You may observe that your strength and muscle mass seems to be diminishing. Lifting heavy items seems to be more challenging than it used to. You might not work out as frequently because of low energy levels and you do not build muscle as quickly as you did in the past. However, there is no change in your current diet or activity level to explain this change in your body.
Decreased muscle tone and ability to build muscle can be a direct result of a loss of circulating testosterone hormones in the body.
Studies have found that when a man is relatively inactive, he will lose one-half percent of muscle mass each year between the ages of twenty-five and sixty. After age sixty, the rate of muscle loss doubles every ten years. It is a normal part of the aging process that some loss of strength and muscle mass can be attributed to age. However, supplementing with testosterone can slow the rate of muscle loss and help in retaining strength long term. In other words: as testosterone levels decrease, so does muscle mass.
Testosterone is a necessary component in gaining and retaining lean muscle mass. In a recent study, men who used testosterone replacement therapy for six months to bring testosterone levels to a healthy level experienced an increase in muscle mass of 2.5 pounds.
If you are experiencing decreased muscle or strength and any of the other symptoms below, we encourage you to get your testosterone levels checked: