The low side of testosterone, for him

Low testosterone is a fairly common issue for men, causing a lot of side effects that might make men hard to live with for you. And because few men go to their healthcare providers without a nudge from a woman who loves them, I wanted to cover this common issue.

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles. This hormone helps to maintain a man’s bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, and sex drive. Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. (Which may explain why your son is acting the way he does.) As a man ages, his testosterone levels gradually decline—to the tune of about 1% per year after age 30.

As men age, low testosterone can cause some unwanted changes. The good news for men is there is FDA-approved treatment for low testosterone. A doctor can prescribe testosterone in patches, gels and other formulations.

Here are the signs you might you notice in your guy if his testosterone is low:

  1. Change in sexual function and reduced sexual desire
  2. Insomnia
  3. Physical changes like weight gain, less muscle mass, hot flashes and less energy
  4. Emotional changes are a very big indicator of low testosterone; look for signs like reduced motivation, lower self-confidence, and depression or sadness without a known cause

The good news is that there are answers. A simple blood test to determine testosterone levels helps a doctor diagnose this issue.

So if you’re seeing the signs above in your man, nudge him toward getting a blood test. It may provide good answers to a treatable problem.

If you have questions about low testosterone — or any other health concern — call 317-338-4-HER to talk to a registered nurse or use this form to talk to me directly.

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