberty and middle age. As men grow older, testosterone production naturally declines, but the drop is gradual and usually doesn’t have a large impact on your health. In the United States, two men in 100 have a testosterone deficiency, and these numbers tend to reflect age — 1% of younger men are testosterone deficient while up to 50% of men over the age of 80 have TD

That said, TD is on the rise because the condition is linked with obesity and diabetes, two health problems that are quite prevalent in the United States. In fact, 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and 1 in 3 Americans are considered obese.

Of course, there are other conditions that can lead to TD, such as cancer or injury to your testicles. 

It’s also important to note that TD is the extreme. It’s possible you may be suffering from lower-than-normal testosterone levels that don’t quite fall into TD, but they still can have an effect on your quality of life.

Whatever the cause of your low testosterone, rest assured that we can help you find a solution, such as testosterone replacement therapy.

If you suspect your testosterone levels may be low, please contact our office in Greenbrae, California, so that we can investigate the problem together.

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