No one wants to feel sluggish and depressed, but what you may not realize is that these are also signs of low testosterone. Natural testosterone production begins to decrease around age 40, and both erectile dysfunction (ED) and low testosterone (Low T) are common issues that affect millions of men. In fact, there is about a 50% chance of having some degree of ED between the ages of 40 and 70, as well as about 10% of men ages 40 to 60 suffering from Low T. After age 60 the number of men suffering from Low T increases to 20% and after age 70 the odds of having some degree of ED further increase. The fact that ED can be a red flag for early heart disease makes it a matter worth discussing with a health care provider.
What You Need to Know About ED or Low T
Testosterone isn’t the only component for a man’s sex drive and performance, but low testosterone can result in sexual problems, including a lack of sex drive and erectile dysfunction. Because low testosterone is treatable, it’s definitely worth getting checked. It isn’t just about sex drive either; low testosterone is closely associated with many other health issues, including metabolic syndrome, obesity, endothelial dysfunction, and diabetes.
Put simply, ED is the inability of a man to either attain or maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse. The most frequent cause of ED is poor circulation to the penis. It’s this poor circulation that makes ED a red flag for early heart disease. Low T means the testicles are not producing enough of the hormone testosterone.
While ED and Low T share many similar symptoms, they are actually two separate conditions. Why the confusion? Low T can cause ED, but you can also have Low T and not suffer from ED. Plus, you can suffer from ED with normal testosterone levels. Let’s clear the confusion and understand why it’s important for you to have your testosterone levels checked.
What are the best treatments for ED or Low T?
Treatments for ED or Low T typically include testosterone replacement therapy as well as lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising, not smoking, and avoiding alcohol.
While it’s normal for a man’s sex drive to slowly decline after peaking in his teens and 20s, low or diminished sex drive is also a frequent indicator of Low T. Of course, low testosterone symptoms don’t always include a low sex drive. Sex drive can also be affected by stress, lack of sleep, depression, and chronic illnesses, which is why getting tested is important. Keep in mind that while low testosterone by itself rarely causes ED, as many as one in three men mentioning ED to their doctor also have low testosterone. Treatment for Low T usually includes testosterone replacement therapy.
Low testosterone, with no other health problems, only accounts for a small minority of men with ED. Still, Low T is linked with many of the conditions that do lead to ED, including metabolic syndrome, obesity, endothelial dysfunction, and diabetes. Also, Low T is a frequent accomplice to atherosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries and is the cause of most ED cases. When these tiny blood vessels are damaged, they can no longer supply the penis with a strong enough blood flow for a firm reaction. The most common causes of atherosclerosis are diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol. For men with these other risk factors to ED, Low T can make the symptoms even more pronounced. Treatment for ED often includes testosterone replacement therapy or medication in addition to lifestyle changes, for example, weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol.
At Men’s Best, we’re no stranger to Low T and ED, and our team of providers makes it as easy and comfortable as possible to maximize your health. We know that both ED and Low T can signify a more serious underlying medical condition, and that’s why we are here to answer questions and provide the targeted professional care that’s right for you. Receive op-notch primary health care in a relaxed environment with no wait times; find a location to get started.
- Both ED and Low T can signify a more serious underlying medical condition.
- Low testosterone is closely associated with many other health issues, including metabolic syndrome, obesity, endothelial dysfunction, and diabetes.
- ED can be a red flag for early heart disease.
- Feeling sluggish and depressed are signs of low testosterone
- While ED and Low T share many similar symptoms, they are actually two separate conditions.