Ad­dress­ing ‘Low T’

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

THE say­ing “life begins at 40” should mean that the age of 40 is the start­ing point for a man to en­joy life. How­ever, many men do not re­alise that their phys­i­cal and emo­tional health is greatly af­fected by their testos­terone lev­els after the said age.

A healthy level of testos­terone is re­quired to main­tain the bal­ance of an­dro­genic and an­abolic ef­fects in men.

An­dro­genic ef­fects are re­spon­si­ble for male traits while an­abolic ef­fects pro­mote muscle and bone build­ing.

After the age of 30, how­ever, men nat­u­rally be­gin ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in testos­terone lev­els at a rate of about one per cent a year.

This de­cline in testos­terone level is of­ten re­ferred to as an­dropause or Low T.

An­dropause, the male equiv­a­lent of menopause, ex­plains a lot of vague symp­toms that af­flict many men in their 40s and be­yond.

Fac­tors such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion, stress, smok­ing and a seden­tary life­style can also speed up the process.

Free testos­terone is the bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive form of testos­terone.

It de­clines rapidly with age, with most of them bounded to

After the age of 30, men nat­u­rally be­gin ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in testos­terone lev­els at a rate of about one per cent a year.

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