Low T: Causes and Effects

For men in San Diego with Low T, it can be hard to know which of your symptoms are causing your low testosterone levels, and which show up as an effect of having low testosterone. Sometimes they seem interchangeable, leaving you wondering which health issues you should treat first.

Physical Changes

Testosterone is a critical component in regulating fat metabolism, as well as glucose and insulin. With lower testosterone levels, the body has trouble regulating these functions, which in turn causes an increase in fat cells. Too much fat can also cause testosterone levels to decrease, converting testosterone into estrogen instead. Accordingly, obese men typically have Low T. Testosterone also increases muscle mass, muscle strength and bone density. Older men who are diagnosed with osteoporosis, or bone loss, are also found to have lower than average testosterone levels.

Emotional Impact

Many of the symptoms of Low T are subjective, such as mood swings or feelings of irritability. Men who have been diagnosed with clinical depression are usually found to be testosterone deficient as well. Although doctors have been unable to determine whether Low T is responsible for causing depression, or whether depression depletes testosterone levels, many San Diego men do report that their feelings of depression and moodiness lessen after undergoing testosterone therapy.

Whether your physical and emotional issues are partially caused by Low T, or whether testosterone levels decline because of those issues can be hard to say. What’s clear, though, is that testosterone therapy will bring those Low T levels back up to normal and improve your physical and emotional health, regardless of cause or effect.