Low testosterone does not discriminate due to your age. In all my previous articles, I pretty much focused on men over the age of 50. The reality is, men at any age can end up with low testosterone. In this article I will tell you about all ages after age 30 and the symptoms related to each in relationship to Low T.
Let’s start with the general symptoms of Low T.
General Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men.
Testosterone is known as the ‘hormone that turns a boy into a man’. A man’s testosterone level has a lot to do with their sexual orientation and behavior. Males with good testosterone levels typically have broad shoulders that look like a sculpture model, have a more active metabolism than women, and they possess the ability to procreate. This is just a small list of testosterone functions in the male body; more later in the article. The normal level of testosterone in males is 11-33 nmol per liter or 300 – 1200 nanograms per deciliter of blood, depending on the test performed.
Levels of a male’s testosterone that is less than 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood is considered deficient. Reduction of testosterone levels occurs naturally and gradually in males, as they age. Most males don’t have obvious symptoms of low testosterone. Many are capable of sexual activity, but could experience frequent fatigue, sleep deprivation and many other signs that they don’t know are related to low T. Many men, will over time see muscle tissue begin to be replaced by fat, and develop a fat belly.
Men with testosterone levels that are 10-12% lower than normal, tend to be more feminine, softer in their attitudes and are generally more sensitive. On the other hand, men with testosterone levels that are 10-12% higher than normal tend to be more aggressive and are easily angered. Body builders taking steroids are in this group.
What are the Main Functions or a Male’s Testosterone?
Besides what I mentioned in the first paragraph, here is a more detailed list of testosterone’s jobs:
1. Increase muscle mass
2. Help burn fat
3. Keep our metabolism activated
4. Helps to maintain bone strength (so they don’t get brittle)
5. Protects against cardiovascular and other diseases
6. Provides for our sexual characteristics and a man’s erection
7. Controls sperm generation and its ability to fertilize
8. Maintain an active libido.
9. Helps us to live a longer life and maintain our youthful vigor
10. Helps men maintain a positive attitude
11. Forms male characteristics: aggressive, active, enterprising, unregulated, fearless, reckless, prone to adventures and creativeness. Not sure I agree with all these
Low Testosterone can be Age Specific.
Insufficient testosterone in men, many times is caused by age-related changes or genetics. Testosterone shortage is frequent in older men, especially over 50. After puberty and up to 30 years, the androgen level in blood is the highest. After 30, the level of testosterone decreases slowly by about 1-2% yearly. After males turn 50, testosterone production slows down and even stops in unhealthy men.
Additional reasons for the lack of testosterone in men can be related to:
- Hazardous or unhealthy habits, including smoking, alcohol abuse or drugs that destroy the hormonal system.
- Anxiety or stress.
- Lifestyle decisions, including long-term abstinence, lack of adequate physical activity or exercise, obesity, poor diet or not enough sleep.
Reduced levels of testosterone, called hypogonadism, lead to a chain reaction in the body. Testosterone is needed to maintain normal levels of elasticity in the collagen fibers in the hollow tissue and for the blend of nitric oxide, which is essential to the normal full erection. Without proper amounts of testosterone and nitric oxide, many men will have erectile dysfunction (ED).
Superficially, the decline of testosterone levels manifests itself as decreased libido, ejaculation and orgasm issues or disorders and erectile dysfunction. It is also a major cause of infertility in men. Less likely but still possible are other physical issues, such as osteoporosis, gynecomastia (man boobs), anemia, obesity, diabetes and reduced physical strength and muscle mass.
Starting at age 30 and up, the symptoms of low testosterone can be different.
What are the Age Specific Symptoms of Low T?
Age 30 – 35 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
After arriving at the age of 30, most men start experiencing a gradual decline in testosterone levels. On average, after 30, a man loses up to ten percent in testosterone levels every ten years or one to two percent every year. The symptoms of low testosterone in men over 30: sexual activity decreases. A recent study also suggests a link between low testosterone in men over 30 and beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. With a lack of testosterone, the blood rushes to brain worse and this causes problems with mental activity.
Age 35 – 40 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
Most men feel the symptoms of hormonal imbalance starting from 35 years. Fertility in men declines steadily after the age of 35. Low testosterone level is characterized with a steady decrease in levels of androgens, the male sex hormones. It is accompanied by the deterioration of the quantitative and qualitative sperm indicators, sexual desire (libido) and sexual performance (the size and firmness of your erection).
Age 40 – 45 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
After 40 the androgen level falls to around fifteen percent and you could start seeing all the possible symptoms of low testosterone. Effects of low testosterone in men over 40 are noticed as the size and strength of muscles diminish. With low testosterone in males over 40, the shape of our figure loses its former appeal. Fat shows up in places we don’t want it; in the abdomen, thighs and chest (yep, man boobs may begin to appear). In turn, the symptoms of low testosterone in men over 40 including obesity and endocrine disorders, lead to the development of diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, impotence and ultimately, impairs the quality of life.
Age 45 – 50 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
Men past the age of 45 often acquire a specific group of diseases. More than 50% of men in this age group have a weakening male sexual power; erectile dysfunction as one of the main symptoms of low testosterone in men over 45. Sexual Potency is affected by many different factors, such as nutrition, stress, irregular sexual life, bad habits, and other issues. Another disease that often occurs in men in this age category is an inflammation of the prostate. In addition to sexual issues, the men aged 45+ face the menacing problems of the cardiovascular system – stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis, and more.
Age 50 – 55 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
Researchers have found that as much as 25% of men over age 50, have symptoms of low testosterone. Low libido and erection problems are the two most common low testosterone symptoms in men over 50. Other symptoms of low testosterone in men over 50 are not so obvious, unless you know what to look for. For example, fatigue, trouble concentrating, depression and irritability can also be symptoms of low testosterone in men over 50.
Symptoms of low testosterone in men over 50 are many times unnoticed. These are changes in muscle mass, libido and mood swings, which most men ignore, or think are just part of getting old. This is not true if you stay healthy in your 50s. The causes of low testosterone in men over 50 are the same as previously mentioned with the added factor of just getting older. The age of 50 and beyond is typically when testosterone treatments start being recommended, because that is when the studies show treatment to be most useful to men.
Prior to age 50, low testosterone treatments are not recommended at first, because at the earlier ages, there is usually some other medical issue causing low t.
Age 55 – 60 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Males:
The level of testosterone continues to drop slowly as you age, and as you get closer to 55 it can become critically low, leading to a decrease of libido, which causes sexual tension. But the ability to get an erection persists for a long time in a healthy man, almost all his life, but over the years it is much weaker. As most men get older, they need more time to achieve a full erection and the angle and firmness of the erection is still less than in his teens.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men Over 60:
By the age of 60 a man’s testosterone level has decreased to only 70 – 80 percent of what it was in the lower years. At this stage of a man’s life, ‘male menopause’ or andropause, is the normal cause of low testosterone. The main symptoms of low testosterone in men over 60: impaired performance and immunity, attacks of depression and irritability, decreased muscle mass, decreased potency, brittle bones and thinner skin that bruises easily.
Low Testosterone Can Occur at Many Age Levels – It is Not the End of Life!
The symptoms of low testosterone levels are generally not life-threatening, but they can greatly complicate your life. To avoid most of these issues at any age, eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of quality sleep and relax.
Remember, if you have a lot of the symptoms of Low T, get yourself tested so you can get on the path to full recovery and enjoy your life!
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