Get your testosterone checked regularly.
Guys – when you are getting your thyroid levels checked, have your testosterone checked as well. If you have no low testosterone, you may not even realize it. However, once it becomes regulated, you will ask yourself how you ever lived with your levels being low. Testosterone is a hormone that acts as the primary sex hormone in men. It is produced by the male testicles and the female ovaries. Testosterone levels in men increase during and after puberty, dropping again after about age 40. Testosterone causes the deeper voice, bigger muscles, body hair, and other primarily male features. Where low levels of testosterone are more common if you’re over the age of 40, any man that has hit puberty can experience difficulties. How do you know if you have low testosterone? Here are a the side effects:
- Sexual dysfunction (unable to maintain erections)
- Reduced sex drive (reduced sexual activity)
- Decreased energy
- Loss of body hair, reduced shaving
- Depressed mood
- Increase in body fat
- Decrease in bone strength
- Reduced muscle mass
If you have any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. You may have low T. A simple blood test could make a giant difference in your life. A testosterone test checks the level of this male hormone (androgen) in the blood. Testosterone affects sexual features and development. In men, it is made in large amounts by the testicles. In both men and women, testosterone is made in small amounts by the adrenal glands, and in women, by the ovaries.