Fat cells are now known to act like other organs, secreting chemicals, sending signals, and influencing other parts of your body. For instance, fat cells produce an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone to estrogen, and an imbalance in your testosterone and estrogen levels increases body fat.
It also influences where you store fat. Low testosterone increases stomach fat, and too much abdominal fat is not only aesthetically displeasing, it also raises your risk for heart disease. Not to mention that being overweight is the quickest way to zap your energy.
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Lack of motivation is so intertwined with low Testosterone it's one of the top listed searches as a symptom. It's also one of the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms.
The Chinese refer to Testosterone as the "hot" hormone. It's the fuel for motivation and energy that drives you. When your testosterone drops, you can count on your overall zest for life to drop right along with it.
As a result, many people find depression to be a symptom of low testosterone because that carnal need for excitement is not being fulfilled. And when you are depressed your energy is depressed right along with you.
The Importance Of Sleep
Low testosterone can cause fatigue even for those who are getting plenty of sleep. However, in some cases, men and women may suffer from sleep issues that are caused by low testosterone or a hormone imbalance in general.
A good night’s sleep is a crucial component of maintaining a healthy immune response. Sufficient sleep increases the body’s number of infection-fighting antibodies and other cells. During sleep, the body releases pro-inflammatory cytokine proteins which are important for fighting infection.
In men, balancing testosterone levels using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) may help promote restfulness. In women, estrogen also helps promote healthy sleep. It helps the body properly utilize the neurochemicals, like serotonin, that assist in sleep—assisting patients in falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer. Replacing estrogen may help manage hot flashes, which have been proven to disrupt sleep patterns in perimenopausal women. For women, higher endogenous levels of progesterone promote a sense of calmness and relaxation and may help facilitate sleep.
Like the other symptoms caused from poor hormone balance, when you don't get enough rest your energy is the first thing to go.
Why Are You So Tired?
Everyone has phases of low energy when our only motivation is to click through the channels. But prolonged mental and physical fatigue and chronic low energy can be a sign of serious health problems. And there could be a unique set of reasons that you are experiencing fatigue for more than a few weeks at a time...
Both men and women gradually produce less testosterone as they age. When it comes to hormones and how they work in the body, Testosterone does the heavy lifting so to speak . It maintains everything from bone density to muscle mass to sex drive and beyond. A significant drop in the balance of your testosterone levels can result in increased body fat, decreased motivation, and sleep problems like insomnia. These symptoms can add up to chronic low energy, and mental and physical fatigue.