Can Low Testosterone Lead to Other Health Problems?

Low testosterone is common in men—but you may not know you have it because symptoms are similar to other health conditions, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). And if you do have low testosterone that’s not diagnosed and not treated, you may develop other health problems, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Problems with erections (erectile dysfunction) are one of the most common symptoms of low testosterone. Your body uses testosterone to help produce sperm cells. It also keeps you interested in sex, according to the NIH.

Extremely low testosterone, according to the NIH, can also cause other health problems, including:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Osteoporosis, with bones that are more prone to fracture; this is known as secondary osteoporosis—when bone mass loss is caused by medicine, lifestyle behavior or disease
  • Insulin resistance - men with diabetes are more likely to have low testosterone and more often have insulin resistance (when you need to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar normal)

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about how your health may be affected by low testosterone.

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