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Is Low Testosterone Bad?

Is Low Testosterone Bad?

By Mike Kocsis | 7 minutes read | Last updated: April 10, 2021
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    Low testosterone is a condition that affects thousands of men worldwide on a yearly basis. It is a very notorious condition because the side effects can be severe and they can cause hard effects on the everyday lives of men that are dealing with low testosterone. Many men fear having low testosterone for the symptoms associated with it and long term health problems it can cause.

    What a lot of men don’t consider when thinking about testosterone is whether it has an actual negative effect on their health. As it turns out, low testosterone can affect the male body in a number of ways that they would find highly undesirable, both from a physical and mental standpoint.

    In this complete overview of is low testosterone bad, we’re going to cover the conditions under which low testosterone can be seen as harmful, as well as some more information that you might want to know if you are currently going through low testosterone or simply want to know more about the condition.

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    Health Concerns Associated With Low Testosterone

    When it comes to low testosterone, there are a number of reasons that the condition could be considered “bad”. Testosterone is a very important hormone for your body, and when it is out of balance, the effects can be severe and have a large impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments for this.

    But first, we are going to cover what exactly are the health concerns associated with low testosterone. Here are the negative health effects that are caused by low testosterone and the effect that they can have on your quality of life and lifestyle.

    Mental Health

    The first and perhaps one of the most severe of the health effects that can be felt with low testosterone is on the mental health of the individual. Testosterone is a hormone that is very important in the body of both men and women, meaning that any imbalance with testosterone can quickly lead to mental health issues that include depression, lack of confidence, and low self-esteem.

    The brain is a very delicately balanced organ in the body and the entire endocrine system depends on the body’s ability to balance the hormones in the body. When this doesn’t happen, any individual is more prone to mental health issues. The most common of these is depression in men with low testosterone.

    There are a few ways to treat this, but generally it is accepted that the cause of the mental health issues are low testosterone, therefore the most surefire way would be to raise the level of testosterone in your body. Some men also find success with combining this with going to speak to and talk with a therapist that specializes in these sort of issues.


    Another negative health effect of having low testosterone is obesity. When your body does not contain enough testosterone, it does not function properly. The general health of your body is at risk when this is the case. Testosterone plays a very important role in your general health and overall physique. If you want to have good health, you must have proper testosterone levels.

    In addition to being inconvenient for anyone that wants to have a healthy figure, obesity could also lead to other health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and other diseases that are life-threatening. If you want to avoid these, it’s best to ensure that your testosterone level is regular and safe.

    If you are experiencing obesity as a result of low testosterone, you should find that you have an easier time regulating your weight when your testosterone is at the proper level. You may also need to make lifestyle changes if you want to return to a healthy weight.

    Decreased Muscle Mass

    One of the most important roles of testosterone is to regulate the condition of the body and help build muscle for men. Naturally, you’d expect that as the level of testosterone in men decreases, the muscle mass will also decrease. Testosterone is absolutely crucial to the process of buidling muscle. However, the effects of low testosterone are even more severe than simply failing to build muscle.

    An individual that is low in testosterone will not only have a hard time building msucle, but also maintaining it. That is why it is typical for men that are low in testosterone to experience an actual drop in muscle mass. This can lead to other struggles in various areas of health, as well. A man who is experiencing lowered muscle mass as a result of low testosterone can experience mental health issues, as well as health issues stemming to physical health as a result.


    As we have said frequently, testosterone is very important to overall health. Many people know about the effects that lowered testosterone often have on the body when it comes to sex drive, muscle mass, and depression, but one of the lesser talked about issues has to do with energy. Men that are experiencing low testosterone often have the symptom of fatigue. Fatigue is very common in men with low testosterone.

    For many men, testosterone acts as a sort of regulatory chemical that gives them the energy and motivation that they need to get through the day. However, without this benefit, they can be left tired and exhausted for much of the day. This is one of many potential symptoms that men feel when they are experiencing low testosterone.

    Other Health Effects

    We’ve pretty much covered the main health concerns, but there are even more that are considered to be fringe effects of low testosterone. One of these is bone strength. Many areas of the body are affected by testosterone, and one of those is bone strength and the amount of hair that men have. When testosterone is low, men may also experience a lowered bone strength and accelerated balding and thinning of hair.

    Diagnosing Low Testosterone

    Knowing the health effects of low testosterone is one thing, but what comes next? Well, if you want to overcome the symptoms that you are experiencing, the best way to do so is to get a proper diagnosis from an expert hormone doctor like the ones we use at Balance My Hormones. With a diagnosis in hand, you can start to finally take concrete steps towards solving your low testosterone problem.

    Without a proper diagnosis, you’ll be shooting in the dark when it comes to addressing what you need to overcome your symptoms. However, a proper diagnosis allows you to know exactly what you need to do in order to address the condition directly.

    As it turns out, diagnosing low testosterone is actually a pretty simple process and it shouldn’t take much time. It’s a very effective method to keep track of your symptoms and compare them against typical symptoms of low testosterone, but there is a slight problem with it. The symptoms of low testosterone are also common symptoms of many other disorders and problems. This means that it’s rather impossible to determine the condition based solely on the side effects.

    However, there is a more surefire way to determine if the condition suffered from is low testosterone. That is through a simple blood test. Since testosterone is a hormone, the content can easily be detected through a blood test. To get a testosterone blood test, you need only go to the doctor and get one. You should explain to your medical professional the symptoms that you are experiencing, which might also prompt them to ask you for a blood test.

    Once you are sure of your condition and confident in the diagnosis, you can effectively treat your low testosterone.

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    Treatment Options

    Many men that are experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone are far more focused on what they can do to treat it. Some men believe that it is an insurmountable challenge, but that is simply not the case. In fact, there are several treatment options that are available for those suffering from low testosterone. Here are some of those options.

    Mental Health Treatment

    If you are experiencing mental health effects from your low testosterone, you may want to treat them as separate from physical health effects as a result of low testosterone. Mental health issues are common among men that are experiencing low testosterone since it can cause an imbalance in chemicals in the body, as well as heavily affect self-esteem.

    Testosterone Replacement Therapy

    If you want to address the problem with an effective solution, you can always add testosterone to your body. This is done through a treatment called testosterone replacement therapy. The goal of this treatment is to administer testosterone to the body through injection, gels, or other methods. This is intended to instantly raise the level of testosterone in the bloodstream. You will have to continue using this treatment if you want to continue to experience the benefits of balanced testosterone levels.

    Lifestyle Changes

    If your low testosterone is being caused by poor lifestyle, another option that you have is to make lifestyle changes that increase the body’s ability to keep a balanced testosterone level. This is often used as the method of choice by those that have a poor lifestyle such as smoking, poor diet, and frequent alcohol use. Simple lifestyle changes can make your body much more able to produce testosterone and maintain it at a consistent and healthy level.

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    About the Author: Mike Kocsis

    Mike KocsisMike Kocsis has an MBA with a focus on healthcare administration and is an entrepreneur and medical case manager for Balance My Hormones Ltd which offers medical services in the UK and Europe. Mike has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, much of that working with people who have hormone imbalances. Mike has appeared on podcasts and radio and is an expert speaker on the subject of hormone imbalance. He specialises in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and has helped thousands of people suffering from hormone imbalances recover and regain control of their lives. You can follow him on LinkedIn and on the Balance My Hormones YouTube Channel.

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