If your sex drive isnt as strong as it used to be, you cant focus at work or youre tired all the time, low testosterone could be to blame.
Approximately 4 out of 10 men over age 45 have low testosterone, according to the Urology Care Foundation.
Although it can affect your sex life, some men with the condition also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Low testosterone can also increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism.
If you suspect you have low testosterone, here are 10 are warning signs to keep an eye on and talk about with your doctor.
1. Low libido
Although some men will notice their libido decreases as they get older, the most significant and obvious sign of low testosterone is a sudden decline in sex drive, said Dr. Joseph Alukal, an assistant professor in the departments of urology and obstetrics and gynecology and director of Male Reproductive Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
2. Extra weight
Carrying extra pounds can affect testosterone because fat cells convert testosterone to estrogen, which decreases circulating testosterone, said Dr. Philip Werthman, a urologist and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal in Los Angeles.
Although men who are overweight or obese can have low testosterone, its not clear whether they gain weight because their testosterone is low or if their testosterone is low because theyre overweight. Either way, eating healthy, exercising and losing weight is often enough for them to feel better, he said.
3. Erectile dysfunction
As many as 30 million men have erectile dysfunction and low testosterone could be to blame. In order to get and keep a strong erection, its necessary to have adequate blood flow, circulation, functioning valves, normal sensations and sex drive and testosterone is responsible for all of it, Werthman said.
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