8 Warning Signs of Low Testosterone

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Guys like to make jokes about testosterone, but testosterone deficiency is no laughing matter. The latest research suggests that guys without enough of the hormone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.

Health Worries

A lack of testosterone can sometimes have long-term, serious effects on the body. In men with low levels, the bones can become weak, potentially causing a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis makes people considerably more prone to injury.
One study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also linked low testosterone to a higher risk of death from heart disease and other causes.

Testosterone helps maintain a number of important bodily functions in men, including:
• sex drive
• sperm production
• muscle mass/strength
• fat distribution
• bone density
• red blood cell production

Because testosterone affects so many functions, its decrease can bring about significant physical and emotional changes that can be distressing.

A simple blood test can reveal whether a guy has low “T,” but there are plenty of other clues that a problem exists, as you will see.

Low Sex Drive

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Testosterone is what fuels a man’s sex drive. If he is low on “T,” he is likely to become less interested in having sex. Testosterone is what’s responsible for “the grrrr” factor.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erections are triggered by the body’s release of a tiny molecule called nitric oxide. But testosterone is what’s needed to trigger this release, and if there’s not enough of it, well, nothing much happens down below.

Fatigue

It’s perfectly normal for any of us to feel tired at the end of a busy day. But guys with low “T” feel completely depleted, and feel like their “tank is empty.”

Decreased Energy

In addition to feeling severe fatigue, guys with low testosterone can lose their drive, motivation and initiative for life and living. Often these men who used to be up and at ‘em’ all day long are sidelined on the sofa.

Mood Problems

Even if they are not experiencing clinical depression, men with low testosterone often feel down or ‘blue’. They feel less optimistic than they used to feel and life just seems to lose its sparkle. Some men with low testosterone also have trouble with memory and concentration.

Irritability

We can blame low testosterone for causing men to be grouchy and irritable. Sometimes the problem is more apparent to friends, family members and colleagues – than to the men themselves. A man might say he’s fine, but the people around him know otherwise.

Reduced Muscle Mass

It’s not like they become weaklings, but guys with low testosterone often feel that they are not as strong as they once were. Some men actually notice shrinkage in their arm and leg muscles, and in their chest. One way to check this is to stand side on to a mirror and look at your upper thighs. Do they look thinner than they used to look?

If so this is one of the signs of lost muscle mass. It’s why aging men (women too) can take on the look of a spider with a big abdomen and thin arms and legs.

More Body Fat

Low testosterone often results not only in reduced muscle mass, but also in increased body fat. Some guys add weight around the middle; others can develop chest fat, a.k.a “man boobs.”

It’s the fat INSIDE the abdomen that is so very dangerous. It wraps itself around the inner working machinery spewing a cocktail of nasty chemicals into them causing them damage and setting the stage for disease.

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Even if you still weigh the same on the bathroom scales or are slim and trim you can still have this fat hidden inside your abdomen. If you eat the wrong types of foods and too much of them and don’t do enough muscle building and maintaining activity you are very likely to have it.

The Good News

The very good news is you can deal to this fat with the right type of exercise and ditching the processed “non-nutrient foods” and reduce your disease risk after just a few months.

Dietary and exercise changes, particularly limiting sugar/fructose, (research shows glucose (sugar) decreases testosterone levels in the blood by as much as 25 percent), eating healthy saturated fats and engaging in strength training exercise can be very effective at boosting testosterone levels naturally.

More good news is that exercise not only can rebuild lost muscle mass but also improves mood and stimulates brain chemicals that help you feel happier and more confident. Exercise also boosts energy and endurance and helps you sleep better. All that can help with your sex drive and sexual performance, too.

So, I hope you can see how just a few lifestyle changes may be all you need to re-energize body and spirit. If I can help you achieve this health upgrade just go back to the home page and get started on the Strong Men Stay Young program. I can promise you, with hand on heart that you and the people that love you will never regret it for an instant.

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