A Doctor's View on High and Low Testosterone Levels in Men
Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Testosterone levels in men decline as they age. Symptoms of low testosterone levels in men includes:
- Decline in libido
- More aches and pains in the joints and bones than usual
- Diminished mental aggressiveness
There are advantages and disadvantages for men in having higher than normal testosterone levels in the blood. Treatment for low-T include medications in the form of injections, patches, topical creams, and gels. Some men should not use testosterone therapy.Read the entire Doctor's View
What are low testosterone (Low-T) symptoms and signs?
It is important to distinguish between a normal decline of testosterone levels and hypogonadism.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Change in sleep patterns: insomnia or sleep disturbances
- Physical changes: increased body fat and reduced muscle bulk
- Sexual changes: reduced sexual desires, sexual dysfunction, or infertility
- Emotional changes: decreased motivations, depression
- Worsening of sleep apnea
- Worsening of congestive heart failure
Although testosterone therapy helps with hypogonadism, whether it helps in the reversal or slowing of normal effects of aging and lower testosterone levels is unclear. Several published research articles have conflicting results and more research is needed to make a final determination about the use of testosterone for healthy aging males.