Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men

Are you a grumpy old man or do you know one? As men age, their Testosterone levels start to decrease at an estimated rate of 1% for every year after 40. With this decline, some men can start to see changes in both their physical as well as psychological well being.

This conditioned is referred to as Andropause or Male Menopause and affects men differently depending on lifestyle, diet and genetics. The questions below formulated in the ADAM questionnaire1 form a validated test to determine if low testosterone may be an issue.

1. Do you have a low libido?
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 less strong?
8. Have you noted 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?

Research shows that questions 1 and 7 are the most diagnostic in suggesting low Testosterone. If coupled with a positive answer to at least 3 or more of the other questions, it’s worth having your levels checked.

If you have low Testosterone, book an appointment with our Naturopaths who can assist with herbal and nutritional compounds to naturally improve Testosterone and reduce the symptoms listed above.

1 Blumel JE, Cedraui P, Gili SA et al. Is the Androgen Deficiency of Ageing Men (ADAM) questionnaire useful for the screening of partial androgenic deficiency of ageing men? Maturitas 2009; 63(4): 365-368

Written by Sarah Durack

Published 03/08/2011

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