After a sedentary work week, end-zone catches and 36-hole weekends can take their toll in common sports injuries. The seven most common sports injuries are:
Knee injury: ACL tear
Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
To see how to prevent and treat these common sports injuries...
Low T can also cause osteoporosis, which gradually weakens your bones, leaving them brittle and at risk for breaks.
Testosterone is also important for muscle health. Low T can cause muscle atrophy, which can also lead to increased risk of falling. The heart is a muscle too and needs testosterone.
As testosterone levels drop body fat increases, which can increase the risk for diabetes.
"Men should be aware of these symptoms and think about low testosterone," says endocrinologist Spyros Mezitis, MD, PhD, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Physicians have to think about it as well. It remains under-diagnosed and it's not part of a routine checkup."
But these symptoms can also be related to other conditions. Make an appointment with your doctor, who can do some tests to see what's causing your symptoms.
At the Doctor's Office
When you go to the doctor with symptoms of low T, your doctor will:
Go over your medical history
Discuss medications you take (prescription and non-prescription)
Ask you about any family or relationship problems
"We want to look for other possible sources of the symptoms," says Jason Hedges, MD, PhD. Hedges is a urologist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. "Other things can lead to these symptoms, including your job, stress, and everyday life."