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Understanding The Manly Hormone

HOW TESTOSTERONE LEVELS AFFECT MEN’S QUALITY OF LIFE | CRACKYL MAGAZINE

By: Millicent Simonics

Alarming signs of the flame weakening include lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, diminished facial hair growth, loss of lean muscle mass, fatigue, obesity and symptoms of depression.

Basic knowledge in biology tells us testosterone is the primary male sex hormone made in the testicles and adrenal glands. Testosterone aids in producing sperm, making new blood cells, strengthening the muscles and bones and enhancing libido. Testosterone is the fire that ignites the male body. When this fire gets too weak or too strong, various organ systems are inevitably impacted in negative ways.

Can you have too much?

Excessive testosterone is more common among adolescents and women. In women, this can be indicative of polycystic ovary syndrome, with symptoms including increased body and facial hair, bulky muscles, alopecia and a deeper voice. In adolescents, high testosterone can cause abnormal genitalia in young girls, early puberty and infertility. This condition is uncommon among adult men, and when it does occur, it is likely due to long-term anabolic steroid use, which often causes decreased libido, infertility, gynecomastia and shrinking of the testes.

When the testosterone flame is too weak, it can lead to testosterone deficiency (TD). This can occur throughout life but is a common concern among aging men. It occurs in about 2 per cent of adult men, with an increased incidence over age 80. Some causes of TD that firefighters are more prone to than other men include damage to the testicles by accident, exposure to radiation, high blood pressure and use of pain medications.

Signs and symptoms of a lowering testosterone

Alarming signs of the flame weakening include lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, diminished facial hair growth, loss of lean muscle mass, fatigue, obesity and symptoms of depression. Similar to smoke signals, non-specific signs of TD include decreased stamina and physical strength, poor memory or focus and difficulty finding the right words. Just as smoke or alarms do not always mean fire, these signs do not always mean TD. Some signs, such as fatigue, may be caused by the demands of firefighting. It is important to take note and speak to a doctor if a combination of symptoms occur.

Treatment options for low T

Treatments include topical gels and liquids, short-acting injections and pellets. Each treatment has its own risks and side effects, which should be thoroughly discussed with a doctor before beginning use.  Some side effects are mild, such as rash, itching, swelling or bruising. More serious side effects include clotted blood under the skin, an interruption in normal sperm production and possible transference of the drug to others if used topically.

Low testosterone levels are something that should be monitored, especially if accompanied by other signs of TD. Be sure to keep an eye on any concerns you may have as you age but don’t rush off for dangerous and costly repairs the first time the hose malfunctions.

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