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Health Risks of Low T

Why Low Testosterone Can’t be Ignored

The more noticeable side effects of low testosterone are extremely unpleasant in their own right, but they are only the first sign of an even more dangerous risk hiding under the surface.  When Low T is left unattended, it can lead to dangerous health problems throughout your body that could even threaten your life.  These health complications are extremely serious and potentially deadly – but treating a lack of testosterone early could go a long way in preventing them from ever occurring.

Some of the most dangerous health conditions associated with low testosterone includes:

Anemia

Anemia is a condition where your body produces a dangerously low amount of red blood cells.  This can make it difficult for your blood to do its job efficiently and is potentially very dangerous.

Anemia has many causes, and several different types.  While low testosterone is not the sole, or even leading, cause of Anemia, it is certainly a culprit that could play a hand in its development.  Many of the symptoms of anemia – fatigue, lack of energy, sleep problems – are mimicked by low testosterone, as well.  These symptoms could be an indicator that your low testosterone may be on track to cause more serious problems.

Heart Disease

One of testosterone’s lesser known and less noticeable functions is its role in the creation of healthy red blood cells.  When your testosterone levels fall too low, then your body loses the ability to produce an adequate amount of healthy blood cells.Man with heart disease

Because of this, low testosterone may increase plaque buildup in heart or decrease vascular muscle tone – two conditions that are linked to a significant increase in developing heart disease.  Having low testosterone greatly increases the chances of developing a problem in the cardiovascular system because of this. 

Additionally, men who already suffer from heart disease have much shorter life expectancy if their testosterone levels are low, as opposed to men with heart disease whose testosterone levels are adequate or high.

Diabetes

Diabetes and testosterone have a dangerous relationship – men who suffer from low testosterone are more likely to develop diabetes, and men who suffer from diabetes are more likely to develop low testosterone.  The risk is not the only thing affected, either: men with low testosterone tend to have much more severe cases of diabetes.

Testosterone has an influence on your body’s insulin resistance, and studies have shown that men who undergo testosterone replacement therapy, when they have diabetes, increased their insulin sensitivity within a year.  Testosterone therapy may help to prevent diabetes, or reduce the severity of it if it is already present.

Accelerated Aging

Aging is natural, but low testosterone seems to have a strange impact on your body that accelerates aging.  The appearance of conditions normally associated with old while still young may be caused by having low testosterone.  Concerned pairThe risk of developing conditions like osteoporosis or weak bones, muscular atrophy, neurodegenerative disorders, and even prostate cancer at a younger age is increased when your testosterone levels are lower than they need to be.

Obesity

Testosterone is needed to keep your energy up and your muscles built.  When testosterone levels drop, your energy goes along with it, and your body has a much more difficult time retaining the muscle it already has.  Men with low testosterone typically suffer from muscle waste and poorer metabolism, putting them at much higher risk for gaining weight quickly and developing obesity.