Your penis isn’t the only thing at risk …
(CINDY KUZMA, MEN’S HEALTH)
Testosterone is crucial for building muscle and fueling your sex drive.
Receptors for the hormone exist throughout your body, from your brain to your bones to your blood vessels.
So if you’re low on T, the consequences could extend far beyond the gym and the bedroom.
The symptoms that follow aren’t proof of low testosterone on their own. You’ll need blood tests before your doctor makes a diagnosis.
The good news is, if low T is truly to blame, many of the effects of low testosterone can be reversed or improved with testosterone therapy.
1. Low Testosterone Symptom: Your Sex Drive Disappears.
Perhaps the best-known, quickest, and most common effect of low T is low libido.
Brain areas involved with sexual desire are packed with testosterone receptors.
The hormone fits inside them like a lock inside a key, lighting them up to arouse you. Without it, you’re missing a critical step in the turn-on process.
2. Low Testosterone Symptom: Your Belly Grows.
In one Australian study, men with prostate cancer gained 14 percent more body fat and 22 percent more visceral fat after one year of androgen deprivation therapy, a treatment which turns off testosterone’s effects.
Visceral fat is the deep abdominal fat that forms around your organs and increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Low testosterone may increase the activity of an enzyme involved in turning lipids into visceral fat cells.
3. Low Testosterone Symptom: Your Memory Falters.
In 2015 study from Australia, men whose testosterone levels declined over 5 years also experienced a drop in scores on tests of their mental function and memory.
Areas of the brain important for memory and attention have testosterone receptors.
When not enough testosterone reaches those receptors, your brain may not function as well.