Could those extra kilos be accelerating the decline in you testosterone?
Testosterone, is the main male sex hormone.
Testosterone is responsible for development of male characteristics such as body and facial hair, muscle growth and strength, and a deep voice. Normal levels of testosterone also influence the production of sperm and promote sexual function.
Extra kilos, specially around your mid-section or belly, may be responsible for accelerating the gradual loss of testosterone.
As men age, they tend to see a decline in testosterone of 1 percent every year over the age of 40.
And it is these drops that are linked to a lot of problems including fatigue, mood changes, low sex drive and loss of muscle strength.
A cycle of weight gain that is hard to get rid of is another big problem as well.
Obese men are 3 times more likely to have low testosterone than those at a healthy weight.
So, if you are between 35 and 40 plus, and you find that losing weight is not as easy as before, check with your doctor about your testosterone levels.
Your primary care physician can check your testosterone levels with a simple blood test and treat you if you have low levels.
If you are still young, be careful of the extra weight. Exercise regularly, watch your eating habits and your alcohol consumption.
It is the extra kilos accumulated in your belly that indicate the low levels of testosterone.