Men be warned: Your testosterone levels start dropping in your late 20's

As Men's health Month draws to a close, general practitioner, Dr Darren Green, looks at the problem of low testosterone in men.

According to Dr Green testosterone performs important functions in a human body. It stimulates the sex drive, and more importantly is responsible for regulating bone mass, fat distribution and muscle mass.

When you have low levels of testosterone, your strength, ability and daily functions can be significantly impaired.

On the other hand, high levels of testosterone can affect you mood, neuro-psychiatry and energy levels.

Dr Green says testosterone deficiency in men is a treatable condition.

But be warned, testosterone levels start dropping when you reach your late 20's.

By the time you turn 45 you would've lost between 50 - 25 percent of testosterone

Dr Darren Green, Resident GP

Testosterone levels can be measured, but at certain times of the day. Dr Green says it can be done between 7- 10 am.

It's related to adrenal access which is controlled by hormones from the brain...

Dr Darren Green, Resident GP

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome symptoms:

  • Increased waist circumference
  • Irritability that is out of the norm
  • Inability to concentrate for longer periods
  • Very low mood levels
  • Low sex drive

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