Simmons Medical Clinic, P.A. and Center for Health & Wellness

Hormones: Do men have them too?


I remember in my youth and I had lots of energy and I fought hard to weigh at least 150 pounds. I was working out in the gym and working with the athletes trying to get above that weight. Those were the days. I could ride a bicycle for miles, or use a skateboard to get to school or even go to the slopes in Colorado and ski with total fearlessness. What happened? Now I struggle to stay awake late enough to watch the news and where did this stomach come from? Could it be that my testosterone has something to do with it? In my youth I had muscles and I didn’t even have to try that hard to get them and I had boundless energy.  I thought I would always have that.

What many men don’t know is that the hormones of our youth start to disappear and with it our energy and our waistline. Over time, our ability to get things done slows down, our motivation begins to disappear and we begin to settle into the mundane day to day life. Many of us begin to exist merely moment to moment. We are tired at the end of the day, waking up throughout the night, avoiding mowing the yard and the golf course or tennis court seems but a distant memory. How many projects are stacked on our desks waiting for our attention? Why do we forget what she asked us to get when she sent us to the store? Where did that muscle and those tight abdominal muscles go? In fact, we may have forgotten what our feet even look like anymore.

If these things are happening to you, be aware that hormone levels begin to decline for men just as they do for women. We start feeling tired after 35. We find doing the yard work takes a lot to get started. We may be a little moody or grumpy. We have lost that lovin’ feeling and don’t ever recall being romantic at least not recently. And yes, we have a headache when we go to bed….

These are all symptoms of a hormonal decline in men and the onset of high blood pressure, increasing abdominal girth, loss of muscle strength, diabetes mellitus, and others. We men often have a hard time talking about our health concerns or our fear of dying or fear of disease, our fear that we won’t be able to work. And we certainly do NOT like to discuss our sexual performance or lack thereof. We will suffer in silence. Women typically have an easier time talking about such issues, and soon find they are not alone, but men may feel they are the only ones feeling this. Don’t despair, not only are they not alone…..there are answers. Knowing your testosterone levels and where they are is vitally important.

As testosterone declines, the overall quality of life begins to fade as well. Now, just because it is in the “Normal” range doesn’t mean it is optimal for maintaining health. It only means that you fit in the range that 95 percent of the other men fit and have the same feelings.

Well, here we are interested in the quality of your life. Life is to be lived and enjoyed, we are geared to play on the court of life and play hard, not just be a spectator watching from the balcony. Relationships are key to our health and that begins with the relationship with ourselves and how we feel. Life is supposed to be fun, risky, played hard, so that in the ultimate end, as we slide into home plate we can exclaim: “That was one hell of a game!” not walking through the steps and end up saying: “I wish I had_______”.  So if life is hard and not where you want it to be, let’s take a look and see what we can do to get you back into the game of life!

Well another night on the blog. Thanks for stopping by and listening.



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