As 2017 comes to a close, you’re probably setting your sights on 2018 and beginning to think about starting a new health regimen. Our expert staff at Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson is here to support you with any men’s health goals you might have. While you work on your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to keep an eye out for these four symptoms that you should never ignore. Ignoring problematic symptoms can prolong treatment times and can put your health at risk. Contact a men’s health professional at our Tucson office today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction can be stressful and embarrassing for both you and your partner. Most men probably think that “sexual dysfunction” and “erectile dysfunction” are synonymous expressions, but they are importantly different. While erectile dysfunction is a form of sexual dysfunction, sexual dysfunction includes more than just erectile dysfunction. A declining libido or a loss of interest in sex is a common symptom of sexual dysfunction in men.

Sexual dysfunction can be caused by stress, alcohol use, depression, medication, and obesity. However, one of the most prominent causes of sexual dysfunction is low testosterone levels. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of the male sex organs as well as muscle mass maintenance and sex drive. Getting help with sexual dysfunction doesn’t have to be embarrassing; our men’s health experts are professional and have helped hundreds of men with sexual dysfunction. Contact our Tucson office today if you are experiencing sexual dysfunction.

Weight Gain

The holiday season is notorious for its ability to tack on a few pounds despite your best efforts. There are many causes of weight gain, including fluid retention, increased muscle mass, poor diet, and lack of exercise. However, weight gain can also be caused by low testosterone levels. Testosterone plays a crucial role in your metabolism, and your metabolism will drop significantly if your testosterone levels are too low. Many studies have demonstrated a relationship between low testosterone levels and higher body fat percentages. Studies have also shown the reverse to be the case: obesity can put you at risk for low levels of testosterone. Seeing the scale increase around this time of year isn’t unexpected, but you should see your men’s health provider immediately if you find that your weight is rapidly increasing throughout the year.

Decreased Strength

As we discussed in the previous section, testosterone plays a critical role in muscle mass maintenance. Many men with low testosterone levels begin to notice that lifting heavy objects feels significantly harder than it did in the past. Of course, some instances of waning strength can be explained by aging, lifestyle, and fatigue, but a persistent and increasing loss of strength is a prominent symptom of low testosterone levels that you should immediately discuss with your men’s health provider.

Depression and Mood Changes

Depression, irritability, and anxiety are serious symptoms that have been strongly associated with low levels of testosterone. While these symptoms can often be explained by personal problems or other causes, they can also be a sign of low testosterone. If you suddenly find yourself feeling down, empty, and unlike yourself, you may have low levels of testosterone. Contact a men’s health professional immediately if you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms.

Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson is committed to your ongoing health and well-being. Our expert staff specializes in men’s health and low testosterone replacement therapy. We’ve helped hundreds of men with their low testosterone levels and our expert staff can help you get back to feeling great. Contact our Tucson office for a consultation today if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms in isolation or together.

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