Low Testosterone and Fatigue

Can Low Testosterone Cause Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue is one of the most common complaints in men with decreased testosterone levels. Our patients often report the lack of energy as the most debilitating symptom of the condition.

That’s because persisting fatigue can have a detrimental effect on your mood, personal life, productivity, work, and even your income. Diagnosing and treating the underlying cause is of paramount importance to your physical and emotional well-being.

Chronic fatigue does not go away after a regular rest and a good night’s sleep. Therefore, it should not be confused with physiological tiredness that arises after prolonged work and is easily reversible.

Does low testosterone make you tired?

The majority of men with low testosterone (T) complain of low energy levels and fatigue. According to one study, lack of energy was the most common symptom, reported by 88% of men with androgen deficiency. Most of the patients rated chronic fatigue as having a significant detrimental impact on their quality of life.

Is Your Fatigue Caused by Low T?

There are complex mechanisms linking low T levels to chronic fatigue. The symptom is the result of the changes in the body that occur in hypogonadism, such as slower metabolism, muscle loss, mood disturbances, anemia, and sleep problems.

The only way to find out whether your chronic fatigue is caused by low testosterone is to visit a licensed medical doctor such as an endocrinologist. He/she will determine whether your complaints are hormone-related by assessing your symptoms and measuring serum testosterone levels.

If two separate tests reveal that your T levels are under 300 ng/ml – you have male hypogonadism and your doctor should assign you a treatment for your complaints.

Currently, one of the most effective options for managing the symptoms of low T is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). It involves taking exogenous testosterone which can raise serum T back to normal levels.

Usually, the first benefits of the therapy occur after the 3rd week and include improved mood and libido. It takes 9-12 weeks of testosterone treatment to feel the reduction in fatigue and a burst of energy.

While on therapy, you will also experience an increase in muscle mass, bone density, and fat loss


Symptoms of low testosterone associated with fatigue

Lack of motivation and sleepiness are other common symptoms of hypogonadism that usually accompany fatigue. For example, patients with low T often complain of lethargy and falling asleep right after dinner. Also, high cholesterol and low T are very related.

Besides, one study reported that hypogonadism can lead to weaker muscles. Patients had significantly lower muscle strength when compared to healthy men.

Low testosterone is also known to increase the risk of anemia. The condition is defined as low red blood cell count and one of its hallmark symptoms is fatigue.

Other signs of low T include fat gain, low libido, erectile dysfunction, body hair loss, anxiety and depression. Men who suffer from cluster headaches and migraines may also experience low testosterone during the episodes. However, headaches are not a typical symptom in patients with low T.

If you suspect that your symptoms are due to an illness, make sure to contact the doctor or another experienced specialist. And get help to determine the exact cause of your complaints and prescribe the appropriate treatment for your condition.

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