It’s a fact that men’s testosterone levels gradually drop about 1% to 2% a year after you hit age 40. But more and more men are experiencing larger drops than normal for their age. Since testosterone is what gives males their manly characteristics like facial hair, deepened voice and high sex drive a dip can lead to a serious quality of life issue. So how do you know if you’re experiencing low T or if you’re just stressed or the changes going on in your body are due to aging?
1. Has your sex drive significantly decreased?
2. Have you packed on a few extra pounds without any lifestyle changes?
3. Do you feel depressed or have lost interest in things you enjoy?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you could be experiencing symptoms of low T.
Good news is there are several ways to naturally boost your testosterone levels. Lifestyle factors like getting enough sleep, keeping with your regular exercise routine with an emphasis on strength training, reducing stress levels and eating testosterone boosting foods like oysters and salmon can significantly increase your testosterone levels. The great thing about these changes are that they are things you should incorporate for a healthy lifestyle anyway, right?
Too content in your relationship may contribute to your low T.
This condition often goes untreated when men chalk up their lack of sex drive to getting used to their partner or just settling into married life. Since frequent sex is shown to support a healthy heart and overall level of contentment low T can be more dangerous than meets the eye if left untreated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms have a talk with your doctor at your next annual. If natural methods aren't enough your doctor can prescribe patches, topical creams, oral tablets, or injections and get you feeling like your old self in no time.