As humans, one thing we really hate at times is getting old. In less than three week, I’ll be celebrating my 42nd birthday. While many dread aging, I’ve grown to embrace it especially since both of my best friends have passed away. One of them passed away a little over nine years ago and the other died from stomach cancer last year. On the flip side, many people that I’m cool with are older than myself. One of my new co-workers learned that my birthday is coming up and told me that I need to be prepared. My co-worker is 51-years-old, and he’s been telling me the different changes my body will go through. One of the first things he talked about was low testosterone. Of course, when he shared that with me, immediately that was something that I had to search up. Peep some of my findings below!
You’re Tired More Than Usual
One of the things you’ll need to get used to is fatigue. Some days you may feel like you just don’t have any energy. The next day you’re incredibly tired even though your mind wants to move. As you get older, sleep becomes your best friend. When your doctor or an older member of your family tell you to sleep, make sure you do it. Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. If all else fails, head to your doctor and talk to them about it.
Your Sex Life Suffer
One of the things that guys don’t want to discuss and that’s a lack of a sex life. Many confuse their low sex drive with erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation. Low testosterone alone is rarely the only reason for weaker and fewer erections. Other medical problems can be to blame, such as heart disease or diabetes. Once again, you may want to see your doctor to get some treatment.
Changes in Your Mood
When you’re dealing with low testosterone, you just don’t feel right at times. Low testosterone can get you down — a little or to the point of depression. Some men really see a change in personality. Nothing seems to make them happy anymore and they don’t want to do things they used to enjoy.
Many people don’t understand that you lose muscle and gain fat. If you’re not building muscle with the calories you take in and the physical activity you do, then your body turns the calories into fat. You may want to change to a healthy diet. When you start to lose weight and extra body fat from dieting, you may lose some muscle. If you are overweight or obese, your body may make more testosterone as you lose weight. This will help you gain lost muscle mass.
Loss of Bone Mass
Low testosterone has been linked to osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones. But there are other causes of osteoporosis too, so check with your doctor. To keep your bones healthy, try to avoid smoking and drinking.
Issues with Your Sleeping
Many people don’t realize that low testosterone is linked to your sleeping. When your testosterone is low, you might have trouble with insomnia and restlessness at night. To help get a good night’s sleep, have a relaxing bedtime routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same time, even on weekends. Make your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable, and only use it for sleep and sex.