Most men have no clue until it’s too late.
Sure, it’s all good when you’re in your roaring 20s.
But as you get older, your sex drive takes a nosedive if you don’t keep your testosterone levels high.
Testosterone is the most vital hormone in men, especially when it comes to reproduction and physical wellness.
It helps form a man’s muscles, his voice, and even puts hair on his chest.
The average man’s testosterone levels naturally decreases as he enters his 30s.
However, a drastic drop in testosterone can lead to a super low libido AKA your sex drive.
But how do you know that your testosterone levels have sunken too low?
These 7 alarming signs are telltale signs that your T-levels needs a boost ASAP.
#1 Erectile Dysfunction
If your sex drive is jacked up, your little guy probably isn’t performing his job correctly.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affect millions of men around the world.
At least 40% of men in their 40s are affected by it. Recent research shows that 75% of men with ED do not seek treatment.
ED could be a result of high stress, issues in your personal relationship, or low self-esteem.
But the biggest cause of this affliction is low T-levels.
When your testosterone plummets, it take your erection with it.
As you can imagine, when it’s tough to get erect, your desire for sex goes bye bye.
Dealing with depression not only affects your mood, but T-levels as well.
And you just found out that low T-levels affects your sex drive, right?
Well, people with depression experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, including sex.
So depression and low testosterone work in tandem to keep the fun and excitement out of your bedroom.
#3 Hair Loss
Balding is not a pleasant experience for guys. While genetics and aging plays a role in it, the root cause of hair loss for many men is low testosterone.
In fact, low T-levels can speed up the hair loss process and cause it to not only affect hair growth on your head, but on your face and body too.
#4 Sleep Issues
Not getting enough zzz’s will leave your T-levels waning.
It’s been well-documented how not getting enough sleep negatively affects a person’s wellbeing. But many guys aren’t aware that poor sleep habits shoots down their testosterone levels as well as their sex drive.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience lower testosterone levels, affecting their sex drive.
On the other hand, a man’s sleeping issues could be due to low testosterone. Low T-levels can cause extreme fatigue, which may lead to insomnia or other sleep disorders.
And speaking of fatigue…
#5 Lack Of Energy
Most men chalk up low energy levels to getting older. While age does play a significant role, low T-levels is likely the real culprit.
How do you know your energy levels are dangerously low? When you get 7-8 hours of sleep and still feel like crap.
Another low energy sign is when you don’t feel like doing anything activity-related such as walking, lifting weights, and yes, even sex.
#6 Taking Prescription Drugs
Did you know that taking certain medications can lower your T-levels?
Diminishing testosterone levels can be a side effect of certain prescription medications.
The following types of prescription drugs have been known to lower a man’s testosterone:
- Opioids such as morphine and codeine
- Spironolactone (used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure)
- Cimetidine (used to treat GERD or people dealing with gastro issues, ulcers, and heartburn)
- Ketoconazole (used to treat fungi and yeast infections such as athlete’s foot)
- Some antidepressants
So if you have been on (or currently on) any of these prescription drugs for a lengthy period of time, your T-levels may have taken a hit.
#7 You Might Need To Lose Weight..
When a man has a high amount of body fat on his frame, his testosterone definitely won’t be at an all-time high.
In fact, they are probably declining each day he is obese or overweight.
Being obese or extremely overweight throws your hormones out of whack. It affects your metabolism and the way your body burns or stores fat. This all leads to lower T-levels.
Another thing about this is it also affects your estrogen levels (Yes, men has estrogen too). When your estrogen is off balanced, this may lead to body fat accumulating in your chest. (Yes, the dreaded man boobs).
Also, being obese may lead you towards a whole new set of problems: Chronic disease.
Many health studies show that obesity increases the chances of a person developing a chronic illness (e.g. heart disease, cancer). Certain illnesses, such as cancer, can reduce your sperm production counts since your body mainly focuses on getting through the day.
And in case you’re wondering, nearly all chronic diseases lower T-levels too.
These 7 signs are worrisome for not just your testosterone levels, but your overall health. So if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, go to the doctor ASAP to determine if your T-levels are super low.