Some men feel miserable when their Testosterone levels drop? Is there any truth in this?

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Yes! It’s even been called “irritable male syndrome”, and it might be why some men become like Alf Garnett the older they get — grumpy and irritable. It appears that men’s mood swings are down to a sudden drop in testosterone. Not only does testosterone increase muscle growth and speed up fat loss, it also appears to influence your brain, and therefore your behaviour. In fact, some scientists believe that middle-aged men go through a menopause, just like women.

Dr. Lincoln, whose work is featured in New Scientist, first identified irritable male syndrome in sheep. In the autumn, rams’ testosterone levels soar and they mate. In the winter, testosterone levels fall and they lose interest in sex. He found that even though testosterone is supposed to be linked to more aggressive behaviour, the rams were more likely to injure themselves when their levels of testosterone were low. Because the human brain is loaded with testosterone receptors (the parts of the brain that respond to testosterone), your behaviour is likely to be affected if your testosterone levels drop too low. Any kind of stressful event, such as relationship problem, an argument with the boss at work — even a hard workout in the gym — could affect your testosterone levels.

Richard Anderson, who is also at the Edinburgh unit, found that when men who cannot produce testosterone come off hormone replacement therapy, they become irritable and depressed. Their mood improves when they resume treatment.

Dr. John Morley, a researcher at Saint Louis University, has developed a simple way to work out if your testosterone levels are below normal. His test has been proven to detect low testosterone in up to 90% of all cases.

Simply answer yes or no to the following questions:

1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
2. Do you have a lack of energy?
3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/ or endurance?
4. Have you lost height?
5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life?”
6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
7. Are your erections weaker and less firm?
8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance? If you answered YES to question 1 or 7, or YES to at least THREE of the other questions, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from low testosterone levels. If you’re wondering why muscle growth is painfully slow, your sex drive has dried up, or you’re feeling grumpy and irritable, low testosterone could be the reason why.

[Note. Low testosterone levels can be boosted with the following: Methoxy-Max and Tribulus.]


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