Did you know that men are genetically predisposed to become grumpier as they age? So the next time your father or granfather complains about something that you may find trivial, cut them some slack! It may just be that they have low testosterone!
According to studies at the Mayo Clinic, male hormone levels drop dramatically with the normal aging process. According to Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, head of the International Society of Men’s Health and a urologist in New York City, decrease in these hormone levels can cause a “dampening” of mood.
“Testosterone is a hormone that grows muscles, reduces fat in the body, affects energy, and improves sexual desire,” Shabsigh says. “However, it also has neural-psycho effects. And in some men we encounter in our practice, those affects can be mostly visible: low mood and irritability.”
“Patients with low testosterone tell me they feel less capable of concentration. And they feel less capable of tolerating the nuances of everyday life – from family, friends, colleagues and customers,” Shabsigh said.
Are you feeling grumpy? If so, maybe it’s time to get your testosterone levels checked!