Battle of the Boep!
I often see men who are in reasonable physical condition, exercise regularly, don’t drink beer but carry a huge ‘boep’, the guy who looks nine months pregnant all year round.
Combine that physique with rarely being in the mood for sex or being so exhausted that the mere thought of sex makes you want to stay at work, you may be suffering from TDS.
TDS or Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome is more common than you think. Just like many women have hormonal imbalances, so too with men.
It happens for two reasons:
- Either the testicles are not producing enough testosterone or
- all the other hormones are out of balance causing a low testosterone level.
Testosterone is known as the male hormone although women have small amounts as well. It is part of a group of hormones called Andogens or steroid hormones.
Testosterone is a complicated little bugger and I have no intention of getting into its make up save to say that we all need it to be sexually healthy adults. For a man it is probably number 1!
If your testosterone levels are correct, you will lose fat, gain muscle and have a better proportioned body (think no boep). You will probably have a normal libido, erection quality and sexual pleasure will not be something to dread.
It is aid to improve cognitive functions, decrease depression, strengthen bones and even help fight off certain diseases like Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
To have your testosterone checked requires a simple blood test. Your doctor should be checking both your total and free testosterone levels. It always surprises me that men are so reluctant to go to the doctor that they would rather suffer.
Some of the symptoms of TDS include erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, lack of energy, depression, hair and muscle loss and an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
Late onset hypogonadism (LOH) also referred to as male menopause is a form of TDS associated with the aging process. This is usually accompanied with the purchase of a sports car, motor bike or getting an ear pierced or a tattoo.
TDS can also trigger or be the early warning signs of bigger health issues: Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Cardio Vascular Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. It is extremely important for your health and your family that you get it sorted.
Low Testosterone is also associated with young mortality rates. In my industry we say that ED (Erectile Dysfunction) also stands for early death!
Treatment is by way of prescribed medication or injection. It has to be done under the guidance of your doctor. It can take a couple of months to rectify or you may have to take regular medication. Treatment will alleviate the symptoms of TDS, induce or restore physiological functions and prevent the long term risks of TDS.
I can usually spot a man with TDS a mile away and I am always torn whether to say something or not. It’s an interesting exercise to see how men react when I do say something.
It ranges from ‘who asked you?’ to ‘Who do you think you are?’ One man did actually say ‘Thank you, I’ll get it checked out’. I saw him about 6 months later, he had lost weight and had an overall glow about him. He came over to where I was to thank me for the advise. He did indeed need testosterone, had received 3 injections and was feeling like a new man.
If I can leave you with one request this week, GO SEE A DOCTOR!
For more information you can email me email@example.com and follow me on twitter @SaSexpert.