Low Testosterone (LT) Information
low testosterone symptoms are associated with:
• 1- Low sex drive and impotence - as he ages, the man will have less interest in sex, he will have sex less frequently and sex is less enjoyable for a male experiencing lower testosterone symptoms.
Sexual frequency averages 3-4 times a week for the typical man in his twenties, declines to once a week or so in his fifties and to 1-2 times a month in his late seventies.
Along with low sex drive, impotence increases with age and the related lower testosterone levels. Nearly 10% of males over 50 and 40% of males over 70 have impotence problems.
It is also now known that low testosterone symptoms include:
• 2- Fatigue - another of the symptoms of testosterone that is too low is having less energy, constantly feeling tired and run down. Doing a physical activity takes longer with considerably more effort.
If the man is participating in sports, his recovery time takes longer after working out. Because of the general feeling of malise, he may stop working out altogether which can result in even poorer health and lower energy levels.
• 3- Loss of lean muscle - a male that is sedentary will lose about 10% of his muscle each decade. In other words, by the age of 60, a sedentary male will have lost up to 40% of his lean muscle.
The fat burning capacity of muscle is good - 5 extra pounds of muscle will burn calories equivalent to 10-12 pounds of fat per year. On the other hand, as muscle is lost, less muscle and calories are used each day by the man's body which adds to the likelihood of weight gain in the form of fat.
• 4- Fat accumulation and weight gain - the male mid-life increase in body fat and body weight tends to accumulate around the man's middle section, another of the low testosterone symptoms.
As a male gains weight, he has more of himself to carry around with less muscle to accomplish it, leading to more easily experiencing fatigue and general low energy.
• 5- Increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures - a man begins to lose bone mass considerably later in life than a woman on the average. By the time a man reaches his late 60's or early 70's, he's likely caught up with the bone loss experienced by a woman of the same age.
30% of all bone fractures happen to men. When men over 75 suffer a hip fracture, 30% will not survive one year, compared to a 9% mortality rate for women. Low testosterone levels in elderly men are a good predictor of poor bone density test scores and bone loss.
• 6- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease - more and more clinical studies are supporting the conclusion the healthy testosterone levels are necessary for good heart health and avoiding low testosterone symptoms.
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