What’s Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome?

June 29, 2020
One of the pathologies that can significantly affect sex is the so-called testosterone deficiency syndrome. It can have several causes and consequences.

Testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS) is characterized by low testosterone levels. It’s common for men to confuse their symptoms with those of aging. Therefore, it’s very important for you to see your doctor for a medical check-up, as this allows a correct diagnosis.

Previously, testosterone deficiency was associated with age. It’s true that the levels of this hormone begin to drop at the age of 50. However, it’s proven that young men can also suffer from this syndrome.

Likewise, its influence isn’t only in sexual function, as it affects health in many different ways. Thus, this syndrome can cause many different symptoms. Even without prior analysis, medical professionals themselves have a margin of error.

What are the symptoms and diagnosis of testosterone deficiency syndrome?

A man with sexual dysfunction.
Testosterone plays an essential role in a man’s sex life. In addition, it seriously affects other systems.

The male sex hormone and its metabolites work in different organs. For this reason, the symptoms of this condition vary widely. Some may go unnoticed or cause slight discomfort, while others are more severe:

  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Decreased bone mineral density
  • Loss of body hair
  • Cognitive and memory difficulties
  • Increased fat mass
  • Metabolic and insulin sensitivity changes

Medical professionals correctly diagnose the condition through a blood test that shows a man’s testosterone levels. Low levels of this hormone, along with an evaluation of the symptoms, allow the medical professional to diagnose this condition.

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Is there a treatment for testosterone deficiency syndrome?

The treatment is very simple and yields positive results in a short time. The medical professional indicates a hormone supplement that can be administered intramuscularly or through a gel that’s applied to the skin.

The milder symptoms disappear or reduce in the first weeks. But the other more serious symptoms can take up to three months to disappear. It depends on how long it takes the man to reach their normal testosterone levels. However, in all cases, this condition is treatable once diagnosed.

The man’s quality of life significantly improves with simple treatment. In this regard, the body begins to achieve a balance in its fat regulation, insulin, and muscle development processes. In turn, this improves the man’s mood and self-esteem.

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What can lead to an untreated testosterone deficit?

A man who can't get an erection in bed with a woman.
Fatigue and tiredness are the first noticeable symptoms, which can influence the patient’s personal relationships and quality of life.

As the symptoms indicate, testosterone deficiency can cause many problems, especially in the elderly. Physical and psychological difficulties are consequences of a considerable drop in the male sex hormone.

Here are some of the consequences that may occur:

  • Loss of energy and fatigue that modify the patient’s rhythm of life. The body can’t respond as it normally does.
  • Decreased strength, the product of decreased muscle mass. The man begins to feel weak.
  • Sexual dysfunctions, such as loss of sexual desire or erectile dysfunction, which cause relationship problems.
  • Work and social problems associated with mood swings.
  • Depression and other psychological conditions.
  • Other diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, or bone mineral deficiency fractures, begin to appear.

The importance of testosterone in a man’s life

The testicles make testosterone. TDS is caused by a low or total lack of production of the hormone or a poor response to it. Good eating habits, an exercise routine, and clinical treatment can help revert both causes.

It’s essential to have balanced hormone levels to enjoy a good quality of life. It not only favors sexual activity and desire but also regulates other bodily processes. Thus, it’s very important to prevent diseases.

Finally, it also affects personal interrelationships. Mood is extremely important in work or personal settings. When testosterone levels drop, some alterations that can negatively affect mood occur.

  • Manuel Gil Salom y Jose María Martínez Jabaloyas. Servicio de Urología. Hospital Universitario Doctor Peset. Valencia. 2010. SÍNDROME DE DÉFICIT DE TESTOSTERONA Y DISFUNCIÓN ERÉCTIL. Extraído de: http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/urol/v63n8/12.pdf
  • Servicio Navarro de Salud. 2012. Envecimiento y síndrome de déficit de testosterona. Extraído de: https://www.navarra.es/NR/rdonlyres/0220315B-65F6-44DA-A97A-7B1810DD2B39/237520/Bit_v20n5.pdf