Men go through Menopause too. Yup, it’s called Andropause!
That’s when you start having a big belly, your chest muscles become so droopy they look like man-boobs, you struggle to get out of bed every morning, you are cranking and snapping at everybody and it becomes your turn to tell your wife/girlfriend ‘Not tonight honey, I have a headache.”
Sounds familiar? If it does, your Testosterone is probably low and you have andropause!
Read more about Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome
Most men start to experience a drop in their Testosterone levels from about age 40. The drop is faster if you are obese or have a chronic medical problem like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol.
Low Testosterone does not only lead to sexual and lifestyle problems. It can also cause serious medical problems like osteoporosis. In fact, a very famous surgeon in Singapore had a fracture at only 45 years old because of osteoporosis from low T! Low T can also increase the risk of you getting prostate cancer.
So how do you know you have Low Testosterone?
First of all you can take a questionaire known as the aging male symptom score.
Which of the following symptoms apply to you at this time? Please, mark the appropriate box for each symptom. For symptoms that do not apply, your score is ‘0’.
Aging Male Symptom Score
(1 is None | 2 is Mild | 3 is Moderate | 4 is Severe |
|1.||Decline in your feeling of general well-being
(general state of health, subjective feeling)
|2.||Joint pain and muscular ache
(lower back pain, joint pain, pain in a limb, general back ache)
|3.||Excessive sweating (unexpected/sudden episodes of sweating, hot flushes independent of strain)|
|4.|| Sleep problems
(difficulty in falling asleep, difficulty in sleeping through, waking up early and feeling tired, poor sleep, sleeplessness)
|5.||Increased need for sleep, often feeling tired|
(feeling aggressive, easily upset about little things, moody)
(inner tension, restlessness, feeling fidgety)
|8.||Anxiety (feeling panicky)|
|9.|| Physical exhaustion / lacking vitality
(general decrease in performance, reduced activity, lacking interest in leisure activities, feeling of getting less done, of achieving less, of having to force oneself to undertake activities)
|10.||Decrease in muscular strength (feeling of weakness)|
|11.|| Depressive mood
(feeling down, sad, on the verge of tears, lack of drive, mood swings, feeling nothing is of any use)
|12.||Feeling that you have passed your peak|
|13.||Feeling burnt out, having hit rock-bottom|
|14.||Decrease in beard growth|
|15.||Decrease in ability/frequency to perform sexually|
|16.||Decrease in the number of morning erections|
|17.|| Decrease in sexual desire/libido
(lacking pleasure in sex, lacking desire for sexual intercourse)
Add up your total score. If your score is:
- > 50 – it is likely your Testosterone level is low
- 37 – 49 – it is possible that your Testosterone level is low
- 27 – 36 – it is unlikely that your Testosterone level is low
- 17-26 – you do not have symptoms of low Testosterone
If your score is high, you should see us for a blood test. That is the most accurate way to determine your Testosterone level.
So what can you do if you Testosterone is low?
1. Start hitting the gym!
Weight lost especially losing weight around your belly area is a great way to naturally boost your T levels.
Also, focus on strength training. Muscles make T! But also, you need T to make muscles so if you are training your brains out and still having problems getting those muscles, you might need medical attention.
2. Watch that diet!
Aside from eating healthy to lose weight, you should also avoid foods that are potentially high in Estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone that is anti-Testosterone!
Foods that are high in Estrogen include animal fat from poultry, milk and soy products.
Unfortunately, there is no good scientific data to show that any natural supplements can increase Testosterone levels.
Interested to find out your Testosterone level or to find out what other medical treatments are available?
Come visit our clinics and speak to our doctors.