It’s really important to understand that low testosterone is a symptom of other hormonal imbalances in the body. For instance, testosterone is synthesized from DHEA. DHEA is synthesized from Pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is synthesized from circulating LDL cholesterol (believe it or not!). People who have low testosterone levels often get testosterone injections from their doctors. While the testosterone injections will provide some noticeable symptom relief, they fail to uncover and treat the root cause for why their testosterone levels are too low in the first place. Thus, the underlying condition remains and if left untreated can worsen. Additionally, if the injections are stopped, the low testosterone symptoms will reappear since the problem was never truly resolved, only masked.
Below is a list of symptoms associated with low testosterone:
- Changes in sexual function. This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility.
- Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances.
- Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and hair loss are possible. You may experience hot flashes and have less energy than you used to.
- Emotional changes. Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
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