There appears to be some chat circulating in the general population that men aren’t as ‘manly’ or ‘rugged’ as they were a generation ago. One of the reasons for this might be due to our hormones. Up to 50 per cent of all men at age 40 have testosterone levels below what is considered the ‘normal’ range as compared to 40 years ago.

 Studies imply that the use of pesticides, preservativesin food and hormone pellets used to fatten up cattle, pork and chicken can act as ‘hormonal disruptors’, affecting hormonal balance in men and women.

As men age, our testosterone level naturally drops but this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some signs that your testosterone may be struggling:

·         mood changes (low mood and irritability)

·         poor concentration

·         low energy

·         reduced muscle strength

·         longer recovery time following exercise

·         low interest in sex (decreased libido)

·         difficulty getting and keeping erections

·         hot flushes, sweats

·         breast development

·         osteoporosis (thinning of bones)

·         low semen volume

·         reduced beard/body hair growth

·         easy fatigue

·         poor muscle strength. 

If any of these signs sound familiar to you then it might be time to get a health check.

Written by Naturopath Phillip Chua

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