Test Your Testosterone
In your 30s, your bones can begin to lose their size, your heart begins to lose its oomph and your muscles begin to lose some strength. At least you get to hold on to that thing that makes you the manliest of men: your testosterone. Right? Not so fast …
A study reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that tracked 1,500 men revealed that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 suffers from low testosterone [source: Vann]. The Mayo Clinic states that our testosterone levels begin to decline by about 1 percent for every year men age over 30. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency include the following:
- Loss of sex drive
- Fewer nocturnal erections
- Decreased motivation or self-confidence
- Reduced strength
Some of these symptoms might be a natural result of aging, but others might indicate that your body doesn't have enough of the vital male hormone coursing through your veins.
If you feel you might be suffering from low testosterone, it's a good idea to visit a doctor who can measure your levels with a blood test. That's because in addition to the outward symptoms, low testosterone has also been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, heart disease and even premature death [source: Men's Health].
If you are found to be T-deficient, there are a number of replacement therapies -- often involving creams, gels or patches -- that can help restore your levels.