About Low Testosterone
As you age, it may feel like that you’re losing your drive for the things you love. You may be prone to changes in mood. In men, this could be attribute to decreased testosterone levels. But what does that really mean, and how does that affect men?
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone responsible for everything from the development of the male reproductive tissues, to the development of muscles, to the growth of body hair and the male sex drive. It is mainly produced in the testicles of males; however, a small amount of testosterone is produced by the adrenal glands. While the production of testosterone peaks during puberty, the amount that the body produces begins to decline from age 30. For more information on the causes and symptoms of low testosterone, please refer to their corresponding pages on our website.
How does ageing affect testosterone levels?
Testosterone levels in men peak between the ages of 20 – 30 years. As men age there is a gradual drop in testosterone levels. Some men may experience a greater drop in testosterone levels as they age, especially if they are overweight or have other long-term medical problems.
Some Effects of Testosterone
- Growth and maturation of prostate, and other male sex organs
- Development of male hair distribution such as facial hair
- Changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution
- Sex drive and sexual function
- Mood and energy level
- Bone strength
The loss of testosterone, as a man ages, is a regular finding in medicine. Many men experience an average loss of 1% of their testosterone per year, simply from factors associated with the production. This percentage does not take into account other factors that may affect the production of this hormone.
- Decreased energy
- Decreased sex drive
- Poor concentration
- Loss of body hair
- Erectile dysfunction
- Increased breast size (Gynecomastia)
- Increased body fat
- Emotional changes
- Changes in sleep patterns
Symptoms may vary depending on your age. These symptoms may be similar to symptoms in other medical conditions, so it is important to talk with a doctor.
Possible Treatment Side-Effects
- Increased body hair
- Increased acne
- Signs of virilisation
- Muscle gain
- Persistent headaches
- Increased appetite
- Deepening of the voice
- Too frequent or persistent erections of the penis