5 Warning Signs Your Testosterone Levels Are Getting Low

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Low Testosterone Levels Symptoms
Low Testosterone Levels Symptoms

Over the past 30 years, many doctors have focused on a woman’s loss of estrogen at menopause, and were not much concerned about hormone problems in their male patients. But medical experts are starting to recognize that declining testosterone can pose health risks and ruin quality of life in men.

“It’s normal for testosterone levels in men to decrease over time, and until recently we never worried about it too much,” says Frank Welch M.D. Medical Director at AAG Health in Miami, Florida. “But then research showed us that low testosterone and other declining hormones like low HGH can cause low sex drive, bad mood, poor body composition and other medical problems.”

Here are Dr. Welch’s 5 top warning signs of declining testosterone. He cautions that poor lifestyle along with medical conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, can cause these symptoms, so you should consult your doctor if you are suffering from any of them.

1. Weakness: After ruling out other problems losing muscular strength is an indication of low T. “If you no longer have the strength to swing a golf club or tennis racket for the same length of time you used to, or even perform basic chores and home improvements, this can be a sign of a declining T level” said Dr. Welch.

2. Depression: Low testosterone can cause men to suffer terrible depression, says Dr. Welch. “I’ve often seen men who for years have been treated for depression find their mood and well-being lift once the testosterone level is optimized.” he added.

3. Fatigue: “This is a general feeling of tiredness or lack of energy that’s out of the ordinary. It’s a lackluster feeling of having no get-up-and go and causes problems with family and work. Fatigue manifests in several ways. Don’t feel like playing catch with the kids? Taking the dog out for a walk, or having sex with your partner? Could be low T” says Dr. Welch.

4. Low Sex Drive: “A man’s sex drive peaks at 18, and then gradually declines. There is a lot of variation, but if he wanted to have sex two or three times a week, and suddenly, that’s declined to once a month or even less often, that could be an indication of low testosterone,” he said.

5. Erectile dysfunction: “I see a lot of men with true erectile dysfunction, and testosterone therapy can help them to perform,” he said. ED medications, such as Viagra and Cialis, can be used in the short term until testosterone therapy takes effect, he added.

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  1. wbliss
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I am 53 years old and ran the mile in 4:07 when I was in my early 20’s. There are very few younger men that can beat me around a track even today. I can still sprint as fast as I want without ill affect. Viagra and Cialis do absolutely nothing for me since I do not have a circulation problem except give me a headache because my powerful heart can really pump a lot of blood in a hurry. Testosterone therapy is raising my testosterone to normal levels yet I still have ED. There must be other causes besides circulation and low T.

  2. Wayne A. Cooksley
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m 56 – Year’s Old. I’ve try’d Viagra,
    20 Mg. Cialis Prescribed by my Doctor Thay Do NOTHING at all

    My TESTERONE level was Tested at Dr.’s Office January 2013
    Result’s supposed to be Between 250 – 1100 Mine is 631

    pg/ml Between 35.0 – 355.0 Mine was 99.0
    I just can’t get a Erection

    • Dr. Welch
      Posted May 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Mr Cooksley,

      Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED becomes more common as you get older. But male sexual dysfunction is not a natural part of aging.

      Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. It could be low testosterone. If you don’t see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.

      Your doctor can offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. For others there are now injections that can work very well. Getting more exercise, losing weight or stopping smoking may also help.

      A comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan is what is needed.


      Frank J. Welch, MD

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