Testosterone deficiency occurs when the level of testosterone drops to an unusually low level, or stops being produced altogether, resulting in symptoms that can often be mistaken as an effect of ageing.
Testosterone is produced naturally by the testicles. It’s required by all men for a healthy life, physically and psychologically. As well as stimulating sperm production and sex drive, testosterone is also crucial for the development of muscle and bone mass.
As men get older, testosterone levels often decline naturally; however, in men with testosterone deficiency the levels of testosterone drop to a point where it affects their health and enjoyment of life in a variety of different ways. It is particularly common in men over 50 and those who already have type 2 diabetes and erectile dysfunction (ED). Testosterone deficiency can be an important health warning for these other conditions.
There are various signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency that can have a significant impact on your sex life as well as your feelings and general well-being.